Virtual and augmented reality headsets need to get cheaper and better to woo buyers beyond hardcore gamers and tech geeks, and theis a step in the right direction.
The current generation of Microsoft's own headset, the HoloLens, starts at $3000. Sure it's intended for developers and other commercial applications, but obviously the next generation could use a lower price.
The new chip is specifically aimed at helping AR and VR get more convenient, comfortable and affordable, three things HTC Vive, Vuzix, Meta and Pico -- are already working on XR1-based devices, but no company has announced any real products yet. Microsoft could make five.. Four other VR manufacturers --
Microsoft and Qualcomm didn't immediately return CNET's requests for comment.