Virtual and augmented reality headsets need to get cheaper and better to woo buyers beyond hardcore gamers and tech geeks, and the $200 Oculus Go is a step in the right direction.
The current generation of Microsoft’s own headset, the HoloLens, starts at $3000. Sure it’s intended for developers and other commercial applications, but obviously the next generation could use a lower price.
The new chip is specifically aimed at helping AR and VR get more convenient, comfortable and affordable, three things we liked about Oculus Go. Four other VR manufacturers — HTC Vive, Vuzix, Meta and Pico — are already working on XR1-based devices, but no company has announced any real products yet. Microsoft could make five.
Microsoft and Qualcomm didn’t immediately return CNET’s requests for comment.
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