Meta Platforms signed an agreement to have chip-maker Qualcomm produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality devices, the companies announced at a consumer electronics conference in Berlin on Friday.

Engineering and product teams of both companies will work together to produce the chips, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms, they said in a statement.

The agreement shows the dependency of Meta, known as Facebook until last year, on Qualcomm’s technology even as it tries to develop custom silicon of its own for its virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices.

“Unlike mobile phones, building VR brings novel multidimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost and form factor,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a video message. “We are still in the early stages of the metaverse and this sort of deep technical integration will help VR move towards being a multifunctional computing platform.”

Meta has been investing heavily in technologies like pass-through goggles and augmented reality glasses as it tries to bring to life Zuckerberg’s vision for the metaverse, a concept involving an immersive set of digital worlds. It has relied on Qualcomm’s chips for its VR devices for years, including for its latest Quest2 headset.

The chipsets produced through the collaboration will not be exclusive to Meta, but will be optimised specifically for Quest’s system specifications, Meta spokesman Tyler Yee said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.