Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) Radeon FreeSync technology is about to make Xbox One X and S console gamers glad to see the powers of refresh technology.
In other words, with new support for AMD’s FreeSync, compatible displays will now be able to sync up refresh rates with MSFT’s consoles- translating to a gaming experience that will be fluid and tear-free.
It was just back in 2015 when the chip giant first unleashed its FreeSync technology with a strategic goal: ending choppy gameplay and broken frames. How? On back of a cost-effective, industry standard approach, AMD hoped to drive widespread adoption of its adaptive refresh technology.
Gamers have responded en masse, making it the overwhelming choice for smooth, stutter-free gaming with more than 240 FreeSync™ compatible displays on the market from 20+ partners.
Present-day, AMD is propelling its tear-free gameplay beyond the PC arena, now offering support for a smooth gaming experience for Xbox One gamers on select consoles.
“Gamers on Xbox One S and Xbox One X can now enjoy the same benefits of their PC gaming counterparts, with broader rollout following in the next few weeks: exceptional stutter-free gaming experiences powered by Radeon FreeSync™ technology,” said Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “The quality of the experience, wide variety of enabled displays, and gamer-friendly pricing have all contributed to PC gamers choosing Radeon FreeSync™ as the definitive adaptive refresh solution. Now, thanks to Microsoft, millions more gamers playing on Xbox One S and X consoles will have access to tear-free gaming in their living rooms.”
“AMD and Microsoft have a long history of innovation, collaborating on hardware and software to bring gamers the best possible experiences,” said Albert Penello, Senior Director, Xbox Console Marketing. “With the introduction of FreeSync™ technology support for our Xbox One platform, AMD and Microsoft are bringing a critical gaming technology to a broader base of gamers. We are excited to deliver a whole new caliber of smooth gameplay to players on Xbox One S and Xbox One X.”
FreeSync™ technology helps ensure smooth gameplay by synchronizing the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the framerate of a gamer’s Radeon™ graphics card or Xbox One S or Xbox One X console, helping to reduce latency and eliminate tearing and stuttering during gaming. FreeSync™ technology relies on an open ecosystem approach enabling display partners to harness variable refresh without costly licensing fees. With more than twice as many FreeSync™ displays available than the often-costlier competing technology, the industry has endorsed open standards as the path forward. Meanwhile, most gamers now expect variable refresh rate to be a standard feature for displays, rather than a feature they need to pay extra for.
Since introducing FreeSync™ technology, AMD has continued to enhance the ecosystem, introducing support for vibrant High Dynamic Range (HDR)1 gaming with the release of Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 technology in 2017. FreeSync™ 2 combines HDR support with dynamic refresh rate technology in a seamless manner, providing a tear-, and stutter-free, low latency HDR gaming experience. With enhancements to AMD’s Radeon™ Software and Enhanced Sync, FreeSync™ offers gamers more options for smoothing frame rates.
The Microsoft Xbox One X and Xbox One S now support FreeSync™ 2, and Xbox One will support FreeSync™ technology. Enabled in the console’s menu, players will experience FreeSync™ with an HDMI™ connected FreeSync™ capable display.
TipRanks indicates a Wall Street analyst consensus tilted towards the bullish camp on AMD. Out of 15 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 7 are bullish on AMD stock, 5 remain sidelined, while 3 are bearish on the stock. With a healthy return potential of nearly 38%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $15.46.