Pico Neo 3 Link, a standalone Quest 2 competitor, coming to Europe next month

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ByteDance, the Chinese technology company that owns TikTok, is introducing its standalone virtual reality gear to Europe.
During the months of May and June, the Pico Neo 3 Link will be made available in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

So far, over 150 games have been made accessible via the Pico shop.
It will be available for purchase for €449/£399 upon launch, with “limited numbers available.” As of now, there are no plans to debut in the United States.
There is currently very little foreign competition for the Meta Quest 2 in the all-in-one VR space, but Pico and its parent company ByteDance are working to alter that. Pico stated today that the Neo 3 Link would now be available in six European nations, after previously only being available in China and via imports from other countries.

Pico Neo 3 Link users will notice that the Pico Neo 3 Link sounds quite similar to Quest 2 users. As with Meta’s famous headgear, it is powered by the same Snapdragon XR2 CPU, 6GB of RAM, four inside-out cameras to monitor the user’s movements, a 3-hour battery life, motion controllers, and 256GB of storage.

Pico will begin to make inroads into the VR industry as a result of these commonalities, since it will be simple for creators to adapt Quest 2 titles to function with Pico as well as with other VR systems.

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The Pico Neo 3 Link now has 120 games and 50 applications available, with at least another 30 titles scheduled to be released in the future. After the Fall, Superhot, Walkabout Mini Golf, and Eleven Table Tennis are all included in the launch library, and they are all considered to be among the greatest Quest 2 games available.

If there’s one thing that distinguishes the Neo 3 Link from the Quest Link, it is that it comes with a DisplayPort cable, which provides a stronger data connection for PC VR than the Quest Link cable. It’s possible that this may make the headset popular among Steam VR users. It also features a better weight distribution and an Elite Strap-style back with a tightening knob, despite the fact that it is about 3.5oz heavier than the Quest 2.

The Neo 3 Link is a really enticing bargain since it launches at the same price as the Quest 2 256GB while also including a strap and cable — while the official Oculus Elite Strap and Link Cable would sell separately for hundreds more — making it a good value for money.

A link between the Pico Neo 3 and the Pico Neo 3.

Pico Neo 3 Link preorders will begin on April 15 for €449/£399 as part of a beta programme, with the device shipping in May. In order to prepare for a bigger rollout, Pico is redesigning its shop, website, and payment system to encourage customers to engage directly with the company.

The headset will be sent to beta testers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain on May 24, but purchasers in the United Kingdom and Italy will have to wait until the middle of June.

It is possible to preorder the gadget in a variety of countries; customers in the United Kingdom should go at SystemActive or Bestware, while VR Expert has it available in Germany, the Netherlands, and France.

The introduction of this new VR headset may be especially appealing to German VR enthusiasts, given that the Quest 2 is not yet accessible in the country. Otherwise, it’s a legitimate issue as to who will purchase this gadget, given that the Quest 2 is now out and has even more exclusives. Pico has been dubbed a possible “Quest killer,” but whether or not ByteDance can make the Pico brand as successful outside of China as it did with TikTok will be determined in the coming months.

Incentives might include a “35 percent discount on a future model,” which will arrive “over the next 12 months” if enough beta testers sign up. So it’s apparent that a hypothetical Pico Neo 4 might be released in the near future, but that its availability in Europe (or elsewhere) is “dependent to the success of the beta programme.” Unless the Neo 3 Link is noticed, Pico’s global goals may be dashed before they have a chance to be realised.

Unfortunately, Pico made no indication that it would be bringing its headset to North American shores. As a result, Meta will maintain its solid grasp on VR popularity in the United States, at least for the time being.

Michael L. Hicks is an American businessman and philanthropist.

Michael is a former ebook developer who has transitioned into a tech journalist. His professional path has taken him from virtual reality to wearables, emerging technology to gaming guides, before landing at AC to cover Android, Oculus, Stadia, and smart homes, among other topics. He is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who enjoys underachieving sports teams, jogging, and torturing his pals while serving as the DM for D&D and Star Wars RPG sessions.

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