Imagination Technologies and 3Glasses announced a joint collaboration to promote ray-tracing technology in mass-market consumer virtual reality (VR) devices.
Respectively, each company brings its own expertise to the table in the partnership, with Imagination supplying a capable ray-tracing GPU with its PowerVR Wizard GR6500 and 3Glasses providing VR peripheral manufacturing prowess. When we saw the GR6500 in action at CES, the Wizard completed render passes more than five times faster than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
Despite the proven acumen of Imagination’s ray-tracing technology in a desktop environment, the partnership with 3Glasses could be a play at the mobile market. Although a specific product wasn't announced, 3Glasses noted the technology’s ability to meet the power ceilings and form factor of mobile devices.
“PowerVR ray tracing technology is unique high-end graphics technology that is available in mobile power budgets and form factors,” said Wei Huang, CSO of 3Glasses. “We look forward to this technology enabling our VR products to go to the next level.”
With a comment of that nature, and the mainstream desktop/console VR market seemingly already spoken for by Oculus, HTC and (soon) PSVR, the next level for Imagination and 3Glasses could be mobile VR devices. How that might relate to Google's new Daydream platform is anyone's guess.