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Snapdragon VR SDK Revealed by Qualcomm

With the virtual reality (VR) industry gearing up for a big week at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2016, mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced a new VR software development kit (SDK) for its Snapdragon processors.

With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips inside devices like Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones, the company wants to make it easier for developers to create VR experiences optimised for mobile. With this new SDK VR content creators will have access to advanced VR features, helping simplify development while attaining improved VR performance and power efficiency with the latest Snapdragon 820.

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Features include: DSP sensor fusion which allows easy access to the right combination of high frequency inertial data from gyroscopes and accelerometers via the Snapdragon Sensor Core. Fast motion to photon bring support for asynchronous time warp with single buffer rendering for fast transformation of rendered images in 3D space, helping reduce latency. And VR Layering for generation of text and menus, reducing distortion allowing easier reading.

“We’re providing advanced tools and technologies to help developers significantly improve the virtual reality experience for applications like games, 360 degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education and entertainment applications,” said Dave Durnil, senior director, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. in a statement. “VR represents a new paradigm for how we interact with the world, and we’re excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 820 VR-capable Android smartphones and headsets.”

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Qualcomm, reporting back any further VR related announcements.