Nvidia VR HMD to Use X1 Super Chip
Last week VRFocus reported that popular graphics processing unit (GPU) manufacturer Nvidia would be announcing its very own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC). Since then the company has announced an event in which it plans to ‘redefine the future of gaming’ on 3rd March. The reveal of the device could be close, then, and VRFocus has learned that, when the HMD is announced, it will be revealed to be running with the company’s Tegra X1 Super Chip.
VRFocus understands that the HMD, which may be named Titan VR, will integrate the company’s latest and most advanced mobile processor, which was announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The chip consists of the NVIDIA Maxwell 256-core GPU as well as an 8 CPU-core, 64-bit ARM CPU that makes it something of a powerhouse for running mobile experiences. It also allows for 4K video playback. Obviously the HMD itself would need a display capable showing 4K resolutions for this to have any impact on the device.
Many have speculated that Nvidia’s HMD might be a mobile device with an embedded chipset. This news certainly makes it seem as if that’s the case, bringing the kit more in line with the GameFace wireless HMD than the Oculus Rift or smartphone-based HMDs such as the Gear VR. Previously VRFocus reported that the tech was being developed by the same team behind Nvidia’s SHIELD tablet. Just how much of this will be revealed at Nvidia’s event tomorrow remains to be seen, although fans will be able to watch a live stream of the show as it beings at 19:00 PDT.
Nvidia is far from the only company announcing HMDs at GDC 2015. Valve and HTC revealed the Vive kit at Mobile World Congress (MWC) yesterday and will be showing it to developers and publishers this week. VRFocus is at GDC to bring you all of the latest updates on the technology from all companies.