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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845-powered VR development kit

Earlier, Qualcomm announced a Snapdragon 845-based VR platform and today the company unveiled the developer kit. It consists of a VR headset and new software to aid developers in creating truly immersive experiences. It also supports HTC Vive Wave, so it can run the same apps and games as the Vive Focus.

The headset supports room-scale movement with 6 degrees of freedom. It is fully wireless too and uses inside-out tracking, meaning it doesnt require external hardware (lighthouses and such). It features a boundary system that will help devs navigate users away from real-world boundaries.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845-powered VR development kit

Interestingly, the headset uses Tobiis EyeCore eye tracking system. This enables Adreno Foveation, Qualcomms implementation of foveated rendering (it increases resolution in the area youre looking at, reduces it elsewhere to lighten the computational load). Even the $799 HTC Vive Pro doesnt have foveated rendering.

The Snapdragon 845 VR development kits will be available in the second quarter of this year, theres no word on pricing.

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