LAS VEGAS—In one of many extra perplexing bulletins at CES, Fb’s Hugo Barra stated on the Qualcomm press convention that the upcoming standalone Oculus Go VR headset will run a Snapdragon 821, a two-year-old cellular chipset final seen within the LG G6.
He additionally stated the headset can be constructed by Xiaomi, which is introducing an analogous headset in China.
Barra could also be handcuffed by Oculus Go’s promised $199 value. At a value that low, Fb could not have been in a position to afford the present Snapdragon 835 or future 845 chipsets.
“Oculus Go would be the most accessible standalone VR product available in the market, at an unimaginable inexpensive value,” Barra stated. “We have labored very carefully with Qualcomm to ensure we now have the perfect mixture of excessive efficiency and energy effectivity.”
The Snapdragon 821 is just like the chip used within the Samsung Galaxy S7, which was Samsung’s second-generation telephone to work with its Gear VR headset. Oculus Go will run Gear VR content material, Fb stated when it first introduced the headset.
After we tried out Qualcomm’s first standalone Snapdragon 820 VR, I may see the pixels within the VR show, however loved the six levels of freedom within the “walkaround” VR expertise. The Snapdragon 835 chip itself affords about 25 p.c higher GPU efficiency in comparison with the 821.
After we reviewed the 2016 Gear VR with a Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7, our reviewer stated that “The Gear VR’s graphics are compelling and look very easy, and the inner movement sensors on the put in smartphones are typically correct. However the Rift and Vive merely supply a lot smoother, extra superior visuals and much higher motion-tracking precision than the Gear VR due to the difficult, cumbersome, and costly hardware they require.”
Barra did not take questions after the announcement. He additionally did not supply an replace on when the Oculus Go will come out; Fb has beforehand stated it should come out in 2018.