Qualcomm Technologies has unveiled its next-generation XR (Extended Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) platforms, marking a significant advancement in immersive technology. These cutting-edge platforms have been developed in close collaboration with Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, and are set to be commercially available on Meta devices in 2023.

Two notable products are slated for release: the recently released Meta Quest 3, powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 Platform, and the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses collection, driven by the Snapdragon AR1 Platform. Additionally, other manufacturers are expected to follow suit in adopting Snapdragon as their preferred XR platform.

The Snapdragon XR2 will power Meta Quest 3.

The partnership between Qualcomm and Meta signifies the fusion of physical and digital realms, offering a compelling opportunity for both companies. Meta’s CTO and Head of Reality Labs, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, emphasized their shared commitment to pioneering mixed reality and smart glasses technologies.

He highlighted Qualcomm Technologies as an indispensable industry partner, collaborating on groundbreaking innovations in power, performance, and AI. The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Platforms, which underpin Meta Quest 3 and the upcoming Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, exemplify the fruits of this collaboration, poised to deliver transformative experiences to users worldwide.

Snapdragon AR1 will be present in the new Ray-Ban | Meta Smart Glasses.

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced these purpose-built processors to propel the next generation of MR (Mixed Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) devices, as well as sleek smart glasses.

Hugo Swart, vice president and GM of XR at Qualcomm Technologies, hailed the commercial debut of these platforms alongside Meta as a significant stride toward realizing their shared vision to unlock premium, all-in-one XR devices and affordable smart glasses for global users, in order to start revolutionizing the way people interact with technology and their surroundings.

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