AMD’s any-game frame generation tech is officially launching out of beta with the RX 7600 XT release on January 24

AMD’s Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF) technology has been part of a regularly updated preview driver since late September, and the red team has been adding support for a host of different RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 GPUs since then. And buried in the unveiling of the Radeon RX 7600 XT at CES 2024 this week is the announcement that AFMF is going to be part of the release driver for the new mid-range graphics card.

AMD Fluid Motion Frames is part of the red team’s answer to Nvidia’s DLSS 3 and Frame Generation, but doesn’t require GeForce hardware or even game integration to make it happen. 

AMD does have a game-specific frame generation feature, currently only available in Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum, and coming to a suite of future games, but AFMF is driver-based and should work on any DirectX 11 or 12 game.

But it’s been sat in the preview stage for the last few months with no details about when it would hit the main driver stack. But with the note at the bottom of the AMD CES 2024 presentation stating that “AMD HYPR-RX with AMD Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF) available with AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT launch driver” we now know that it will be released on January 24.

That’s great news for gamers on lower spec hardware as it gives players the opportunity to smooth out their gaming experience on a huge number of titles, far more than the green competition.

Which is why AMD believes that Nvidia is potentially going to have to follow suit with it for once. AMD’s Aaron Steinman told Jacob that he believes Nvidia is “going to have to do something similar” if it wants to keep pace in the upscaling arms race.

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But frame generation—in either driver- based or game-specific trim—is no frame rate panacea, however, as you still need a certain level of gaming performance for it to be a benefit more than a latency hinderance. That said, with the recent update to the preview driver delivering support for the 700M-series iGPU, I’ve had Baldur’s Gate 3 running on my Framework 13 laptop to great success. 

That’s the same 780M graphics silicon as in most gaming handhelds and the next-gen Ryzen 8000G desktop APUs, and I’ve seen FSR 2 Balanced performance go from around 30 fps on High settings to a pretty steady ~60 fps with AFMF enabled. And it looks and feels really good, too.

PC Gamer’s CES 2024 coverage is being published in association with Asus Republic of Gamers.

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