Qualcomm Launches VR Development Kit For 845 Mobile Platform

Qualcomm has launched a new virtual reality development kit for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR platform that would help offer more immersive experience while watching VR contents. The VR development kit was announced at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The VR development kit consists of a wireless, standalone VR head mounted display (HMD), and a new software development kit (SDK) for the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. This new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) from Qualcomm Technologies is designed to support the next generation of mobile virtual reality applications.

“In virtual reality, content is important to an immersive experience, so we’re excited to grant developers access to our new Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform through development kits that will help them create truly immersive experiences,” said Hiren Bhinde, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We built the new Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit with application developers in mind, designed to abate some of the hassles of optimizing virtual reality content for mobile deployment, as well as to support easier access to several innovations and technology advancements of Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform.”

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VR development kit’s hardware HMD and companion SDK are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2018.

The new Snapdragon 845 VR Development Kit is designed as a comprehensive, stand-alone mobile VR platform that is supported by Snapdragon profiler and power optimization tools to simplify development and provide VR application developers with access to new VR features for truly immersive mobile experiences on Snapdragon 845 Android devices.

Qualcomm also announced support for the HTC Vive Wave VR SDK on the Snapdragon 845 VR development kit, anticipated to be available later this year. The Vive Wave VR SDK is a comprehensive tool set of APIs that is designed to help developers create high-performance, Snapdragon-optimized content across diverse hardware vendors at scale, and offer a path to monetizing applications on future HTC Vive ready products via the multi-OEM Viveport application store.

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