Radeon 17.4.1 drivers engage spacewarp

AMD has updated its long-named Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition software to version 17.4.1. Judging from the release notes, the main focus for this release is delivering smoother virtual reality experiences through API magic. The headlining features are support for Oculus' Asynchronous Spacewarp on Radeon R9 290 series, R9 390 series, and R9 Fury series graphics cards, along with support for SteamVR Anynchronous Reprojection on Radeon RX 470 and RX 480 graphics cards under Windows 10. The new release is not as comprehensive as the major feature improvements introduced last December, but then again, driver updates seldom add anywhere near that much new stuff.

The update also enables DisplayPort High Bit Rate 3 (HBR3) connectivity over DP1.4, support for 8K resolution at 60 Hz (with dual cables), and support for 8K at 30 Hz with a single cable. The only 8K display we can think of right now is Dell's $5000 monster, but more 8K panels are surely on the way.

Every graphics driver release has bug fixes, and AMD says that this update squashes problems with display flickering when running games and applications in borderless fullscreen mode, poor multi-GPU scaling in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and system hangs when unplugging XConnect external graphics devices. The company also says that the Radeon Settings application should be more responsive during driver upgrades.

The release notes page includes download links for the drivers for contemporary Windows operating systems, with the exception of Windows 8.1 32-bit. The notes specifically that mention these drivers are not intended for use with machines running Apple Boot Camp.

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