Qualcomm's reference VR HMD also features a dedicated Qualcomm Hexagon Digital Signal Processor to enable 6DoF SLAM inside-out tracking.
In our experience, smartphone-powered VR headsets can be occasionally fiddly to get going and the handset can get quite warm making the whole VR experience feel less than futuristic.
"Qualcomm Technologies continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with wireless audio technologies, and broadcast helps consumers to share their music in new and exciting ways directly from their mobile phone", said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager of voice and music for Qualcomm, in the same February release. According to Engadget, it will also be 30 percent faster and boast a 30 percent boost to overall power efficiency compared to the previous Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset.
Looking like a cross between Samsung's Gear VR goggles and an Oculus Rift headset, Qualcomm's design looks like a fairly standard VR headset. It keeps those parts of the picture sharp and clear, while the rest of the imagery outside of your field of view is blurry. Qualcomm was an early pioneer in the concept of true wireless stereo a technology that is created to completely eliminate the need for wires, not only between the media source and the headphones, but also between the left and right earbuds, offering users a wire-free stereo audio experience and supporting new use cases like hearables. That results in big power savings.
Qualcomm has lifted the lid on a number of enhancements its made to its TrueWireless Stereo technology, which was first announced in 2017 to meet growing demand for headsets and hearables with a smaller, true wireless form factor. That helps with tasks such as hand tracking.
But the key to a good VR experience is movement tracking, which is why the Snapdragon 845 VR headset comes equipped with a suite of cameras. In addition to US, UK and Australian Microsoft Stores, you should see these relatively affordable and decently powerful 2-in-1s sold through Amazon, China's JD.com, Italy's Unieuro, France's Boulanger and Fnac, as well as UK's BT Shop, John Lewis and PC World starting "this calendar quarter".
He added, "We want you to have the same level of freedom that you see in a PC system, with no cables".