Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 will power VR and AR devices soon

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR1 aims to bring advancements in Virtual and Augmented realities

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Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) has been around for quite some time now. And while there has been some breakthroughs with its development and implementation, we never have truly seen a significant leap in terms of the hardware used to make it function.

Popular VR headsets like the Lenovo Mirage and Oculus Go are starting to go mainstream. At its core, these devices use the same Snapdragon processor used in smartphones. And while powerful, Qualcomm believed that further enhancements can be made in their chips that are being used for VR.

Enter, the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1.

This is the first ever processor from the chip maker to be fully intended for VR and AR use. They even went as far as to categorize all types of “reality” as simply, “eXtended Reality”—hence the XR1 tag. This chip is expected to be released in Q4 of this year and Qualcomm projects that it will power more than 186 million XR1 devices in the next 5 years.

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The company plans on offering their chips based on the features that will be included, specifically the number of degrees-of-freedom (DoF). An entry level XR1 chip might only include 3 DoF while a top-of-the-line XR1 will include up to 6 DoF. It’s somewhat similar to how computer processors from Intel are laddered, entry-level chips feature less cores versus its more premium siblings.

Expect XR1-equipped headsets to hit the markets late this year or early 2019.

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