Mar 23, 2018

Snapdragon 845 SoC driven VR development kit from Qualcomm announced

The next-generation of development kit from Qualcomm has been unveiled at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) 2018. The new VR development kit features the latest flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC which ensures top line features. The kit includes a standalone headset capable of working without the external support of sensors, cables, and wires.

With Qualcomm introducing its latest and the most powerful Snapdragon 845 SoC a few months ago, it was only a matter of time when the California-based semiconductor company would unveil its new Virtual Reality (VR) development kit powered by the same SoC. Finally, it has happened now.

The company took the stage at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) 2018 in San Francisco to announce a new VR development kit which it says will help usher in "more immersive" standalone VR experiences.

The Qualcomm's new VR development kit includes a standalone headset as well as a new Software Development Kit (SDK). The headset doesn't need to be hooked to a PC nor does it require a smartphone to act as a display. Whatever is needed for the headset to function, it has everything inbuilt, armed with Snapdragon 845 - based VR system features.

One of the most important updates that the Snapdragon 845 SoC chip will bring in is the room-scale Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) with Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), which allows users freedom to move around, rather than be confined to a seated position. It also eschews the kit from being dependent on any external cables, wires, or sensors.

Another Snapdragon 845 SoC induced worth noting feature is the Qualcomm Adreno Foveation that uses Tobii's "EyeCore" eye tracking system that significantly improves the details on a small area of our field of vision, thereby improving our focus and overall visual quality.

The VR developer kit comes with 2560 WQHD display ensuring 1,280x1,440 per eye resolution with a 60GHz refresh rate. Under the hood, the Snapdragon 845 SoC is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

It is compatible with HTC's "Vive Wave" platform, which is designed to allow VR developers build and sell software across multiple headsets from different manufacturers.

Developers will get to have their hands on the new VR kit during the second quarter of this year. However, about the price, Qualcomm is yet to reveal anything. Hopefully, in the coming months, info in this regard will come to light. Stay tuned.