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Meta Drags Qualcomm Into Metaverse Hell

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Friday, Meta and Qualcomm announced They have partnered to design a custom chipset for Meta’s virtual reality headset, which they believe will power a “new era of spatial computing.” A multi-year deal between the two companies will see Meta’s Quest headsets powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon technology. The deal means Meta won’t be shipping hardware with its own processor in the near future, unlike other competitors like Google and Apple.

“As we continue to build more advanced features and experiences for virtual and augmented reality, it becomes more important to build our expertise to power future VR headsets and other devices.” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality presents unprecedented multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost and form factor. helps provide the

Meta and Qualcomm are no strangers. The Quest 2 headset now uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset, and the two have worked together for the better part of his seven years. According to Qualcomm, Friday’s deal “reinforces our mutual commitment to deliver multiple generations of premium devices and experiences powered by custom VR platforms in the years to come.”

Regardless of what you think of Zuckerberg’s vision of a legless anime workforce, consumer interest in headsets is clearly growing. Global shipments of VR headsets surged 241.6% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. according to IDC data. On the consumer side, Meta’s Quest products are the undisputed kings. Meta’s headsets account for a staggering 90% of the total market. strategy Relying on more profitable sectors of the business to artificially lower headset prices and alienate competition in the process. But all that investment is starting to add up.Company reportedly The Reality Labs VR division made just $452 million in revenue in the second quarter, but lost $2.81 billion.

“Meta continues to fund the development of the Metaverse, but the strategy of sacrificing profitability to promote low-cost hardware is not sustainable in the long term,” said Jitesh, research manager at IDC. Ubrani said in a statement.

Meta resists trend of in-house chips

Meta’s decision to continue partnering with Qualcomm is a bit different from other Big Tech competitors such as Apple and Google, who are increasingly opting to create their own chipsets for their various products. . Google is already shipping phones in-house tensor chip When reportedly We plan to release a line of Chromebooks with custom-made processors as early as next year. Meanwhile, Apple continues to evolve and expand its M1 and M2 custom chips. Laptop When iPad.

On the VR side, Apple reportedly chose to go it alone as well. According to Bloomberg in June reportApple’s first mixed reality headset. can be costly For around $3,000, it could come with Apple’s M2 processor and 16 gigabytes of RAM.Then also Bloomberg discovered A “Reality Processor” patent filed this week suggests that Apple may be working on its own custom chipset for its eventual headset. These are a lot and maybe, but given Apple’s trajectory, their headset, which may be the only headset that truly rivals the Meta in the consumer market, is powered by some sort of in-house chip. It seems likely that the product will be shipped

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