Qualcomm updates its VR dev kit and launches accelerator

Qualcomm updates its VR dev kit and launches accelerator

March 7th, 2017
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There’s a good chance Qualcomm already powers your smartphone, but the

company wants to extend its mobile dominance to VR.


														
							

Most current mobile VR headsets require the user to slot their smartphone in – which is often a cumbersome experience.Standalone mobile VR headsets are gaining in popularity, and there’s a strong likelihood we’ll see a headset released this year by a major player such as HTC.

Qualcomm showcased its own reference design for a standalone mobile VR headset based on its Snapdragon 820 architecture last year. A successor based on the Snapdragon 835 has since been created which takes advantage of the processor’s new features and power to improve the experience.

Qualcomm is launching an HMD (Head-Mounted Display) accelerator program to incentivise more companies to get on board. As part of the program, Qualcomm will provide companies with access to some of their supply chain partners as well as help with product marketing.

While the project was designed for VR headset manufacturing, Qualcomm says it will be expanded to help manufacturers looking to build AR headsets similar to HoloLens

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