Last year, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Google joined forces to develop mixed reality devices. Mixed reality involves wearing a headset that adds digital content to the real world. The newest chip runs on Android. This suggests that the companies might release a more budget-friendly headset compared to Apple’s Vision Pro, which costs $3,499 and is set to launch early this year. Apple’s headset uses the M2 processor found in some Macs.
Qualcomm Unveils Latest Chip for Mixed Reality Devices
The latest Qualcomm chip, named the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2, is an upgrade from the older Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 found in the $499.99 Meta Quest 3. It comes with enhanced capabilities, supporting sharper screens and better graphics.
Qualcomm is providing a reference design for AR and VR to assist original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in expediting production. The company is collaborating with at least five hardware manufacturers, including HTC.
“Hugo Swart, the Vice President and General Manager of Extended Reality at Qualcomm, mentioned that the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 enables a 4.3K resolution. This advancement is expected to elevate XR (extended reality) productivity and entertainment, delivering exceptionally clear visuals for applications like room-scale screens, life-size overlays, and virtual desktops.”
The announcement stated that Qualcomm’s partnership with Samsung and Google, but specific availability details are not yet clear. Google has encountered internal challenges in its AR team, and there are reports of hardware delays at Samsung. In the meantime, Apple’s Vision Pro launch could be just a few weeks away.
The launch date for new products from Samsung and Google remains uncertain.
Qualcomm introduced a new chip, the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2, for mixed reality devices in collaboration with Samsung and Google. This chip aims to compete with Apple’s Vision Pro by offering improved visuals and affordability. However, specific release details are unclear due to challenges faced by Google and Samsung. Meanwhile, Apple’s Vision Pro is expected to launch soon.