Virtual reality (VR) provides the ultimate level of immersion, creating a sense of physical presence in real or imagined worlds. VR accomplishes this by focusing on the three pillars of immersion—visual quality, sound quality, and intuitive interactions—to stimulate our human senses with realistic feedback. Making this happen seamlessly in a mobile wearable device is not easy, but Qualcomm is making immersive mobile VR a reality.
VR is a new paradigm for how we interact with the world, offering unprecedented experiences and unlimited possibilities that enhance our lives in many ways. We’re able to be virtually anywhere, do anything, and be with anyone at any time. Imagine being virtually transported to the best seat in the arena at the World Cup finals, to a classroom where you can learn from the best professors across the world, or to a special family event. Our imagination is the only limit to what’s possible with VR.
The same mobile technologies that power our smartphones are also powering VR. The mobile industry drives continuous technology advancements in multimedia, displays and sensors, and power and thermal efficiency. The characteristics of the mobile industry—specifically scale, rapid design cycles, and mass adoption—is accelerating VR adoption.
Fully immersive VR can only be achieved by simultaneously focusing on the extreme requirements of visual quality, sound quality, and intuitive interactions. Adding to this complexity, fully immersive mobile VR must be achieved at low power and thermals so the VR headset can be sleek, lightweight, stylish, and of course, free from wires.
VR visual quality requires pixels so realistic that they are eventually indistinguishable from the real world. To accomplish this, we need extreme pixel quantity and quality, a 360° spherical view of the virtual world, and a stereoscopic display.
VR sound quality needs audio so accurate that it is true to life and completely in sync with the visuals. To accomplish this, we need high-resolution audio on par with human hearing capabilities and realistic 3D positional audio.
VR interactions need to be so intuitive and responsive that you forget that you are even dealing with an interface. To accomplish this, we need natural user interfaces, precise motion tracking, and minimal “motion to photon” latency.
Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to deliver superior VR experiences by designing for the extreme requirements of fully immersive mobile VR. By taking a system approach and custom designing specialized engines across the system-on-chip (SoC), Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR1 Platforms are engineered to provide an efficient heterogeneous computing solution that is optimized end-to-end for VR. Our solutions power many leading mobile VR solutions today, and we are working with the VR ecosystem to make our vision of truly immersive mobile VR a reality.
Webinar - Boundless XR and cloud gaming over 5G
Aug 5, 2021
Webinar - On-Device Motion Tracking for Immersive VR
May 14, 2018
Webinar: VR and AR are pushing connectivity limits - what role will 5G play
May 19, 2017
Webinar - Making Immersive Virtual Reality Possible in Mobile
Apr 5, 2016
Webinar - The New Era of Immersive Experiences - What’s next
Aug 24, 2015
Webinar: The Next-Gen Technologies Driving Immersion
May 14, 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.