At GDC this week, Qualcomm announced the update of its reference design VR845, which allows you to connect to a gaming PC. The first headset based on this design and using this technology is the Pico Neo 2.
Neo 2 will be launched in the second half of this year. The cost is still unknown, but Neo 1 cost $ 749, and the Qualcomm VR845 development kit costs $ 1600, so don’t expect it to be cheap.
In offline mode, the headset will have access to the Viveport M-HTC mobile store used on the Vive Focus Plus. This means that you will not get access to the same level of games as Oculus Quest. But if you use your computer for gaming, the offline mode should be sufficient for viewing multimedia.
In wireless PC mode, it will work with the Viveport PC shop from HTC, but most likely it will also work with SteamVR thanks to the open driver model of this platform. Yes, that’s right, you will be able to play SteamVR games wirelessly on this headset.
Wireless connection to a PC uses 60 GHz technology, like the HTC Vive and TPCast wireless adapter. This provides a significantly higher bandwidth than WiFi and low compression of low latency content. But for this functionality to work, you need a special transmitter. This is likely to significantly increase the cost of the device, so it will be interesting to see if the transmitter is turned on or sold separately.
There are no images of Neo 2 or other details yet, but VRcue will keep you updated as soon as Pico provides additional information.