While metaverse is in progress, Qualcomm is in action

Recently, Qualcomm announced the establishment of Xiaolong metaverse fund with a total amount of US $100 million, which aims to become a startup platform for XR developers and enterprises and support them to build a basic technology and content ecosystem for metaverse. At the same time, Qualcomm announced to jointly create a head worn AR / MR game experience with the game manufacturer schweill Enix (hereinafter referred to as Se). This is the second time that Qualcomm has established metaverse after Xiaolong XR special platform and spaces XR developer platform. From dedicated hardware to tool platforms to developer ecology, Qualcomm is building the key to metaverse.

Create metaverse technology matrix

Metaverse is a ubiquitous “spatial Internet”, which can connect the real world and the virtual world and create a personalized digital experience.

To realize the seamless interaction between human and everything in metaverse, we must first solve the problem of spatial computing. As the underlying technology provider of metaverse industrial chain, Qualcomm has invested heavily in key technologies such as user body perception and spatial positioning involved in spatial computing.

Since 2018, Qualcomm has successively launched Xiaolong XR1 and XR2 platforms specifically for XR devices, launched reference designs based on Xiaolong XR platform, and provided software, spatial computing algorithms and architecture to make the immersive XR experience faster and benefit more consumers and enterprise users. At the same time, using the technology accumulation in Wi Fi and 5g, Qualcomm proposed “unbounded XR”, which allows the network and cloud to complete the content generation and rendering tasks, and then transmit them to the terminal side through high-speed connection, so as to achieve more accurate and high-speed spatial computing.

On this basis, Xiaolong metaverse fund will help developers embrace the next generation of spatial computing. The fund enables and supports the innovation of the whole ecosystem through venture capital and funding for content developer ecology. In addition, invested enterprises and developers will have the opportunity to obtain leading XR platform technology, hardware suite, global investor network and joint marketing and promotion opportunities in advance. It is reported that Xiaolong metaverse fund application will be officially opened in June 2022.

“Our groundbreaking platform technology and experience will help consumers and enterprise customers build and integrate into metaverse, connecting the real world and the digital world. Qualcomm’s technology is the key to metaverse. Through Xiaolong metaverse fund, we look forward to enabling developers and enterprises of different sizes to create more possibilities when a new generation of spatial computing is launched.” Said Ann Meng, President and CEO of Qualcomm.

Explore the creative edge of metaverse

If spatial computing is the foundation of metaverse’s existence, content ecology is the cornerstone of metaverse’s development. In November 2021, Qualcomm launched snapdragon spaces, a headset ar development kit ™ XR Developer Platform (hereinafter referred to as Xiaolong spaces) provides developers with tools to realize creativity, change the possibility of headset AR, and promote the applications created by developers to reach users through smartphone digital distribution stores.

Relying on Xiaolong spaces, Qualcomm is building an open cross terminal platform and ecosystem. Niantic’s lightship developer platform will be integrated with Xiaolong spaces to expand the AR experience to the outdoors. Xiaolong spaces platform can also support application portability and unified workflow through unity ar basic suite and unity Mars, so that developers can create a perfect integration experience with the real world on the platform. Lenovo, Motorola, oppo, Xiaomi and other smart phones and AR hardware OEMs will support Xiaolong spaces as the first partners in 2022. Lenovo thinkreality A3 smart glasses will cooperate with Motorola smart phones to realize the commercialization of Xiaolong spaces for the first time. German Telecom, NTT DoCoMo, T-Mobile and other operators will also help support Xiaolong spaces ecology.

Se, a big game maker, has a persistent pursuit of deeper narrative and more immersive game experience. Its “Final Fantasy” series has sold more than 164 million sets worldwide and the “Tomb Raider” series has sold more than 85 million sets worldwide.

Narrative adventure games are the game category that se is good at. In Justifiable Defense 4, Se tries to divide the plot and place it in all corners of the game world, so as to avoid that linear narration can not continuously capture the interest of players. In this announced cooperation with Qualcomm, SE will use Xiaolong spaces and Qualcomm to jointly break through the boundary of immersive game experience and jointly innovate the narrative mode.

“Se has always been committed to using top game technologies to break through the boundaries of narration and bring unforgettable experiences to fans. We have made continuous investment in XR and look forward to using Xiaolong spaces to create XR experience. We think it’s time to use XR to innovate our classic games. We look forward to sharing these games with the world and further fulfilling the company’s mission.” Said Ben Taylor, technical director of se.

In order to further link the XR industrial ecological chain and encourage the developer community to create more rich and diverse high-quality XR software application products for the Chinese market, Qualcomm also officially launched the “2022 Qualcomm XR innovative application challenge” recently. The event is a creative exchange platform created by Qualcomm for the global XR industry. It has been held for the fourth time. The awards of this competition are worth more than 540000 yuan, and will provide publicity and promotion, technical training, capital resource docking and other services for the participating teams.

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