3DoF is getting a new lease of life with two new enterprise headsets from Pico Interactive. The question we have to ask is: did Facebook drop Oculus Go too soon?
➨ With its 3DoF solution as a major selling point, the two new headsets also expand on features from existing G2 4K products, including 4K resolution, a 101° field of view and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR platform
➨ Retailing for $375 and available now, Pico G2 4K S offers storage of 128GB and a serviceable battery with a life of between two and five hours
➨ G2 4K Enterprise will be available in Q3 2020 and retail for $449. It is based on the original G2 4K headset but has been updated with a 16MP single RGB camera and 128GB of storage
Pico Interactive has added two new VR headsets to its Pico G2 4K line—and wasted no time in reminding potential customers that it is the only provider of a 3DoF solution for enterprise after the discontinuation of Oculus Go.
With its 3DoF solution as a major selling point, the two new headsets also expand on features from existing G2 4K products, including 4K resolution, a 101° field of view and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR platform.
Retailing for $375 and available now, Pico G2 4K S offers storage of 128GB and a serviceable battery with a life of between two and five hours.
Aiming this new headset directly at meeting and training use cases while taking a swipe at Facebook’s controversial decision to discontinue 3DoF leader Oculus Go, Henry Zhou, chief executive officer of Pico Interactive, said: “At Pico, we’re always innovating, evolving and seeking out feedback to improve our products.”
“As other companies have decided to discontinue sales of its 3DoF products that are still valued by the enterprise, we listened to their needs and are proud to continue to offer 3DoF solutions—along with our 6DoF Neo 2 line.”
“Businesses of all sizes looking for an immersive 4K experience have been relying on our G2 4K headset since its creation, and we’ve utilised feedback over the past year to create two upgraded headsets that we believe meets the needs of the most demanding of customers.”
G2 4K Enterprise will be available in Q3 2020 and retail for $449. It is based on the original G2 4K headset but has been updated with a 16MP single RGB camera and 128GB of storage, allowing for more applications to be downloaded onto the headset and for more robust programs to be created.
Again, Pico drives home the 3DoF unique selling point, arguing that between the 128GB storage and the SD card slot, G2 4K Enterprise has the largest storage of any 3DoF model on the market.
To boost the headset’s attraction for training, Pico has also built it with an easy-to-clean PU material that will enable a high standard of sanitation for multiple users.
Pico has already secured a potential customer base for G2 4K Enterprise by partnering with NuEyes during the development of the headset. NuEyes was looking for an improved camera and increased storage to better serve its customers with visual impairments.
Mark Greget, founder and chief executive officer of NuEyes, said: “At NuEyes, we are extremely passionate about helping the visually impaired in their daily lives by utilising smart glass technology. As we looked at various hardware partnerships in 2017 for our next iteration of product lines, Pico Interactive impressed us the most.”
“With thousands of consumers wearing our device for hours on end, we have been able to gather valuable consumer feedback. Based on that input, as well as once again partnering with the great team at Pico interactive, we are happy to release a newer product for the visually impaired.”
3DoF isn’t dead. Far from it, Pico is aiming to corner the enterprise market in headsets that are mobile, value for money and meet a particular set of needs.
And Pico isn’t alone in spotting demand for 3DoF. It recently partnered with Lenovo to develop Mirage VR S3, an all-in-one headset aimed at learning and training.
A version was initially developed for VR Classroom 2, with users reporting longer battery life and the ability to use while stationary as important requirements.
With Mirage VR S3 included in the Lenovo VR Classroom 2 education solution, learning and training look like key use cases for the new headset.
Lenovo also identified HR and sales training as other key areas of focus, with enterprise customers calling for a 3DoF device.
What do you think? Has 3DoF had its time, or do we need 6DoF devices such as Oculus Quest to fall in price before widespread adoption can ensue?
Main image: Pico G2 4K Enterprise and G2 4K S