Qualcomm Says New GPU 35% Sooner than Oculus Quest 2’s
Qualcomm announced its 2021 flagship chipset Snapdragon 888 this week. He claims the new GPU is 35% more powerful than the one in Oculus Quest 2.
Standalone VR headsets like Quest use the same mobile chips as high-end smartphones. Your phone has limited cooling capabilities so it can usually only maintain peak performance for a few minutes. Standalone VR headsets, however, have a fan and more space.
Qualcomm is the only major provider of generally available high-performance mobile chips. Samsung makes chips for its own devices and occasionally does special business with others. Taiwan-based MediaTek provides generally available chips, but they do not offer the same level of peak performance. Apple’s chips are exclusive.
The original Oculus Quest shipped in mid-2019, but used the Snapdragon 835 – Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship. Quest 2 is equipped with the Snapdragon XR2, a variant of the 2020 Snapdragon 865 that was specially developed for headsets.
Snapdragon XR2 / 865 has the Adreno 650 GPU, which, according to our benchmarks, is about twice as powerful as that of Nintendo Switch.
Snapdragon 888The successor to 865 was the successor to 865. “888” is considered a lucky charm in China.
It’s the latest from Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU, which the company claims is the biggest generation leap to date 35% faster peak performance and 20% better energy efficiency.
According to reports, this new chipset could cost over 50% more than its predecessor. If so, it may not be suitable for consumer VR devices. It is possible that Facebook could use it to launch a “pro” or business-oriented HMD, or HTC could take the opportunity to update the Vive Focus Plus, which is still using the same 2017 chip as the original Quest.