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Qualcomm's first VR/AR chip, XR1, will give us a lot more things like Oculus Go

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Standalone VR headsets like Oculus Go have shown up to middling reviews, and smart glasses are still a mess.

Qualcomm's trying to help with a new chip, the Snapdragon XR1, intended to get more affordable AR/VR wearables off the ground and possibly AI-assisted wearables, too.

XR stands for "Extended Reality," Qualcomm's terminology for AR,VR and everything in between.

XR1 is aimed at making existing smartglasses work better, and be cheaper.

Qualcomm already has four hardware partners working on XR1-run devices: HTC Vive, Vuzix, Meta, and Pico, but no one has announced an XR1-ready device yet.

In fact, Qualcomm's hardware is in all the major VR hardware: the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive Focus.

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