News – AMD Ending Radeon Software Driver Support for 32-bit Systems
And now in moves that make a great deal of sense, AMD has officially confirmed it will be support for its AMD Radeon GPUs and Radeon Software drivers on 32-bit Windows systems.
The number of people and firms using 32-bit Windows is getting vanishingly small these days, and AMD is following in Nvidia’s footsteps by calling end-of-life on 32-bit support.
“AMD Radeon Software support for x32-bit Windows operating systems has been moved to a legacy support mode — we are not planning to support x32-bit Windows operating systems in future driver releases,” said AMD in a statement. “This change enables AMD to dedicate valuable engineering resources to developing new features and enhancements for graphics products based on the latest x64-bit Windows-based operating systems.
“Users can continue to use existing x32-bit drivers if they so choose. However, for those who are passionate about gaming and want to continue receiving the best of Radeon Software features and performance, we recommend they consider upgrading to a x64-bit Windows operating system.”
According to the latest Steam hardware survey, the number of Steam users still running 32-bit Windows is just 0.13%, so this isn’t really a change that’s going to affect many gamers.
If you are still running a 32-bit OS, AMD’s legacy support means there won’t be any driver updates unless critical issues are discovered in the final available 32-bit drivers, at which point AMD will work on a fix.