Now this is interesting … a standalone VR Headset that’s compatible with the HTC Vive Wave. A standalone VR Headset means you don’t have to connect it, or tether it to a PC. All the necessary hardware is built into the VR headset itself. Can’t wait to see what these new VR headsets can do!
You might have missed the original Pico Neo VR headset back in April 2016, but the name is popping up again thanks to its re-release. Following the HTC Vive Focus, the new Pico Neo unveiled earlier today is yet another standalone VR headset with six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking, and thankfully, it looks a lot better than its predecessor. Much like the Vive Focus, what we have here is a dual-camera inside-out tracking system powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (so it’s likely based on the same development kit) with the same three-hour battery life, but it features a narrower 101-degree field of view instead of 110, and it packs a pair of 90 Hz 1,440 x 1,600 LCDs instead of AMOLED.
What make the Pico Neo stand out are its controller options. Much like the Vive Focus, the Pico Neo comes with a 3DoF trackpad controller for the same 3,999 yuan price (about $610), but the 5,299 yuan (about $810) business edition comes with two 6DoF controllers — something that the Vive Focus doesn’t yet offer, not even one. The latter are enabled by the controllers’ ultrasonic sensors that keep track of their positions, so long as they are within a 160-degree field-of-view of the headset. It’ll be interesting to see how well this tracking works — after all, if it’s as straightforward as it sounds, HTC would have already implemented something similar on the Vive Focus.