Jan 4, 2024 - Technology

New Qualcomm chips could power AR to rival Apple's Vision Pro

A reference design Qualcomm mixed reality headset

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Qualcomm on Thursday announced an updated version of its chip for augmented and virtual reality devices designed to make headsets more detailed and realistic.

Why it matters: Consumer tech companies, including Samsung and HTC, are racing to build new reality-altering products with Qualcomm as Apple readies its mixed-reality Vision Pro, which is expected to launch by February.

  • Self-contained VR and AR headsets require heavy compute power and unlike Apple, which has a vertically integrated production process for its devices, other hardware makers are relying on external chipmakers, largely Qualcomm, to power their devices.

Zoom in: Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Platform is a new version of its XR2 Gen 2 platform, which has been powering Meta's Quest 3 VR headset.

  • The "+" version of the chip offers faster processing, support for more concurrent cameras and higher resolution displays.
  • Samsung and HTC Vive are among the companies building devices based on the new chip. Samsung said it's working with Google for its project, but neither company offered specifics.

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