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Qualcomm, Meta Partner in Metaverse

TECH: Snapdragon Platform Powers Quest Pro’s VR Experience

When Facebook announced it was changing its name to Meta in October of last year, it was to signify the social media company’s transformative new direction creating the metaverse – a three-dimensional computer program where users can visit and mingle in from different locations.

This October, Meta debuted its latest metaverse advancement – the Quest Pro, high-performing virtual and augmented reality goggles that are powered by the Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1 Platform.

Hugo Swart
VP & GM of XR
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“We are thrilled to see our longstanding partner Meta launch Meta Quest Pro, which is another leap forward in VR hardware and helping to build a fully-realized metaverse,” said Hugo Swart, vice president and general manager of XR at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We worked closely with Meta on the platform requirements to deliver this new premium-tier Snapdragon XR2+ and we know it will help transform immersive experiences for users around the world.”

The newly redesigned Snapdragon XR2+ platform package offers better heat dissipation and significant performance headroom to achieve 50% higher sustained power and 30% improved thermal performance1.

Each Quest Pro comes with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and 10 high-res sensors, five inside the headset and five outside, that help enhance a variety of immersive experiences.

The Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers are powered by Snapdragon 662 Platform, which allows them to self-track through multiple embedded positional cameras and offers ultra-low latency to the headset – when combined with face and eye tracking, allowing a user’s avatar to reflect more naturally in VR.

‘Leveled-Up’ Technology

The Quest Pro and the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1 were unveiled at the Meta Connect 2022 event held on Oct. 11. The following day, Meta Chief Business Officer Marne Levine was in San Diego to promote Meta’s suite of products for small businesses and to answer questions about the metaverse.

Marne Levine
Chief Business Officer
Meta

Levine said the Quest Pro “levels up the technology” compared to previous VR goggles because it has “the greatest computing power, thanks to the partnership we have with Qualcomm.”

She also highlighted Meta partnerships with Microsoft and Adobe that will bring people access to productivity apps and tools in the metaverse, adding that the $1,499 price point means that large businesses will be the target customer — but over time metaverse devices and application will be created for all kinds of users.

“This is mostly designed for a work use case to help people collaborate better and work productively together,” she said. “It is an incredible experience because no matter where you are in the world, [the Quest Pro] brings you all together into the same room and it feels like you’re in that meeting together; you can use a white board; talk to a neighbor in a whisper just like in a meeting. You just really have that sense of copresence, and you can get a sense of those nonverbals, and it feels like you’re there together.”

Mark Rabkin
Head of VR at Reality Labs
Meta

One of the most prominent features of the Quest Pro is its ability to operate in mixed reality (MR), where the user can see and interact with both the metaverse and the real world.

“At Meta we’re building the next-generation computing platform with our VR/MR devices. We believe VR and MR will radically transform how we work, collaborate, and connect with each other, and we’re thrilled to be with Qualcomm Technologies on this journey,” said Mark Rabkin, Head of VR at Reality Labs, Meta. “This latest generation of innovative Snapdragon technology is bringing huge compute gains in our VR form factor, enabling us to power much richer experiences in Meta Quest Pro. This is proof that Meta and Qualcomm Technologies are together building the future today.”

Multi-Year Deal

The future of Meta’s metaverse will be shaped by Qualcomm for at least several years to come. In September, the two companies announced a multi-year broad strategic agreement to develop metaverse experiences leveraging custom Snapdragon XR platforms for the Meta Quest Platform.

Cristiano Amon
CEO
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

At IFA 2022 held in Berlin this year, CEOs of both companies announced that their engineering and product teams will deepen technical collaboration to deliver technologies to accelerate a fully realized metaverse.

“By partnering with Meta, we are bringing together two of the world’s metaverse leaders to revolutionize the future of computing for billions of people in the coming years,” said Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon. “Building off our joint leadership in XR, this agreement will allow our companies to deliver best-in-class devices and experiences to transform how we work, play, learn, create and connect in a fully realized metaverse.”

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said as the two

Mark Zuckerberg
Founder & CEO
Meta

companies build more advanced VR and AR capabilities, it will become even more important to build “specialized technologies” for future VR headsets and other devices.

“Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality brings novel, multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost, and form factor,” he said. “These chipsets will help us keep pushing virtual reality to its limits and deliver awesome experiences.”

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Founded: 1985
CEO: Cristiano Amon
Headquarters: San Diego
Business: Manufacturer of processors for mobile phones, computers
Revenue: $33.57 billion (2021)
Stock: QCOM (NASDAQ)
Employees: 41,000
Website:  www.qualcomm.com
Notable: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR platform is used in top metaverse devices for Meta, Microsoft, Snap, Levono and more.

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