Pico Neo CV virtual reality headset stands on its own


— 3:43 PM on January 6, 2017

Thus far, VR experiences have required a PC, a console, or at least a high-end smartphone to go with the headset. The VR specialists at Pico want to remove that restrictions with the Neo CV stand-alone headset. Pico says the Neo CV puts users first with a VR experience that is ready to use straight out of the box.

The Neo CV headset has a pair of "1.5K" AMOLED displays with a 90 Hz refresh rate, which we suspect means a horizontal resolution of around 1500 pixels, with an unspecified vertical resolution. For comparison's sake, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both boast 1080x1200 per-eye displays, with the same 90 Hz refresh rate as the Neo CV.

The brains in the Neo CV come courtesy of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB of system memory, 32GB of onboard storage, and up to 128GB of additional SD storage capacity. Pico didn't offer information about software support, but given the ARM SoC, it's likely the Neo CV could be running Android, or maybe even have some entirely novel software ecosystem.

Pico also announced a separate tracking system for the headset that offers six degrees of freedom for motion tracking and increased VR immersion. The company didn't offer pricing or availability information just yet, though.

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