Microsoft's upcoming HoloLens successor will reportedly utilize Qualcomm's XR1 platform

Source: Microsoft

There has been a lot of chatter about Microsoft's unannounced successor to its HoloLens product line. Now, it looks like we are getting a report that discusses what kind of SoC the upcoming headset will be utilizing.

Over the course of the year, there have been a couple of standalone VR headsets announced, powered by Qualcomm processors. Those same headsets have utilized the Snapdragon line of SoCs and while the upcoming HoloLens will also reportedly be powered by Qualcomm silicon, it will instead utilize the more recently announced XR1 platform.

The XR1 platform is important because it is "designed to accelerate high-quality video, audio, and interactive experiences on 'eXtended reality' (XR) devices.", meaning that it is specifically built for virtual and augmented reality. The report from Engadget didn't have much more new information but did state that its source has also confirmed that the headset will arrive in Q1 2019.

Naturally, the first quarter of 2019 is quite a ways off and things could change. Although CES is around that time, Microsoft previously held its own private event to show off the HoloLens and it could choose to do the same with its successor.

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