Qualcomm has built many processors for the AR and VR devices for the last couple of years. Till now, no chip was fully dedicated to augmented and virtual reality. The company is now trying to make a serious and concentrated effort to establish themselves ad the dominant player in the mobile VR space.
Qualcomm has bought the changes by introducing XR1, which is said to be the first chip which is made specifically for AR and VR devices. The chip is said to be made of somewhat cheaper for the companies to build the entry-level versions of augmented and virtual reality gadgets. These chips will be coming to market at the end of the 2018 or in early 2019.
The Qualcomm is going for the AR and VR chip game which could be exciting for the industry. The company said that its current flagship phone processor, the Snapdragon 845, but it is still the better choice for the VR and AR. The XR1 chip is built for the simpler devices which are meant for videos and passive experience than gaming.
The XR1 chip by Qualcomm shows that the creation of the platform which means that Qualcomm feels the market has now grown enough that the point has come in which it can justify the costs of the dedicated platform which include the silicon engineering and even more expensive developer and other consumer relation campaigns.
XR1 is said to be a part of the two-pronged strategy for the Qualcomm XR SoC front. The company sees the mobile headset market in three ways which are, entry-level “cardboard” devices used in phones, “premium quality” 6DoF headsets like Lenovo Mirage and “high-quality” and economic priced 3DoF headsets.
Qualcomm describes XR1 gadgets as “lean back and 360 viewing of videos in place of “room scale tracking” which is equipped with “simple controllers” rather than hand-tracking abilities. The chip is also capable of supporting 4K displays at 60fps, can detect movement with six degrees of freedom and voice activation.
It sounds interesting when we hear Qualcomm decide to build high-end chips in the XR line. It can support more powerful VR and AR specific features which could be a general purpose chip. The company has also signed with four partners for VR headsets which include Pico, Vuzix, Meta and HTC Vive.