First trace at “Venture Halliday”

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The Snapdragon XR2 powers Meta Quest 2 and lots of different standalone VR headsets. Now there are first hints in regards to the successor.

The firmware detective Samulia discovered import logs that recommend {that a} new era of the Snapdragon XR2 is at the moment being examined.

Qualcomm launched the primary Snapdragon XR2 in December 2019. In October 2020, it was used for the primary time in a business VR headset: the then-launched Meta Quest 2.

Qualcomm’s SoC has since been the de facto chip customary for Android-based standalone headsets: It really works in Pico Neo 3 Hyperlink (assessment), Vive Focus 3 (assessment), and the upcoming Lynx R-1.

Qualcomm calls the primary Snapdragon XR2 since Could 2022 Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1, so a brand new era of the chip ought to be referred to as Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2.

Qualcomm units the tempo for the business

The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 is an XR-specialized spinoff of the high-end Snapdragon 865 SoC, which was utilized in premium smartphones in 2020 – so it’s comparatively previous for a processor, particularly when you think about the large computing wants of VR and AR.

The truth that Qualcomm has nonetheless not up to date the XR chip might be because of the manageable marketplace for VR {hardware}: VR headsets are bought in far decrease numbers than premium smartphones.

The Meta Quest Professional (data) popping out in October will almost definitely additionally use a Snapdragon XR 2 Gen 1.

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In keeping with {hardware} analyst Brad Lynch, it’s a revision of the chip, which might end in 30% extra efficiency. The mannequin quantity is SXR2150P in distinction to the standard Snapdragon XR 2 Gen 1 with the mannequin quantity SXR2130P, which is utilized in Meta Quest 2 and the like.

“Venture Halliday”: Codename for Subsequent-Gen XR2

A Snapdragon XR 2 Gen 2 has been in improvement for fairly a while and can in the future energy the subsequent headset era. Samulia discovered references in import logs to check platforms for a Qualcomm chip with the mannequin quantity SXR2230P. The numbering (“2230” as a substitute of “2130”) factors to a brand new era of the XR2 chip.

The code identify is “Venture Halliday” – a reference to OASIS creator James Halliday from the sci-fi novel Prepared Participant One. The venture identify for the SXR2150P, i.e. the Gen 1 revision that may very well be utilized in Meta Quest Professional, was “Venture Tron”. Digital actuality is thus a recurring motif.

In keeping with the import logs, the check machine might resolve with 4K per eye and would thus be well-equipped for the long run. Qualcomm could be getting ready a new reference design with the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2, which might be unveiled in 2023.

XR2 Gen 2 presentation in winter?

The chip is more likely to seem in business headsets subsequent 12 months on the earliest. Qualcomm must current it on the finish of this 12 months. At the very least, that’s how Qualcomm has proceeded with high-end chips to this point.

Nothing extra is thought in regards to the specs but.

It’s clear that the XR2 Gen 2 will allow a brand new, extra highly effective era of standalone headsets, identical to the Meta Quest 2. A debut within the Meta Quest 3 in 2023 or 2024 could be fairly believable.

Qualcomm and Meta lately introduced a more in-depth partnership within the improvement of cell VR chips that might be utilized in future Quest units.


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