Qualcomm’s new chip will lead to augmented reality glasses you’ll actually want to wear

Day two of chip maker Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit played host to the reveal of the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 – the company’s first dedicated augmented reality chipset – designed to better serve AR experiences through smart glasses and other similar headworn wearables.

Qualcomm already has a well-established presence in the XR (virtual reality / VR, mixed reality / MR and augmented reality / AR) space, with the Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4 notably running on the company’s recent XR2 platform, while Meta’s fresh- faced Quest Pro headset – which dabbles lightly in mixed reality thanks to its full-color passthrough support – is one of the first headsets to run on Qualcomm’s enhanced XR2 Plus chipset. The experiences and devices the AR2 Gen 1 is designed to support are slightly different, however.