Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

From The Verge: Qualcomm has revealed a new reference design for a Snapdragon 845 VR headset today. The headset uses the similarly named mobile Snapdragon 845 system architecture that the company announced last month, which can be used for VR and AR.

The Snapdragon 845 headset is capable of displaying two 2400 x 2400 pixel screens at 120 frames per second, which is considerably higher than most existing headsets. (HTC’s Vive Pro headset only offers 1400 x 1600 resolution per eye, for instance.)

Qualcomm has also incorporated foveated rendering with its new headset, which uses an eye tracker to figure out where the user’s eye is focused, and lower the resolution of the peripheral vision areas. The effect is that the focused areas can be rendered at a higher resolution, improving performance and saving power.

The headset has four cameras, two facing inwards to track eye movements, and two outer facing ones. Eye tracking is still pretty uncommon in other headsets on the market, which may sometimes blur the edges of a screen to save power, rather than figure out what a user’s eye is focused on.

While few specs for the headset were revealed today, we do know plenty about the mobile platform, which will use room-scale six degrees of freedom head tracking with simultaneous localization and mapping.

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