China-based VR headset manufacturer, Pico Technology, has unveiled its latest standalone headset. The headset comes with advanced features like 6DoF positional tracking and 6DoF controllers. The Pico Neo VR is the company’s second offering this year and follows the company’s first standalone headset the Pico Neo CV which launched back in January of 2017.
Compared to its previous version, the Pico Neo headset has more advanced computing features. This includes better rendering thanks to its updated processor – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Unlike the Pico Neo CV which has a single-camera for inside-out tracking, the new Pico Neo hosts a dual-camera set up for more accurate and precise 6DoF tracking.
The All-New Pico Neo VR Headset
The new Pico Neo standalone VR Headset will come with the advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of high-speed RAM, and a 128 GB microSD card. The headset houses a pair of dual 3.5 inch 90Hz AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1,440 × 1,600 pixels each.
This VR headset has dual-cameras at its front to perform 6DoF inside-out positional tracking and is based on the recently announced HTC Vive Wave open source API. As a result, the Pico Neo has many similar features to the newly launched Vive Focus. This means that the developers don’t need to work on a dedicated platform as in the case of the Pico Goblin. Users can access all the software and video games from the Vive Wave, Viveport and Pico Store.
Because it is based on the Vive Wave platform, the Pico Neo VR Headset also features ‘WorldSense’ inside-out tracking capabilities that allow for 6DoF controllers. The company says that the headset’s controllers are positionally tracked using ultra-sonics technology.
This technology “enables the Neo to deliver high fidelity control without the need for any external cameras, trackers or wires. It also means users are able to get high-end VR experiences (6DoF head and hands) typical of an expensive PC solution in a beautifully self-contained package,” says the company.
With this line of specs, I am sure that this headset will be great for watching immersive VR Porn content just like its elder sibling the Pico Goblin.
Availability and Pricing
On the company’s U.S.-based website, the new Pico VR Headset is available for pre-order at a price of $749. This headset will also come with a newly announced depth-sensor Pico Zense for business use.
However, for the China market, there are two offerings both of which come with LCD displays. The ‘basic version’ includes a 3DoF motion controller costing 4,000 RMB (~ $610). While the ‘business version’ includes 6DoF controller costing 5,300 RMB (~ $810).