Meet the Snapdragon XR1.
The rise of VR and AR apps and hardware has led to chip manufacturers making faster and more optimized chips for smartphones and other mobile devices that support them. But it can only go so far as these chips still need to be optimized not just for AR and VR.
In line with this, Qualcomm has announced that it has built a new chipset solely made for standalone VR headsets. The Snapdragon XR1 will be the first chipset that’s made especially for VR and AR.
The XR1 is able to provide support on VR devices like 4K 30 fps. It also has the backing from prominent leaders in VR in the market, including HTC, Meta, Vuzix, and Pico.
Its current mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 845, already powers a majority of flagship smartphones from HTC, Sony, Samsung, Xiaomi and OnePlus. While it is already known that the Snapdragon 845 has some optimizations to support AR and VR, the XR1 may be interpreted as a low-cost option for standalone VR headsets. This, in turn, could make these headsets less expensive than they are now.
Expect the Snapdragon XR1 to power next-generation VR headsets that could come as early as the end of this year.