Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that his company’s Snapdragon chips are already in 20 mixed reality or virtual reality headsets and that 20 more based on Snapdragon are in development. This includes the upcoming Oculus Go standalone VR headset coming from Facebook’s Oculus division in 2018.
Oculus VP Hugo Barra joined Qualcomm’s press event at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. He said the company’s Oculus Go headset, targeted at $200, will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip set. The Oculus Go is a low-cost, standalone version that has a subset of the capability of the PC-connected Oculus Rift VR headset and represents Facebook’s effort to reach a broader audience for VR technology.
Xiaomi is launching Oculus Go globally with Facebook/Oculus, and Xiaomi is designing a headset that is specifically tailored to the Chinese market.
Thomas Tang, VP of the Mi Ecosystem at Xiaomi, said his company will develop the Mi VR standalone headset, based on the same hardware as Oculus Go. While VR is taking off slowly, Amon noted that cell phones were also slow to catch on in their early days.
Qualcomm became a multibillion-dollar company on the success of cell phones and the chips used in them.