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Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Plus Gen 1 unveiled as a platform for "true mixed reality" as well as next-gen VR and AR hardware

The XR2 Plus Gen 1 is here. (Source: Qualcomm)
The XR2 Plus Gen 1 is here. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has formally introduced the chipset found in the new Meta Quest Pro headset as the Snapdragon XR2 Plus (or XR2+) Gen 1 platform. It is rated for potentially significant gains in thermal management and performance compared to its immediate predecessor, and has been confirmed to arrive in the form of upcoming headsets from different OEMs soon.

Meta mentioned that its new Quest Pro headset is based on Qualcomm's very latest platform for its form-factor during its launch, but more or less left it at that. Never fear, the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1's maker has released a deeper dive into its use-cases and potential advantages over its XR2 predecessor.

Qualcomm asserts that it is more than an iterative upgrade (with the new Gen x branding) as it is capable of up to 50% greater "sustained power" compared to the XR2, with a boost of up to 30% in terms of thermal management.

These gains may be attributed to its new "configuration" and may inform head-, hand- and eye-tracking on an XR2+ Gen 1-powered headset. These devices are also touted to focus on the mixed reality (MR) area of extended reality as well as those of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) thanks to improved 3D reproduction, not to mention support for Wi-Fi 6, voice-controlled UIs and 8K 360° content.

On that note, Qualcomm claims that "multiple" OEMs have already adopted the new platform in order to produce Quest Pro rivals that might be here by the end of 2022.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-10-12 (Update: 2022-10-12)