The Meta Quest Pro VR/MR headset has just been announced, and it’s powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1 chipset. Thankfully, Qualcomm itself has now published some more details about it.
For sanity’s sake, the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1, which we’ll call XR2+ from now on, comes with a new image processing pipeline that achieves latency of less than 10ms, unlocks full-color video passthrough for mixed reality (MR).
It also supports 8K 60fps 360-degree video, head, hand and controller tracking, 3D reconstruction, automatic segment mapping and ‘one-time perception’ technologies including high pixel density. The chip features 30% improved thermal performance and 50% higher sustained power compared to the previous generation.
Interestingly, the Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers are powered by the Snapdragon 662 platform, which allows them to track in multiple embedded position cameras and offers ultra-low latency for the headset.
Qualcomm says several OEMs are committed to launching XR2+-powered devices by the end of the year. So far, Snapdragon XR chips power over 60 XR (eXtended Reality) devices worldwide.
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