Qualcomm has announced its first virtual reality (VR) reference platform for its Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 headset. The company revealed the product at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Qualcomm’s platform is built upon the Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables OEMs and developers to improve VR performance and power efficiency. Snapdragon VR820 headset runs the latest Snapdragon 820 processor and enables OEMs to develop standalone head mounted displays (HMDs) optimized for VR content and applications.
“The Snapdragon VR820 integrates key technologies and features for an exceptional VR experience and provides a springboard for OEMs and developers to usher in the next generation of truly portable and untethered devices that we think are necessary for mass consumer adoption of VR,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.
Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 has been developed with Goertek. The headset comes with features such as integrated eye tracking with two cameras, four microphones and dual front facing cameras for six degrees of freedom (6DOF). Sensors include gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer.
The headset is powered by Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU for improved visual performance. The company says it delivers up to 40 percent improvement to graphics performance and compute capabilities compared to its predecessor. There’s 1440×1440 resolution per eye. It sports an AMOLED panel, and supports 360 degree 4K video playback. Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 packs stereo, binaural positional audio, and 3D surround sound.
The Snapdragon VR820 comes with 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU for high-performance computing. Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 will be made available in Q4 2016.