Pico Neo 3 Link Review: A Decent Quest 2 Alternative That Signals Bigger Things To Come

Pico’s first consumer headset to release in the west is still a work in progress, but it suggests Meta has some serious competition in its future. Read on for our Pico Neo 3 Link review.

Note: Please keep in mind that the Pico Neo 3 Link is described as a beta product and is still getting software updates with new features and fixes. What’s written below was accurate at the time of publication, but may soon change.

I’ll just come right out and say it: unless you’re a diehard VR enthusiast desperately in search of a standalone VR headset not owned by Meta, you probably shouldn’t buy a Pico Neo 3 Link. This isn’t because the headset itself is necessarily bad — it’s actually a very decent device that’s comparable to Quest 2 in many areas including price at €450 — but simply because the Neo 3 Link is still a work in progress, and may have less than a year of shelf life before it’s replaced.

Newly acquired by TikTok owner ByteDance, Pico has dropped some big hints that its next-generation VR standalone is around 12 months out. In fact, anyone that does buy the Neo 3 Link will get a discount on that hypothetical new device when it releases. Make no mistake then, the Neo 3 Link is very much a beta product in search of guinea pigs. This limited release is intended to both test the waters of the consumer VR market and help prove out the company’s software and hardware offerings as it plots new devices and expansions to the US.

That said, as we’ll discuss later, the Neo Link 3 does actually have some big advantages over Quest 2 if you’re looking to also use the device with a PC.

Design, Comfort & Specs

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Whichever angle you look at it from, the Neo 3 Link looks a lot like a Quest 2. Literally, yes, it’s a similar design with four cameras for tracking and a bulky front visor that stores all of the headset’s compute. Charging’s done via USB-C and Pico even borrows Quest 2’s three-point lens adjustment covering a range of eye distances by reaching inside and moving them.

One nice advantage that the Neo 3 Link does have over Quest 2 is that it basically comes with the Elite Strap already integrated into the device. There’s a back dial that allows you to quickly adjust your fit and provides a little better weight distribution than the Quest 2 with its basic headstrap, even if it overall makes it the heavier of the two headsets. Combined with the soft fabric lining and stretchy rubber top strap, the headset’s pretty comfortable to wear for long stretches of time without getting much fatigue on your face and head.

Even on the inside, though, things are mostly identical to Quest 2: the Neo 3 Link runs on Qualcomm’s XR2 chipset and offers the same 1832×1920 per-eye resolution. There’s also a limited 120Hz mode for some less demanding games, but most content will run at 90Hz. In other words, the games and apps the Neo 3 Link 3 can run are exactly the same as those you see on Quest 2; don’t expect any significant leaps in graphical fidelity and performance.

Two speakers located in the headset’s side straps provide serviceable audio, with a headphone jack for those that want it and easily-reachable volume buttons.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Neo 3 Link is the second USB-C port it has, hidden underneath a rubber cap. This is essential for the headset’s PC VR offerings, but we’ll get to those in a bit.

Controllers & Tracking

Again, if you’ve held a Quest 2 controller you’ll know what to expect from the Neo 3 Link’s two motion controllers. They’re the tried-and-true mix of a single trigger, side grip button, two face buttons with an analog stick each. The tracking ring runs on top and, interestingly, both controllers have a Home and Menu button each, which is a nice inclusion for anyone that ever forgets which is which on the left and right Touch controllers.

The controllers are certainly light and fit comfortably in your hand, though they don’t have quite the same premium feel as the Quest 2 controllers and they also both run on a pair of AA batteries each.

When it comes to the actual tracking itself I’ve been pretty pleased with the accuracy and consistency in well over 15 hours of playtime.

The Standalone Experience

As far as the content library goes, the Neo 3 Link currently does a decent job of bringing Quest 2’s best third-party games to a new ecosystem, where they look and play practically identical. That includes all-timer releases like Superhot VR and Eleven: Table Tennis as well as recent hits like Demeo and After The Fall, with some notable omissions like Job Simulator. I’d expect the list of missing games to narrow by the week as more titles launch on the device, though (you can keep up with a list of all Neo 3 Link support games here).

The Neo 3 Link also isn’t as strictly curated as the Quest store, which means you get front-and-center access to some great indie titles like Crisis VRigade 1 and 2, as well as some not so great titles you’ll scroll right on past. With that said, you’re still essentially getting a pared back version of the Quest 2 line-up with the Neo 3 Link, without any of the big exclusives like Beat Saber, Echo VR and Resident Evil 4 VR.

Pico is really going to have to double down on investment to make this library much more compelling; it’ll need not just parity with third-party Quest releases but some hits to call its own and help differentiate it from the Quest ecosystem. I’ll be very interested to see how it goes about achieving this in the months to come.

You’re also missing a wealth of features Meta has implemented into Quest 2 over its 18 or so months on the market. That includes hugely important input options like hand-tracking. The Neo 3 only supports this with the enterprise-level Pro model and that’s only with an externally-mounted Ultraleap sensor. Plus there’s an an ever-increasing suite of social and productivity enhancements like sensing when someone has stepped into your play space or inviting others into your home environment. The list goes on: marking out virtual desks and couches, multitasking on 2D windows, tracked bluetooth keyboard recognition and more. There’s a lot to catch up on here.

This is, crucially, where the word ‘beta’ really comes into play. Pico is essentially only just starting out on the same journey Meta began with the release of the first Quest, and we’d expect many of these features to eventually find their way into the Neo series. The big question is if the Neo 3 Link will continue to be supported with those new features once its successor arrives because, if not, it’s even harder to recommend the device to more casual VR users.

PC Integration

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But, while the Neo 3 Link might be missing a lot of the features you can currently enjoy on a Quest 2, it also boasts one big feature Meta doesn’t have. Packed inside every box alongside the headset is a USB-C to DisplayPort cable. You can use this to connect directly to your PC and experience clean, uncompressed PC VR. Meta’s USB-C to USB-A Link, meanwhile, offers a stable connection but compresses the image, and it’s very noticable. Pico also features an AirLink option for wire-free streaming, but it adds that compression back in.

I’ve been using the wired connection to try out demos from Steam Next Fest, and as I’ve reviewed Green Hell VR’s PC version, I found the clarity on offer with the wired connection easily makes the Neo 3 Link my prefered hybrid headset. Until now, I’d kept a Rift S handy at all times because it offered the right mix of ease of use and clarity. The Neo 3 Link will allow me to finally shelve that headset.

That said there are some issues to iron out. For starters, the Neo 3 Link humorously comes with its own screwdriver to secure the USB-C connection to your headset without risk of detachment. It certainly works, but it’s not exactly practical to keep a screwdriver around at all times as you go between modes.

The actual SteamVR integration, meanwhile, has worked well for me in terms of performance and controller compatibility though I have seen some strange issues. For example, the virtual controllers shown in SteamVR have always resembled the Oculus Rift CV1 Touch controllers, and not Pico’s designs. I recieved an update earlier this week that said that issue was fixed but, even after that update, it’s still there. Button prompts to exit streaming also don’t really seem to work. Hopefully Pico can work with Steam to further improve implementation in future updates and products.


Presumably many people would be interested in the Pico Neo 3 Link as an alternative to the Quest 2 because it isn’t associated with Meta. You don’t need a Facebook account to setup the device (though Meta still says it will be removing this requirement for Quest in the future) and you won’t lose access to games and apps if that account is banned for any reason.

But, just because you don’t need a social media account, doesn’t mean the Neo 3 Link doesn’t raise privacy concerns. TikTok itself has been at the center of this debate for some time, though the company has always claimed that US users’ data does not leave the country, save for “backup redundancy in Singapore.” But this hasn’t silenced concerns; just last week a Buzzfeed News report claimed ByteDance employees had access to “nonpublic data about US TikTok users”.

In my 2020 Quest 2 review I said that “the ball’s kind of in your court” when it comes to deciding how much of an issue these concerns are for you. “You don’t need me to tell you that Facebook doesn’t have a great reputation on data privacy. You can see the obvious benefits the company might see in a technology platform that could literally tell where you’re looking at all times, then.”

You should consider this statement relevant to ByteDance, too.

Pico Neo 3 Link Review: Final Impressions

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The Pico Neo 3 Link marks a decent start for ByteDance’s consumer VR ambitions with a headset that’s comparable to the Quest 2 in a lot of important ways — some even favorably — even if this beta release is missing some vital features and software. Crucially, being able to offer the headset for €450 with a DisplayPort cable included suggests that Meta’s iron grip on VR value might be about to get some serious, much-needed competition.

But it’s hard to recommend the Neo 3 Link to many VR fans simply because the device is so obviously testing the waters for what comes next. With a Neo 4 looking increasingly likely in the near future, the Neo 3 Link’s purpose is mainly to prove out features for what comes next. A discount on the Neo 3 Link’s successor isn’t much of an incentive to dive in now when you could simply save a lot more money by waiting 12 months for that next device. Still, if you’re strictly looking to buy a headset now that offers a compression-free PC VR experience and a taste of standalone as well, the Pico Neo Link 3 is a decent Quest 2 alternative.

Pico Neo 3 Link Games: Every VR App Available Today

What can you play on this Meta Quest 2 alternative? Find out with our list of Pico Neo 3 Link Games!

Specs-wise, the Pico Neo 3 Link is very similar to the Quest 2, using the same XR2 chip and employing two motion controllers. But how does the recently-launched headset’s library stack up to other offerings? Below, we’ve listed each of the 100+ Pico Neo 3 Link games available today, and also thrown in titles set to hit the headset soon.

What Games Are On Pico Neo Link 3?

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Though Pico hasn’t yet released any big exclusive titles to compete with games like Resident Evil 4 VR, the platform has secured some of Quest 2’s best third-party games like After The Fall, Demeo and Superhot VR. But the company also has a more open store, with no App Lab alternative, meaning you can see some fantastic indie titles (and, in fairness, some not-so-fantastic ones) front and center. As a result, the library looks quite different to scrolling through the Quest story.

We’ll be updating this list as things go live so make sure to check back often!

Pico Neo 3 Link Games: Released

  • A Fisherman’s Tale
  • After The Fall
  • All-In-One Sports VR Global
  • Altdeus: Beyond Chronos
  • Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs
  • Apex Construct
  • Apocalypse Rider 6DOF
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Art Pulse
  • Axegend VR
  • Bait!
  • Bartender VR Simulator
  • Battlescar
  • Beat Master
  • Bullet Roulette
  • Cave Digger
  • Chess Club
  • Cloudlands 2
  • Cosmodread
  • Crazy Kung-Fu
  • Crisis VRigade
  • Crisis VRigade 2
  • Cubism
  • The Curious Tale Of The Stolen Pets
  • Dance Collider
  • Death Horizon: Reloaded
  • Death Lap
  • Deisim
  • Demeo
  • Descent Alps
  • Down The Rabbit Hole
  • Dragon Fist: VR Kung Fu
  • Eleven: Table Tennis
  • Elven Assassin
  • Endspace
  • Enter VR
  • Epic Rollercoasters VR
  • Escape From Dungeon VR
  • The Exorcist: Legion VR
  • Flying Hero VR
  • Guns ‘n Stories: Bulletproof VR
  • Gravity Sketch
  • Hitstream
  • Horror Bar VR
  • Hyperdash
  • Idoga VR
  • In Death: Unchained
  • Jentrix
  • Just Hoops
  • Larcenauts
  • The Last Labrynth
  • Manny Boxing VR
  • Meetin VR
  • Multibrush
  • Nature Treks
  • OhShape
  • Operation Serpens
  • Operation Warcade
  • Quest For Ruiner
  • Pang Man
  • Party Pumper
  • Pixel Ripped 1995
  • Poly Star VR
  • Power Beats VR
  • Prison Boss VR
  • Puzzling Places
  • The Rabbit Hole
  • Racket NX
  • Ragnarock
  • Red Matter
  • Reiko’s Fragments
  • Resist
  • Rico Shooter: Neo 2
  • Rocket Skates VR
  • Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual
  • Sim Lab VR Viewer
  • The Secret of Retropolis
  • Sep’s Diner
  • Shooty Skies Overdrive
  • The Silent Doll
  • Skyworld
  • Song Beater
  • Snow Fortress
  • Space Slurpies
  • Superhot VR
  • Swarm
  • Sweet Surrender
  • Synth Riders
  • Tourking Karts
  • Tribe XR
  • Tsuro – The Game Of The Path
  • Viking Days
  • Virtual Fighting Championship
  • Virtual Speech
  • Walkabout: VR Minigolf
  • Wands
  • Warplanes: WW1 Fighters
  • Wind Wind
  • X-Fitness
  • You Calligrapher
  • Yupitergrad
  • Zombieland VR: Headshot Fever
  • Z Race
  • Zero Caliber: Reloaded

Pico Neo 3 Link Games: Upcoming

  • Alvo
  • Stride

And that’s the list of Pico Neo 3 Link games so far! What do you make of the headset’s line-up? Let us know in the comments below!

Quest 2 Rival Pico Neo3 Link Officially on Sale in Select EU Countries

Last month Chinese virtual reality (VR) headset manufacturer Pico Interactive announced that it was finally going to compete in the consumer market, releasing the Pico Neo3 Link this month. That day has finally come, with the standalone headset now available for sale in Germany, France, Spain and The Netherlands.

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Pico is labelling the launch as a “beta”, limiting both the territories it is available in as well as only allowing customers to purchase one Neo3 Link. Retailing for €449 EUR, the device offers both standalone and PC VR connection capabilities, so owners can either download content off the Pico Store or play their SteamVR games. When connecting to a PC customers have the choice of using a cable (a 5m (16-foot) DisplayPort cable is included) and the Pico Link software or going down the wireless route using the in-built WiFi6.

“We are incredibly excited about the beta launch of the Neo3 Link. The feedback from the VR community at the Laval Virtual show was outstanding – VR fans are really hot for our high-performance headset,” said Leland Hedges, General Manager of Pico in Europe in a statement. “As part of our beta program, we will also be providing regular software updates and working closely with our beta community to optimize the VR experience.”

Pico Neo3 Link sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, boasting a 4K level resolution (1,832 x 1,920 per eye) and a 90/120Hz refresh rate. Four front-facing cameras provide the 6DoF tracking and controller/hand tracking, there’s a 3-stage adjustable IPD, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of onboard storage, and a rear-mounted 5300mAh battery for better weight distribution.

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  •                  Germany [€449 Euro, including VAT]: BestWare | VR Expert
  •                  France [€449 Euro, including VAT]: Matts Digital | VR Experts
  •                  Spain [€449 Euro, including VAT]: XR Shop
  •                  The Netherlands [€449 Euro, including VAT]: VR Expert
  •                  UK [£399 GBP, including VAT]: SystemActive 

The UK release of Pico Neo3 Link hasn’t been given a date just yet although it was previously reported this could take place in June.

For the first time, the release of Pico Neo3 Link offers European VR gamers a viable alternative to the dominant Meta Quest 2 – especially in Germany where the headset isn’t sold. Neo3 Link has a similar feature set to Quest 2, it just lacks the Quest’s exclusive lineup of titles.

Gmw3 will continue its coverage of Pico Interactive, reporting back with further updates.

Pico Neo 3 Link: Everything We Know About The Standalone VR Headset

The Pico Neo 3 Link is one of the first consumer standalone headsets to challenge the Quest 2’s dominance.

But, wait, what’s a Pico Neo 3 Link?

There’s some promise in this new device and some reasons that Meta should take its arrival in European markets seriously. But, if you’re just hearing about the company and it’s latest standalone headset for the first time then don’t worry; we’ve got a full run down of all the info you need below. From specs and price to Pico’s past, present and future, here’s everything you need to know about the Pico Neo 3 Link.

Where Did Pico Come From?

Before we get to the Neo 3 itself, let’s backtrack and look at a bit of the company’s history. Originating out of China, Pico has been making various types of standalone VR headsets for over six years now. Its first device was the original Neo from 2016, which was one of the first all-in-one VR devices of the current era.

Over the following years the company released several more devices, including the Oculus Go-like Goblin. In 2018, the company launched its first 6DOF headset in the form of a refreshed Neo and, in 2020, released the Neo 2 with two motion controllers utilizing electromagnetic tracking. Some of these products have launched as consumer devices — mainly in Asia — whereas others have been focused on the enterprise market.

In 2021, Pico was acquired by ByteDance, the owner of TikTok.

What Is The Pico Neo 3 Link?

The Pico Neo 3 Link is another standalone VR headset that makes some key changes from the Neo 2. For starters, it runs from Qualcomm’s XR2 processor and switches out the Neo 2’s electromagnetic tracking for a four camera inside-out alternative.

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard of the Neo 3 in general. The headset actually launched for consumers in Asian territories back in 2021 and Pico brought the device to the west for enterprise markets with a model known as the Neo 3 Pro. These headsets are basically exactly the same as the Neo 3 Link, with some differences to what you get in the box. More on that in a bit.

How Does It Compare To Meta Quest 2?

On paper at least, The Neo 3 Link sounds practically identical to the Quest 2. Both are standalone, both use the XR2 processor, both have four-camera inside-out tracking and both feature 1832×1920 per-eye resolution. Even Neo 3 Link’s motion controllers look incredibly similar to Quest’s Touch controllers, with the same button layout and tracking ring placement. It does feature 256GB of onboard storage, which is the same as the more expensive of the Quest 2 models, but there’s no 128GB version. One big difference we can spot right now is that Link comes with a DisplayPort cable in the box. Again, we’ll get to why that matters in a bit.

What you won’t be getting, of course, is the same content library. As we’ll detail in a second, some of Quest 2’s best games are on the Neo 3 Link, but you obviously won’t have access to Meta-exclusive titles like Resident Evil 4 VR and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. It remains to be seen if Pico might support Neo 3 Link with its own exclusive software, though the company says there’s around 200 pieces of content on the device right now.

You probably won’t be getting a lot of Quest 2’s features out of the box, either. Things like support for tracked keyboards or placing virtual couches and desks in your play space haven’t been confirmed for the headset, though they could arrive in future updates. Neo 3 Link also won’t have hand tracking; the Pro model will be getting support via an external sensor from Ultraleap, but it’s unlikely to see robust support in consumer apps.

It’s Got Some Of Quest 2’s Best Games

So far a handful of games have been confirmed for Neo 3 Link’s consumer launch. They include Superhot VR, After The Fall, Larcenauts, Eleven: Table Tennis, Puzzling Places, OhShape, Demeo and Walkabout Mini Golf. Games like Contractors and HyperDash were also included in the headset’s Asian launch. Given the device uses the XR2, you can expect these to perform about as well as they do on Quest 2. Again, Pico also says there’s around 200 pieces of content currently on its store, though we can’t speak to the quality of all of that content.

It Connects To Your PC Both Wirelessly And With DisplayPort

Just as with Quest 2, you can connect a Pico Neo 3 Link to a PC to use it as a PC VR headset and access SteamVR titles. You have two options for doing this, with the first being wireless streaming. But, as we mentioned earlier, the Link also comes with a DisplayPort attachment cable in the box, which you can connect to your PC for uncompressed PC VR. Quest 2 only allows for USB wired connections, which compresses the image. This means the Neo 3 Link should offer superior image quality over the Quest 2 when playing PC with that wire.

It’s Launching In Europe Very Soon, But With Limited Quantities

You should think of the Pico Neo 3 Link’s release as a soft launch. Pico itself refers to it as a beta release in very limited quantities. It will first ship in Germany (where Quest 2 isn’t sold), France, Spain and the Netherlands in May. The UK (£399) and Italy will follow in June. The company is referring to this as a beta program in which users will be testing out features like the Pico Store as the company works to improve them.

Pico Neo 3 Link’s Price Is The Same As Quest 2… Sort Of

In Europe, the Pico Neo 3 Link costs €449, whereas in the UK it’ll sell for £399. These are the same prices as the 256GB model of the Quest 2 but, notably, there’s a 128GB model of that device that retails for €100/£100 less. Remember, though, that you will be getting a DisplayPort cable inside the box with the Neo 3 Link.

How About A US Launch?

Currently there’s no confirmation that the Neo 3 Link will launch in the US. Given the headset is getting such a limited rollout, it seems unlikely that we’ll see the device launch in the US anytime soon. Also consider that Pico’s Chinese origins and links to ByteDance might mean extra complications with releasing the headset there due to stricter import regulations.

Another Pico Headset Sounds Imminent, But Neo 3 Owners Will Get A Discount

Consider this a warning about jumping onto the Pico Neo 3 Link straight away: Pico has made it very clear that a follow-up headset is likely to launch within the next 12 months. In fact it’s going to offer anyone that does buy the Link a 35% discount on its next headset. It’s quite possible that we see improved hardware with a better user experience before next April, then. Keep that in mind if you’re thinking about picking up a Neo 3 Link.

And that’s everything we know about the Pico Neo 3 Link so far. What do you think about the device? Let us know in the comments below!

Pico Neo 3 Link Releases for €450 in Europe with Hopes of Competing with Quest 2

Pico Interactive primarily targets enterprise users outside of China, however now the company has taken a significant step into European consumer market, as it’s officially launched its new Neo 3 variant there, Pico Neo 3 Link, which features both standalone and PC-tethered capability.

Update (May 25th, 2022): Pico announced the news in a tweet yesterday, seen below:

The headset is selling in Europe for €450, however the Neo 3 Link order page also indicates the device can be pre-ordered for shipment to the US, priced at $415, as well as other countries outside of Europe. We’ve reached out to Pico to see whether this pricing and availability is official, and will update here soon.

The original article follows below:

Original Article (April 13th, 2022): Called Neo 3 Link, the headset is aiming to straddle the PC VR and standalone headset segments by offering built-in PC streaming over either Wi-Fi 6, or tethered DisplayPort connection. It’s ostensibly the same hardware as the Pico Neo 3 Pro, albeit targeted at consumers.

For now, the company is pitching the headset as a kind of consumer beta, asking early adopters in Europe to help them improve the Pico Store, payment system, social… everything a company needs to compete with Meta in the realm of consumer standalone VR.

Image courtesy Pico Interactive

Pico says it’s launching pre-orders for Neo 3 Link starting April 15th in a number of European countries—coming first to Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands, priced at €450. Pre-orders end May 23rd.

Neo 3 Link is also coming to the UK starting in June at £400, with other European markets added at monthly intervals. That’s exact price parity with an equally equipped Meta Quest 2—not counting the ‘Elite’ style strap that Quest users have to buy extra.

“In Asia, Pico is already the leading provider of consumer VR headsets in China and will bring the beta program to new markets such as Japan and Korea. Pico will target VR fans and gamers with its new Link headset; users will participate in a unique beta program where feedback informs future product development,” Pico says in a press statement.

In addition to being able to play SteamVR titles over Wi-Fi 6 or tethered DisplayPort, the company says its native standalone Pico Store features over 200 VR apps such as SUPERHOT VR, Puzzling Places, After the Fall, Walkabout Mini Golf, Elven Table Tennis, and Demeo.

Pico Neo 3 Link Specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch SFR TFT at 3,664 x 1,920 (773 PPI), refresh rate of up to 90Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Connection: Wi-Fi 6, DisplayPort (DP Link cable included)
  • Sensors: 4 room-scale 6DOF sensors
  • Controllers: standard ‘Touch’ button layout, optically tracked
  • Hygiene: replaceable PU face pad with antifouling coating

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Pico Enters European VR Consumer Market With the €449 Neo 3 Link

Up until now, Pico Interactive has kept to a clear divide, selling its virtual reality (VR) headsets as consumer devices in China whilst outside its home territory the devices are enterprise-focused. Today, as part of Laval Virtual 2022 taking place in France this week, the headset manufacturer has announced the Pico Neo 3 Link, a consumer device coming to select European countries.

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Image credit: Pico Interactive

Pico Neo 3 Link is part of a beta programme to target VR fans and gamers interested in immersive technology, with customers able to provide feedback to Pico so it can improve its products. To begin with, the headset will be sold in GermanyFranceSpain and The Netherlands at specific retailers for €449 EUR with other European markets coming later. Currently, the UK is listed as June (£399.99 GBP from SystemActive) whilst Pico also has plans to bring the headset to Japan and Korea.

Inside, the Pico Neo 3 Link looks to feature the exact same specifications as the Neo 3 Pro. It’s an all-in-one (AIO) headset powered by Qualcomm’s XR2 chipset, packing a 5.5-inch SFR TFT display with a resolution of 3,664 x 1,920 pixels (773 PPI and a 90Hz refresh rate). There’s 6GB of RAM, 256GB of onboard storage, inside-out tracking, a rear-mounted 5300mAh battery for better weight distribution and comfort, plus full SteamVR compatibility.

Pico has its own store featuring popular VR title like SUPERHOT VR, Puzzling Places, After the Fall, Walkabout Mini Golf, Elven Table Tennis, and Demeo. You can connect to a PC wirelessly using Wi-Fi 6 or tethered to access all of those SteamVR games.

Pico Neo 3 Link
Image credit: Pico Interactive

“We are democratizing VR across Europe with local content and unique entertainment experiences. Pico will bring the joy of discovery and whimsy to VR by being a more open and more adventurous platform for creators, developers, and VR fanatics,” said Leland Hedges, General Manager of Pico Interactive in Europe in a statement. “If you are a true believer and you want to own a piece of VR history, come join the Pico beta program.”

Access to Pico Neo 3 Link will be limited, to begin with, with headsets restricted to one per customer. Pre-orders start from 15th April and run through until 23rd May.

The news will likely be of interest to anyone looking for a viable alternative to Meta Quest 2’s dominance of the VR market, especially in Germany where the headset isn’t sold.

For continued updates on the Pico Neo 3 Link, keep reading gmw3.

Pico Neo 3 Link: €449 Standalone VR Headset Launching In Europe

The Pico Neo 3 standalone headset is soon to be sold to consumers in Europe as the Pico Neo 3 Link.

Pico, which was acquired by TikTok owner ByteDance in 2021, made the announcement at the Laval Virtual event in France today. The Neo 3 Link will cost €449 with “limited quantities” available. It will first ship in Germany (where Quest 2 isn’t sold), France, Spain and the Netherlands in May. The UK (£399) and Italy will follow in June.

Pico describes this launch as a “beta program” and says owners will provide “feedback on upgrades to the Pico Store, Pico user account, payment, social, and other services”. Pre-orders for those first territories open on April 15, with shipping to begin May 24. No announcement was made about a possible US release, but we’ve asked the company about those plans.

Just as with the Meta Quest 2, the Neo 3 is an all-in-one headset with four-camera inside-out tracking that uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 processor. It comes with two motion controllers that are similar to the Oculus Touch controllers. The headset has 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with a display resolution of 3664×1920 and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. Alongside native games including Demeo, After The Fall and Demeo, the headset will support wireless streaming with PCs to access SteamVR titles. It also comes with a DisplayPort cable in the box for uncompressed wired PC VR.

Pico itself has a long history in VR, dating back to the original Neo that was revealed in 2016. The Pico Neo 3 first went on sale in Asia in 2021 featuring games like Superhot VR, Contractors and Red Matter. However, Pico’s US and European business has more recently been focused on the enterprise market. To that end, it sells the Pico Neo 3 Pro and Pro Eye with eye tracking in those territories.

Are you interested in picking up the Pico Neo 3 Link? Let us know in the comments below.

Standalone Headset Maker Pico Teasing ‘Special Announcement’ This Week

Standalone VR headset maker Pico is teasing a ‘Special Announcement’ for later this week.

The company is due to reveal the news on April 13 during the Laval Virtual Europe conference. It will host a stream of the announcement, which is set to go live at 3:05pm CET, or 2:05pm in the UK and 9:05am/6:05am in ET/PT respectively.

No word yet on exactly what the company will announce but there has been plenty of speculation that Pico might look to release a consumer version of its Neo 3 headset in western markets. Currently, the company sells the device — which is powered by the same Qualcomm XR2 platform used in Quest 2 — to consumers in Asia, and it already features popular games like Superhot VR, Eleven Table Tennis and OhShape. But Pico also sells an enterprise-focused version of the device, the Neo 3 Pro and Neo 3 Pro Eye, in Europe and the US.

Along with using the XR2 platform, the Neo 3 also features four camera-based inside-out tracking and comes with two motion controllers. On paper at least, the headset is very similar to the Quest 2.

Last year, TikTok owner ByteDance acquired Pico, only fueling rumors that a consumer expansion may be on the way and, last month, ByteDance announced a partnership with Qualcomm to work on XR headsets. A potential consumer release of the Neo 3 in the west could offer up some of the first real competition for the Quest 2 though, without knowing what the price of the product is nor when it might release, it’s best to keep expectations in check right now.

Pico Neo 3 Pro im Test: Alternative zur Meta Quest 2 oder Focus 3?

Heute haben wir die Pico Neo 3 Pro im Test. Es handelt sich um eine autarke VR-Brille, welche sich speziell an VR-Arcades und Unternehmen richtet. Vergleichbar also mit der HTC Vive Focus 3, welche für ähnliche Einsatzzwecke gedacht ist. Die Meta Quest 2 richtet sich zwar hauptsächlich an Konsumenten, jedoch wird sie uns in diesem Test hin und wieder als Vergleich auf technischer Ebene dienen und zudem bietet auch Meta seine Quest 2 für gewisse B2B-Lösungen an. Ich will mit diesem Test herausfinden, ob die Pico Neo 3 Pro eine Alternative zur Meta Quest oder Focus 3 ist.

Pico Neo 3 Pro

Die Neo 3 Pro ist eine besondere Auflage der Neo 3, welche in Asien auch für Heimanwender und Heimanwenderinnen angeboten wurde. Die Neo 3 Pro richtet sich speziell an Arcades und ist auch in einer Variante mit Eye-Tracking verfügbar. Wir haben die Version ohne Eye-Tracking über einen längeren Zeitraum testen können.

Quelle: Pico Interactive

Der Ausdruck 4K ist eventuell etwas missverständlich. Die Brille hat eine Auflösung von 3664 x 1920 Pixel und es kommen LCD-Panels zum Einsatz. Somit sollte die Brille auf Augenhöhe mit der Meta Quest 2 (Langzeittest) liegen.

Verarbeitung, Einrichtung und erster Eindruck

Die Pico Neo 3 Pro ist deutlich hochwertiger verarbeitet als die Pico Neo 3. Das Design ist Geschmackssache, jedoch könnten sich Schale und Button an der Brille besser anfühlen. Die Einrichtung geht schnell und einfach und es ist keine zusätzliche Smartphone-App nötig. Das Einzeichnen der Spielfläche funktioniert wie bei Quest und Focus und ist in wenigen Sekunden erledigt.

Den Komfort beim Tragen würde ich als deutlich höher als bei der Focus 3 oder Quest 2 einstufen. Alle Materialien die am Kopf anliegen sind aus Silikon oder einem ähnlichen Kunststoff und fühlen sich gut auf der Haut an. Zudem erlauben diese Materialien eine schnelle und einfache Reinigung. Besonders gut gefällt mir das elastische Band, welches über den Kopf geht. Dies hält die Brille deutlich besser und angenehmer als Stoffbänder.

Der Akku der Brille befindet sich am Hinterkopf und sorgt für eine gute Balance der Brille. Leider ist der Akku jedoch nicht wechselbar wie bei der Focus 3. Die Leistung des Akkus liegt mit 5300 mAh im Mittelfeld, jedoch ist dies nur eine Randnotiz, da alle Brillen ca. auf eine Laufzeit zwischen 2-3 Stunden kommen.

Bildeindruck und Performance

Der Bildeindruck der Pico Neo 3 Pro ist sehr ähnlich zum Bildeindruck der Meta Quest 2. Dies ist aber auch nicht weiter verwunderlich, da beide Hersteller auf sehr ähnliche Bauteile setzen. So finden bei beiden Brillen Panels mit der gleichen Auflösung Verwendung und auch das Field of View und der Sweetspot sind ähnlich. Dies ist absolut positiv zu betrachten, denn die Meta Quest 2 schafft einen sehr guten Bildeindruck bei voller Auflösung.

Das sichtbare Bild lässt die Struktur der Panels nur erahnen und die Reflexionen sind deutlich geringer als bei der Focus 3. Eine drahtloste Übertragung von Inhalten von einem PC ist mit der entsprechenden Software schnell und einfach möglich. Diese Funktion bietet die Konkurrenz aber ebenso in ähnlicher Qualität an.


Die Controller der Pico Neo 3 Pro werden akkurat getrackt und liegen gut in der Hand. Die Button und die Sticks fühlen sich hochwertig an und lassen sich gut bedienen. Die Controller liegen etwas schlechter in der Hand als die Controller der Quest 2 und sind mit ihrer Form eher vergleichbar mit den Controllern der HTC Vive Focus 3. Leider verzichtet Pico auf eine Möglichkeit der Aufladung per USB. Im privatem Umfeld ist dies kein Problem, verursacht aber etwas mehr Aufwand in einer VR-Arcade.


Die Pico Neo 3 Pro ist eine gute autarke VR-Brille mit speziellen Fokus auf VR-Arcades und weitere B2B-Bereiche. Die Software erhält regelmäßige Updates und es wird an vielen Funktionen gearbeitet, die den Betrieb in einer Arcade vereinfachen sollen. Da aber auch HTC und Meta ihre Produkte aktuell in rasender Geschwindigkeit weiterentwickeln, möchten wir diese unterschiedlichen Feinheiten nicht genauer betrachten bzw. gegeneinander aufwiegen. Hier entscheiden letztlich die Bedürfnisse der Locations, VR-Studios und Betreiber und Betreiberinnen.

Deutlicher fällt der Unterschied beim Preis aus. Während die Focus 3 stolze 1.404 Euro kostet, liegt die Neo 3 Pro mit knapp 700 Euro preislich ungefähr auf dem Niveau einer Meta Quest 2 for Business.

Eine Besonderheit die weder die Quest 2 noch die Focus 3 bieten, ist das optionale Eye-Tracking. Für einen Aufpreis von knapp 100 Euro kann man die Pico Neo 3 Pro als Variante mit integriertem Eye-Tracking erhalten. Leider konnte ich diese Version nicht testen und somit keine Aussage zur Genauigkeit oder dem Nutzen treffen. Generell sollte hiermit aber ein Foveated-Rendering möglich sein, welches kaum sichtbar ist, da es sich an der tatsächlichen Blickrichtung orientiert. Somit kann Performance eingespart und für mehr Details oder Effekte genutzt werden.

Eine weitere Besonderheit ist die Unterstützung einer direkten Ausgabe über den USB-C-Anschluss. Wenn ihr die Brille per DisplayPort-Adapter oder HDMI-Adapter an einen Fernseher anschließt, wird dort in hoher Qualität das gezeigte Bild wiedergegeben.


Die Pico Neo 3 Pro liegt technisch auf Augenhöhe mit der Meta Quest 2 und stellt eine echte Alternative für VR-Arcades zur Brille von Meta dar. Für Heimanwender und Heimanwenderinnen lohnt sich die Brille aktuell jedoch nicht, da der Store in Europa sehr begrenzt ist und nicht für den privaten Gebrauch gedacht ist.

Das Gesamtpaket der Neo 3 Pro gefällt mir besser als das Paket der Focus 3. Die Brille sitzt angenehmer, hat keinen deutlich hörbaren Ventilator und ist dennoch performant.

Nachteile der Neo 3 Pro im Vergleich zur Focus 3 sehe ich aktuell in den aufladbaren Controllern und dem wechselbaren Akku. Ob dies eine Rechtfertigung ist, den doppelten Preis zu bezahlen, muss je nach Anwendungsfall entschieden werden.

Letztendlich kann dieser Test zur Pico Neo 3 Pro nicht entscheiden, welche Brille ihr für eine Arcade wählen solltet, da dies von unzähligen Faktoren abhängig ist. Wenn ihr eine genauere Beratung benötigt, könnt ihr uns gerne über info@vrnerds.de kontaktieren.

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(Quelle der Bilder: Pico)

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Confirmed: TikTok Owner ByteDance Buying Pico VR

Last week’s rumors have been confirmed – TikTok owner ByteDance is set to acquire standalone VR headset maker, Pico.

CNBC reported the news (which was first confirmed by Chinese publication Nweon) noting that the financial details of the deal had not been disclosed. In a statement issued to the publication, ByteDance said that Pico’s “comprehensive suite of software and hardware technologies, as well as the talent and deep expertise of the team, will support both our entry to the VR space and long-term investment in this emerging field.”

Pico Acquisition Confirmed

There was not, however, any confirmation that ByteDance will be growing Pico’s business outside of the Chinese market. Currently the company sells its Pico Neo 3 standalone VR device as a consumer product with games in China, but only as an enterprise-focused ‘Pro’ device in North America and Europe. There’s also an upgraded eye-tracking model named Pico Neo 3 Eye sold to businesses too.

All the same, a company the size of ByteDance — which has seen huge success with TikTok — investing VR could present the first significant competition to Facebook’s Oculus Quest. Other companies like Sony, Valve and HTC all make great VR headsets, but they’re either tethered to more expensive machines like PCs and consoles, or exclusively sold to the enterprise market.

We haven’t tested the Neo 3 ourselves but its specs are very close to that of the Oculus Quest 2, and the headset even has some of the same games that feature on that device where it’s sold in China.

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