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Qualcomm and NetEase Collaborate To Optimise for VR

Collaboration between developer and hardware manufacturer allows for VR titles on Snapdragon platform.

Qualcomm is the producer of the Snapdragon family of chips, most of which are used in smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is working with NetEase Games to optimise its Messiah game engine for the Snapdragon chips aimed towards immersive mobile videogames.

The collaboration is directed towards creating next-generation videogame content for the Snapdragon 800 series of chips such as the flagship Snapdragon 845, specifically ‘extended reality’ or XR content, something that can encompass virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

“We are excited to work with a leading, global gaming content provider like NetEase Games,” said Sanjay Mehta, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT China. “By working together, we aim to utilize the cutting-edge multimedia and VR/AR processing advantages of the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, allowing players around the globe to enjoy the immersive mobile gaming experiences with higher quality.”

“With our close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies, NetEase can improve our existing and future mobile gaming content more effectively for premium tier Snapdragon platforms, especially the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform,” said Ethan (Yi) Wang, vice president, NetEase, Inc. “We will develop and optimize more exceptional mobile gaming products for players around the globe, continuing to meet their demands for premium gaming experience.”

The two companies have already made progress on adapting Khronos’ Vulkan graphics, which allows for graphics computations to be offloaded to the CPU, reducing the load on the graphics chip, reducing power consumption and overheating.

Using the Snapdragon VR SDK, NetEase has produced its first VR title designed for Snapdragon, called Twilight Pioneers. The two companies are planning on bringing more NetEase titles to the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform to be launched in 2018.

VRFocus will bring you further news on NetEase and Qualcomm VR projects as it becomes available.

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