Qualcomm has plans to make VR headsets more affordable


When you look at Virtual Reality headsets, there are different tiers. You have the entry level Cardboard stuff with the Google Cardboard starting at just $15, then you move up to the Samsung Gear VR, which costs about $100. Finally, you have the fully immersive headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift is the cheaper of the 2 ($599.99 vs $799.99) and will see competition from the PlayStation VR when released later this year being priced at just $399. However, Qualcomm is planning to make these fully immersive Virtual Reality headsets even cheaper with.

At IFA 2016, Qualcomm introduced a new headset, the Snapdragon VR820, which is based off the Snapdragon 820 which is powering many of this year’s flagship smartphones. The headset itself features two AMOLED displays, eye-tracking, six-axis motion tracking and can do “basic augmented reality” with the two cameras on the front.

The headset that was shown off at IFA is based on a reference design that will be given to various manufacturers as a base for new headsets. This will allow manufacturers to cut costs in the development process and provide the end-user a cheaper headset. This headset is not without issues, as Engadget mentioned that the prototype VR headset was not very good in terms of “object tracking” and even accidentally ran into someone else while testing out the VR820.



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