Japanese gaming website 4Gamer reports that AMD has discontinued support for 32-bit drivers for the company's graphics cards.
The company put 32-bit support for AMD drivers on Windows into legacy support. AMD customers who use 32-bit Windows operating systems may continue to use the latest 32-bit driver released by the company for its video cards but won't receive any more updates for it.
The only exception to the rule is that AMD may patch critical issues that are discovered in the near future. Whether that means critical security issues, stability issues, or issues with individual games is unclear at this point in time.
AMD Radeon Software support for Windows operating system has been moved to a legacy support mode - we are not planning to support x32-bit Windows operating systems in future driver releases. 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.
The last 32-bit version of the Radeon driver, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.3, for Windows was released in September 2018. It included support for Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon and fixed two stability and usability issues.
The latest driver that AMD released is driver version 18.10.2; the driver is only available for 64-bit versions of Windows and not for 32-bit versions anymore.
Nvidia, AMD's biggest rival in the video card niche, announced end of support for 32-bit drivers on Windows in 2017 but promised to produce security updates for 32-bit drivers when necessary until 2019.
A quick look at Steam's Hardware Survey for September 2018 shows that 32-bit operating systems make up below 2% of the entire Windows operating system population. Steam's survey does not provide a 100% image of the entire Windows population; gamers tend to invest more in hardware and software as games are mode demanding than most other applications that Windows users may run on their devices.
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