To be fair, AMD did prime the pump a bit by sending me the 8GB version of the RX 480.
That means the chip itself is significantly smaller than the cards using the company's previous 28nm design, which first debuted back in 2011.
Installing the RX 480 was like any other GPU: Plug it in a PCI Express slot and connect additional power (in this case, it's a single 6-pin PSU cable).
Notably, the RX 480 was also slightly faster than comparable benchmarks from NVIDIA's GTX 970, which still costs more than $300 today (and was previously the bare minimum you needed for VR).
There's a chance that the 4GB version of the RX 480 could have some issues dealing with virtual reality, but given the speeds I saw with traditional games, even that card should be able to handle basic VR requirements (pumping out a 1,200-by-1,080 resolution at 90 fps).