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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 ready for standalone VR headsets

The company has released a headset reference design based around its latest chip for phones and standalone headsets to enable all your realities.

The Snapdragon 845 processor that ubiquitous mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm announced back in December 2017 generated a bit of buzz with supervised performance tests on phones earlier this month. 

Following that path, the chip manufacturer now has a reference design for standalone headsets for VR, AR and MR that are capable of better performance and higher resolutions than before, as well as which incorporate on-headset sensors for wireless operation with 6DoF (six degrees of freedom).

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A reference design means it's now in the hands of development partners like Oculus and HTC; that means recently announced products like the Oculus Go and the HTC Vive Pro are a step closer to an untethered reality

The chip's Adreno 630 graphic subsystem incorporates a new rendering technology that speeds it up by prioritizing the sharpness of whatever you're directly looking at and deprioritizing the parts of the scene in your peripheral vision.