Drivers, SDKs and Libraries


Programming code on a monitor.

LiquidVR™ provides a Direct3D 11 based interface for applications to get access to the following GPU features regardless of whether a VR device is installed on a system:

  • TrueAudio Next: is a scalable AMD technology that enables full real-time dynamic physics-based audio acoustics rendering. Leveraging the powerful resources of AMD GPU Compute, it enables the truly immersive audio required to achieve full presence in VR.
  • Asynchronous Shaders: Provides a subset of the async compute functionality native to Direct3D 12 in Direct3D 11. Helps to increase performance and decrease latency.
  • Affinity Multi-GPU: Provides the ability to send Direct3D 11 API calls to one or more GPUs set via an affinity mask.
  • Latest Data Latch: Provides the ability to update data asynchronously from the CPU to reduce input or sensor latency.
  • Direct-to-Display: Bypasses the operating system and sends the result of VR rendering straight to the headset for lower latency and better compatibility. This LiquidVR functionality is exposed in a special SDK targeted at headset vendors, and is not application-accessible.
  • GPU-to-GPU Resource Copies: Provides ability to copy resources between GPUs with explicit control over synchronization.

In Version 1.1 (driver 17.4.1 / 17.10.1061), we added support for:

  • Motion Estimation: Calculates the motion estimation generated from two surface frames.  Motion estimation works on specific GPUs and can be used for ASW.
  • Vulkan Interoperability:  Provides conversion for buffers, surfaces and semaphores.

The LiquidVR run-time is automatically installed by the current AMD drivers. All that is needed for usage in an application is the LiquidVR.h header file, which is included in the LiquidVR SDK on Github. Download the White Paper to read a quick start guide which describes how to integrate LiquidVR into an application.

Game Engine Integrations

Example game engine integrations are provided for some LiquidVR features. More information can be found at the link below.


  • AMD Radeon™ GCN-based GPU (R9 390 or better recommended)
  • Windows® 7 or newer