Meta and Qualcomm announce strategic partnership to develop chipsets for future VR devices

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September 5, 2022 – During a keynote address at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Meta Platforms, Inc. have announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a new era of spatial computing powered by Snapdragon extended reality (XR) platforms and technologies for the Meta Quest platform.

As part of the multi-year broad strategic agreement, Qualcomm and Meta are aiming to develop premium experiences that will leverage custom Snapdragon XR platforms for the Meta Quest platform, as well as deepen the technical collaboration between both companies’ engineering and product teams to deliver next-generation platforms and core technologies to accelerate a fully realized metaverse.

The companies have worked together on virtual reality (VR) innovations for over seven years, most recently with Meta Quest 2. This latest agreement helps to solidify the companies’ shared commitment to deliver multiple generations of premium devices and experiences powered by custom VR platforms in the years to come.

“By partnering with Meta, we are bringing together two of the world’s metaverse leaders to revolutionize the future of computing for billions of people in the coming years,” said Cristiano Amon, President and Chief Executive Officer at Qualcomm Incorporated. “Building off our joint leadership in XR, this agreement will allow our companies to deliver best-in-class devices and experiences to transform how we work, play, learn, create and connect in a fully realized metaverse.”

Also commenting on the partnership, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO at Meta, stated: “We’re working with Qualcomm Technologies on customized virtual reality chipsets – powered by Snapdragon XR platforms and technology – for our future roadmap of Quest products.”

Zuckerberg added, “As we continue to build more advanced capabilities and experiences for virtual and augmented reality (AR), it has become more important to build specialized technologies to power our future VR headsets and other devices. Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality brings novel, multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost, and form factor. These chipsets will help us keep pushing virtual reality to its limits and deliver awesome experiences.”

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