Qualcomm Updates Reference VR Headset Platform To Leverage Powerful Snapdragon 835

It's definitely in the company's best interest than to foster VR development amongst ODMs (original design manufacturers) around the globe.

These efforts suggest that we could see compelling new VR developments and products in the near future, and that we may even see some notable product launches at MWC.

Through the HDM Accelerator Program, manufacturers will be given direct access to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR headset reference design, along with hardware components that have been fully validated. After all, the Snapdragon 835 chipset Qualcomm revealed last November has been optimized for VR, the company says, and it has worked with other software and hardware companies to generate representative applications of its capabilities.

Most current mobile VR headsets require the user to slot their smartphone in - which is often a cumbersome experience. This has users inserting their smartphones into a cradle for a VR experience. Users won't need a smartphone or a computer to use them, reports Computer World.

PCMag's Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan got some eyes on time with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR headset at CES in January.

The VR dev kit is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017. Qualcomm says the VRSDK is created to help developers achieve performance and power efficiency for yet-to-be-named devices that are expected to ship in the latter half of 2017. The new dev kit will feature free motion 6DOF inside-out tracking based on a pair of cameras, and will also highlight new eye-tracking technologies that will lessen compute loads on the system. Talking about the trackpad, Qualcomm has also announced that it is partnering with Leap Motion to integrate its hand-tracking tech into the platform. It will also have two on-board cameras that will provide the headset with six degrees of freedom for motion tracking, along with an integrated sensor that will contain the device's gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetic compass.

  • Carolyn Briggs