At GDC this week Qualcomm introduced an replace to their VR845 reference design which permits it to additionally wirelessly hook up with a gaming PC. The primary headset to be primarily based off this design and utilizing its expertise is the Pico Neo 2.
The Neo 2 will launch within the second half of this 12 months. They aren’t saying worth simply but, however the Neo 1 was $749 and the Qualcomm VR845 improvement package is $1600 so don’t count on it to be low cost.
In standalone mode the headset can have entry to Viveport M– HTC’s cell retailer used on the Vive Focus Plus. Which means you’re not going to be having access to the identical degree of video games as Oculus Quest. However in case you’re utilizing your PC for video games, standalone mode must be enough for media viewing.
In wi-fi PC mode it’ll work with HTC’s Viveport PC retailer, however it’ll seemingly work with SteamVR additionally due to that platform’s open driver mannequin. Sure that’s proper, you must be capable to play SteamVR video games wirelessly on this headset.
The wi-fi connection to the PC makes use of 60 GHz expertise, identical to the HTC Vive wi-fi adapter and TPCast. That permits for considerably larger bandwidth than WiFi and for low compression with low latency, however must be inside line of sight of the headset and desires a devoted transmitter- not your router. This may seemingly add considerably to the price, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see whether or not the transmitter is included or bought individually.
There aren’t any pictures of the Neo 2 or additional particulars but, however we’ll maintain you up to date as quickly as Pico offers additional data.
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