Cooling Down the VR Ambitions

Surely, human beings have a ton of impactful traits in their bag, but once you sit down and really asses the picture, you’ll realize how nothing there is more significant than our tendency of growing on a consistent basis. This tendency, in particular, has already fetched us some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a major of the stated group. The reason why technology seems like such a standout is largely inspired by its unprecedented skill-set, which gave us a set of tools that we had never even imagined before. However, the whole runner was also very much predicated upon the way we used those skills. It was, in fact, the latter component that realized a spectrum-wide presence for the creation, and consequentially, kickstarted a tech revolution. Now, like any other revolution, this one will also go on to make some irreversible changes in our surroundings, but the different bit is how even after achieving a downright crazy amount of things, technology will just continue to scale up our lives under one capacity or the other. The same dynamic has grown more and more evident over the recent past, and looking at a new partnership, it should only get a lot stronger moving forward.

Meta and Qualcomm are officially teaming up to develop custom chipsets for virtual reality products. According to certain reports, the two companies have signed a multi-year agreement, which will see them working together on a new era of spatial computing. Staying with this envisioned new era, it is going to be built around Qualcomm’s extended reality” (XR) Snapdragon technology, a concept that is well-known for merging physical world and the digital world. Now, while Meta’s Quest 2 headset is already powered by Snapdragon XR2 chipset, the decision to double down on the partnership is a little unexpected, considering the social media giant once had a whole team dedicated to the creation of custom chip designs. In a bid to explain this change of heart, Meta spokesperson, Tyler Lee said:

“There could be situations where we use off-the-shelf silicon or work with industry partners on customizations, while also exploring our own novel silicon solutions. There could also be scenarios where we use both partner and custom solutions in the same product,” he said. “It is all about doing what is needed to create the best metaverse experiences possible.”

The partnership in question isn’t the only sign of Meta cooling down on its VR ambitions. For instance, according to a report from The Information, the tech behemoth also suspended a VR project called XROS, but Meta, on its part, has refuted the news.

Nevertheless, despite all the potential costs, Meta looks eager to tread upon a new journey with Qualcomm.

When quizzed about the collaboration, Mark Zuckerberg said:

“Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality brings novel, multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost, and form factor. These chipsets will help us keep pushing virtual reality to its limits and deliver awesome experiences.”



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