Asus ROG Ally Gains AMD Fluid Motion Frames for Smoother Gameplay

The Asus ROG Ally, a leading handheld gaming PC, receives a significant performance boost with the addition of AMD’s Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF) technology. This driver-level feature significantly improves visual smoothness by injecting generated frames between those rendered by the game engine, primarily targeting DirectX 11 and 12 titles.

Previously available on desktop and mobile AMD graphics cards, AFMF was notably absent on the ROG Ally due to its unique driver configuration. The handheld utilizes the Ryzen Z1 chipset, integrating an AMD processor and graphics card, but relies on a specialized driver distinct from standard Radeon Software.

This update addresses this gap, offering a substantial advantage for handheld gaming where performance limitations are often present. AFMF has the potential to enhance demanding titles like Cyberpunk 2077 by enabling smoother gameplay at higher graphical fidelity. Additionally, for less graphically intensive games like Hi-Fi Rush, AFMF can potentially unlock the full potential of the ROG Ally’s 120Hz, 1080p display.

While AFMF is now technically supported, current access requires enabling the feature directly within Radeon Software, either globally or on a per-game basis, instead of the ROG Ally’s native Armoury Crate utility. Asus assures future integration within Armoury Crate for a more streamlined user experience.

It’s crucial to distinguish AFMF from upscaling technologies like Nvidia’s DLSS 3 or AMD’s FSR 3. AFMF operates solely at the driver level, analyzing two rendered frames and employing an algorithm to estimate an intermediate frame. This approach falls under the category of motion-smoothing technology, primarily focused on visual fluidity rather than raw performance enhancement.

Despite its limitations, such as deactivation during rapid motion sequences and potential quality inconsistencies due to the lack of in-game data access, AFMF offers a valuable tool for the ROG Ally to achieve smoother gameplay experiences.

Interestingly, the ROG Ally stands as the sole handheld gaming PC currently equipped with AFMF support, despite the presence of AMD chipsets in competing devices like the Steam Deck and Lenovo Legion Go. This might suggest the possibility of future updates incorporating this technology into these competing platforms.

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