The long-awaited Vega series will get more exposure later this month at GDC 2017 at AMD’s Capsaicin event. While AMD has not explicitly mentioned Vega in the post, the event’s title “Summer of Radeon Sneak Peek” leaves nothing in question, we can safely count on Vega’s presence at GDC.
“On February 28, kick off your GDC with an exclusive glimpse into the Summer of Radeon and beyond! Our feature-packed show will be highlighted by the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the game industry forward – with previews of the summer’s hottest PC games and VR experiences from the biggest names in the business.”
AMD’s Capsaicin event will kick off at 10:30AM Pacific Time and will be livestreamed.
Last year’s Capsaicin event gave us a look at AMD’s GPU roadmap, a brief demo of HITMAN running on Polaris 10 GPU and the announcement of Radeon Pro Duo. The title of the event suggests that Vega will arrive in May or June, coinciding with the official release date which is slated for the first half of 2017. With respect to its release date, it feels early to expect product lineup at GDC. AMD is likely to once again follow with another briefing on the Vega architecture aided by more real-time gameplay demos.
We might get to see another glimpse of the mysterious Vega GPU with device ID 687F:C1 that was previously demoed in action at an exclusive event and then at AMD’s New Horizon event. The GPU was confirmed to feature 8GB HBM2 and is powerful enough to run DOOM and Star Wars Battlefront on 4K/60fps at Ultra quality setting, a feat that rivals NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080.