Qualcomm has pulled the wraps from the Snapdragon 845 Xtended Reality (XR) platform. The new platform is expected to be a launchpad for standalone VR headsets and will cater for both VR and AR solutions. The Standalone VR/AR headsets undercut the competition with one huge benefit; they don’t need to be wired to a powerful pc or even a smartphone. In all likelihood, Qualcomm’s platform will be used by Facebook Oculus Go and the HTC Vive Focus.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is a mobile processor that will succeed the Snapdragon 835. It is good to know that VR has finally become enough mainstream that chipmakers have started supporting the same in their high-end mobile chip offerings. The Xtended Reality Platform will include AR, VR, and mixed reality technologies. The best part is that Qualcomm is showing off the new Snapdragon 845 based platform at the upcoming MWC in Barcelona.
The Snapdragon 845 platform will be accompanied with Adreno 630 GPU and will offer six degrees of freedom. Additionally, the platform is also capable of detecting real-world objects and avoiding the same with the help of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), Unlike the current setups the SLAM will not need external cameras or sensors and will be wireless.
Brands and Companies will typically use the XR reference design to build their own device. For instance, Oculus or even HTC can make use of the reference design and build their own products. Meanwhile, as opposed to the 835, the new 845 is said to offer 30 percent faster graphics and 20 percent better power efficiency. Qualcomm will now support the 2K resolution, and the display throughput is also said to be drastically better.
As far as graphics are concerned, the Adreno will make use of foveated rendering that reduces the load on the computing chips and also helps achieve better efficiency. In this technique, the headset detects where the user is looking and will only focus on that part of the picture while keeping the rest of the picture out of focus. The foveated technique is similar to the portrait modes in the smartphones.