Qualcomm has been the go-to company when it comes to chips on standalone VR and AR headsets. The Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo, and Vive Focus currently use various models of the Snapdragon chipset as they provide the drive for the standalone HMDs.
And while the Snapdragon provides incredible computing power for small devices, it was never exclusively dedicated to VR and AR headsets. The chips were compatible with smartphones and even tablets. But now, we are receiving reports that Qualcomm will be releasing a new chip called the Snapdragon XR1 which will be solely dedicated to VR and AR.
According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm will be showcasing the Snapdragon XR1 and this years Augmented World Expo 2018. This will be a system-on-a-chip that comes with a main processing unit, a graphics processor, security features and components to even handle AI tasks. In addition, the XR1 will be able to handle voice control on top of head tracking interactions with a headset.
We can also start to see longer battery life and performance with a dedicated chip such as the Snapdragon XR1. While the previous Snapdragons were shared between the smartphone and VR community, the XR1 can deliver performance and be optimized to sustain a longer battery life.
Currently, the Snapdragon 845 is the flagship model which is able to deliver high performance on mobile devices.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Specs
We hope to find out more as we get closer to the AWE 2018 convention in Santa Clara.