To make 5g work, first connect VR / AR to 5g network.Let’s start with VR. The most mainstream category in VR field is VR all-in-one machine, that is, VR products that can be used independently without connecting to mobile phone or PC and built-in processor. The chipset used in VR all-in-one machine is often the configuration of mobile phone 3 years ago. At present, the mainstream products still use Qualcomm snapdragon 821 and 835. These chipsets do not have the ability to directly access 5g networks.

In fact, not only VR, but also various existing hardware products do not support 5g, only Wi Fi or 4G.

In order to deal with this problem, equipment such as 5g CPE appeared. It can convert 5g signal into Wi Fi signal, and existing products can be connected to 5g CPE through Wi Fi, and then connected to 5g network. Sounds like it’s no different from Gigabit home broadband? From the perspective of home use scenarios, this is true. Whether 5g CPE or Gigabit home broadband is used, the VR all-in-one machine is connected through Wi Fi, and the download rate achieved by the two is also similar (Gigabit BPS).

At the same time, because VR is a fully immersive experience, most users use it at home and have little demand for mobility, Gigabit home broadband can play a good role, while the demand for 5g network is relatively small. Gigabit home broadband and 5g, in the face of complex urban and rural infrastructure environment, there are problems such as the feasibility, efficiency and cost of laying the network. Therefore, for VR, the key is to see whether 5g CPE and Gigabit home broadband can be popularized faster and more widely.

For AR, the story is different. At present, the overall idea of making ar glasses in China is to connect ar glasses to mobile phones (DisplayPort over type-C) through wired mode. Ar glasses are only used as display units, and mobile phones are used for computing and batteries, so as to reduce the weight of glasses and improve wearing comfort (although the current technology is still far from being comfortable to wear all day).

Therefore, whether ar glasses can be connected to 5g network mainly depends on whether the connected mobile phone supports 5g. At present, it can be seen that a number of mobile phone manufacturers have released 5g measured videos. It is believed that the launch of 5g mobile phones will also happen soon. Compared with VR, AR glasses can easily catch the ride of 5g mobile phone.

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