Whether its content or hardware, there’s plenty going on in the virtual reality (VR) industry at the moment. Pico Interactive confirmed in March that a third-gen Pico Neo was on the way, followed by the first image of the all-in-one (AIO) headset last week. Today, Pico Interactive has shared another image and more importantly a few specifications for the Pico Neo 3.
Getting a nice side profile of the standalone headset the company has clearly gone for a rigid strap design, no headphones so the audio is piped through the arm and a fairly chunky rear head-mount to ensure the device isn’t going anywhere.
As for the specifications, the Pico Neo 3 will be the company’s flagship headset built on the Snapdragon XR2 Platform featuring WiFi 6 – so it’ll be more than capable of streaming immersive content – four wide-angle cameras which Pico claims offers “true millimeter-level positioning and tracking,” and physical IPD adjustment with three settings. With the new camera tracking system, Pico Neo 3 will come with 6DoF controllers – with 32 tracking sensors – for an improved user experience as well as the ability to work in a “low-texture environment and bright or dark settings.”
The AIO headset has an updated curved screen for a sleeker form factor, a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth gameplay, and it’ll be made with all-PU material, so it should be easy to wipe down and keep clean. Currently, a price and release date have yet to be confirmed. However, Pico Interactive has already stated the Pico Neo 3 with these specs is purely for the Asian consumer market, it won’t be sold in the West as a rival to Oculus Quest 2. As with Pico’s previous devices, the Pico Neo 3 will only be sold outside of Asia as an enterprise model, slated to arrive this summer.
“These innovative product developments follow our B and B+ funding rounds earlier this year. From our new optical controller-tracking solution to complex environment positioning, the Neo 3 is building off of the Neo 2 to offer the latest technology to give users an amazing, immersive experience,” said Henry Zhou, CEO of Pico Interactive in a statement. “Between the Pico Neo 3 headset’s state-of-the-art-technology and Pico’s new publishing division – Pico Studios – developers have the tools to get even more creative with the apps and games they create.”
From the brief spec revealed, the Pico Neo 3 is shaping up to be an interesting headset and one that could dominate its home market. Elsewhere, the upcoming Vivecon 2021 event could offer another VR alternative. For further Pico Interactive updates, keep reading VRFocus.