Pico Neo: First affordable standalone, all-in-one VR headsets

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 | In Electronic Gadgets | Tags: ,

It’s not from Google or Samsung. A Beijing-based startup company, Pico, announced that they will be revealing a budget-friendly VR device that doesn’t require any mobile device or PC to perform. The headset, which is called Pico Neo will be targeting low- to mid-range markets with their $295 device, but its complete set with the controller is marked at $529.

Unlike many of the current VR headsets on the market that require users to attach their smartphones to the device, Pico Neo houses most of its computing power in its paired SNES-like controller. This makes the headset “lightweight and agile,” according to John Dye’s report on Android Authority.

Pico Neo: First affordable standalone, all-in-one VR headsets
~ Pico Neo: First affordable standalone, all-in-one VR headsets ~

Pico Neo’s headset features 1200×1080 resolution per eye, 102-degree field of view, 90Hz refresh rate, a lighter body at 320 grams and a longer 5000mAh battery that can last for 3 hours of playing. Meanwhile, it’s paired controller comes with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage with microSD slot and Android Marshmallow OS.

Although this headset is revolutionary in its own right, it may still have issues related to the scarcity of compatible apps. The device is running the latest version of Android Marshmallow, which Lance Whitney reported on CNET hasn’t been upgraded since February. Additionally, only 1.2% of Android devices are running the Marshmallow OS, giving many game developers no reason to upgrade the tech specifications of their games.

However, some game developers are now looking at the possibility of embracing VR. In fact, the co-creator of social game Bejeweled John Vechey plans to build a new studio devoted to building social VR games. Social gaming is a big market, with developers such as Gaming Realms looking to expand their services due to market shifts. Based on industry research, they are in the process of trying to tap the 12 million adult social gaming market by expanding their slot titles such as Starburst on platform Pocketfruity as well as many of their other high performing games that are played by 1.73 million players annually. With the plan to expand social games to VR, there are now more reasons for gamers to adopt the technology, especially affordable ones such as the Pico Neo.

Currently, Pico Neo is still available for pre-orders (http://www.picovr.com/en/neo.html) online and is also compatible to use with PCs under the following specifications: i5-4590/GTX 970/4GB RAM or greater.


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