A year following the joint announcement by Qualcomm, Samsung, and Google in the realm of VR, the Snapdragon XR2 Plus Gen 2 emerges as a significant component of this project, poised to elevate the VR experience to new heights.
This next-generation chipset, an evolution from the XR2 Gen 2 powering Meta Quest 3, promises high-resolution visuals akin to Apple's Vision Pro. Boasting support for 4.3K resolution at 90fps per eye, a significant upgrade from the XR2 Gen 2's 3K-per-eye rendering, it also introduces capabilities for 12 concurrent cameras, facilitating passthrough video, body, and face tracking.
Qualcomm touts a 15 percent GPU frequency increase and a 20 percent CPU frequency bump in the XR2 Plus Gen 2, emphasizing its role in enabling "spatial computing in 4K."
To expedite production, Qualcomm offers an AR and VR reference design for OEMs, collaborating with at least five hardware manufacturers, including HTC. However, concrete availability details remain scarce amid reported internal challenges within Google's AR team and potential hardware delays at Samsung. Yet, anticipation grows as Samsung gears up for Unpacked in San Jose, teasing a potential unveiling that could rival Apple's Vision Pro.
The imminent launch holds promise for enthusiasts eagerly awaiting advancements from Samsung, Google, and Qualcomm, possibly ushering in a new era of VR technology at the heart of Silicon Valley.