Pico Interactive Inc. announced about a month ago that they will be showing off their new VR HMD, called the Pico Goblin at this year’s E3 event. We checked out their booth to see what the wireless all-in-one headset is like.
You can read our first impressions of the headset below, but first, some background information. Pico has two HMD versions in the works. A mid-range HMD called the Pico Goblin and a high-end HMD called Pico Neo CV. According to the Pico representative at their E3 booth, the company is aiming to release both headsets at the end of this year. They are also showing off both headsets at E3 this year, but only the Pico Goblin is now available for pre-order. Both the Pico Goblin and the Pico Neo CV function without the aid of a mobile or PC and are completely untethered.
“One of the biggest pain points for consumers interested in virtual reality headsets is the high cost of entry,” said Paul Viglienzone, vice president of business development, Pico Interactive Inc.” We believe the price point of the Pico Goblin solves this issue for casual gamers, families and many tech enthusiasts. With its all-in-one wireless design, range of great games, and ultra-portability, the Pico Goblin aims to shake up the VR world this summer.”
The Pico Goblin is going at a pre-sale price of $249 right now with five VR games bundled in. Which is a relatively competitive price range for the all inclusive market at the moment. As for the Pico Neo CV, the company hasn’t settled on a final price tag yet, but are looking at around the $500 range. Pico has also said that their HMDs will have more than 50 games at launch – which they are publishing themselves at the moment.
Hands-On With The Pico Goblin
So the Pico Goblin is still in development, and by the looks of it, still has some way to go. The headset itself is lightweight compared to the more high-end VR HMDs out there. It’s also comfortable and doesn’t feel like it would start to get uncomfortable after a few hours. As for the resolution, it was decent enough.
Specs: The Pico Goblin has a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor that powers two TFT LCD 70Hz VR displays which allow for allows for a 2560×1440 resolution on both displays. The Goblin is equipped with 3 degrees of freedom head tracking technology which allows for full immersion. Pico’s Goblin also comes with a controller that features 3 degrees of freedom tracking as well. The rep assured us that the Pico Goblin will offer up to two hours of full use – gameplay, watching videos, and utilizing apps – before it needs to be charged. What’s more is that the headset works with a USB plug on any charging block.
While we didn’t get to test out the Neo CV, we were told that Pico’s premium model features six degrees of freedom in the headset and the controllers. Keep checking back for more E3 news.