The companies revealed on Friday that Meta and Qualcomm are working together to create unique chipsets for virtual reality products.
Using Qualcomm’s “extended reality” (XR) Snapdragon technology, the two U.S. technology behemoths have signed a multi-year agreement “to collaborate on a new era of spatial computing.” Technology that combines the physical and digital worlds, such as virtual and augmented reality, is referred to as extended reality.
According to a press release from Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, “We’re working with Qualcomm Technologies on customized virtual reality chipsets — powered by Snapdragon XR platforms and technology — for our future roadmap of Quest products.”
The virtual reality headsets from Meta are referred to as Quest products. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset is currently used in the Meta Quest 2 headset.
With the goal of having people working and playing in virtual worlds in the near future, Facebook-parent Meta has staked its future on the metaverse, a term that encompasses virtual and augmented reality technology.
Companies in the smartphone industry, from Apple to Samsung, have developed their own proprietary processors to set themselves apart from rivals and produce better products than they might have with off-the-shelf chips.
It makes sense for Meta to concentrate on custom chips as it seeks to differentiate its headsets and perhaps produce distinctive user experiences.
According to Zuckerberg, creating virtual reality presents new, multi-dimensional challenges in terms of cost, form factor, and spatial computing. These chipsets will enable us to continue pushing the boundaries of virtual reality and provide amazing experiences.
The duration of the agreement between the companies as well as its financial details weren’t made public.
While losses widened in Reality Labs, which includes its VR business, in the second quarter of the year, it comes as Meta prepares to release a new virtual reality headset in October.