Qualcomm the chip maker revealed a reference VR headset design, called the Snapdragon VR820, that is built around its Snapdragon 820 processor. This is part of the plan outlining that aims to lower the price of VR technology for the consumers. They are hopeful that it will allow manufacturers to cut development costs, which should make VR cheaper for consumers too.
Inside it has four of Qualcomm’s custom Kryo CPU cores and an Adreno 530 GPU. It’s paired with dual 1440×1400 AMOLED displays with 70Hz refresh rates. Its features also include six-axis motion tracking, eye-tracking hardware, and two forward facing cameras which will transmit information to the headset so it will also work with augmented reality.
The added advantage of Qualcomm’s design is that its cable free, offering up superior freedom of movement. but, the hardware inside the headset is less capable of handling top-notch PC hardware, so consumers shouldn’t expect the same gaming performance and titles as the Rift of Vive. But the potential market for this VR is enriched with contents.
“The Snapdragon VR820 integrates key technologies and features for an exceptional VR experience and provides a springboard for OEMs and developers to usher in the next generation of truly portable and untethered devices that we think are necessary for mass consumer adoption of VR,” – Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoT, Qualcomm
Given the huge cost of Rift and Vive and other Flagship Smartphone VR’s, there is a potential market for cheap but high-quality VR headsets. It also needs to be mentioned that Qualcomm is not planning to manufacture the Snapdragon VR820, it will act as a blueprint for other manufacturers to design around which will increase its chip sales.