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Pico Neo 3 vs Oculus Quest 2 Comparison: Which VR Headset is better for business use?

Pico Neo 3 vs Oculus Quest 2 Comparison: Which VR Headset is better for business use?

With the launch of the Pico Neo 3, many people are asking if the Pico Neo 3 is the best VR headset for business use. This article compares the pros and cons of the Pico Neo 3 and the Oculus Quest 2 VR Headsets.

In this article, we will go into more detail about the following points

  • Pros and Cons
  • Specifications
  • Design and comfort
  • Display
  • Tracking
  • Controllers
  • Streaming
  • Content
  • Initial Setup
  • Price
  • Conclusion

 

Pros of the Pico Neo 3 compared to Oculus Quest 2

Pico Neo 3 Oculus Quest 2
  • Better field of view
  • Ergonomic design
    and weight distribution
  • Made for Business Usage
    (no account needed)
  • Wireless streaming
  • More content
  • More precise tracking
  • Lighter
  • Cheaper

Cons of the Oculus Quest 2 compared to Pico Neo 3

Pico Neo 3 Oculus Quest 2
  • More expensive
  • Heavier
  • Less precise tracking
  • Facebook or
    Oculus for Business
    license needed
  • Worse field of view
  • Poor support

Specifications of the Pico Neo 3 and Oculus Quest 2

The specifications of both devices can be seen below.

Pico Neo 3 Oculus Quest 2
Display 4K 4K
Resolution 1.832 x 1.920  Pixel per eye 1.832 x 1.920 Pixel per eye
Refresh rate 72/90 Hz 60/72/90 Hz
Field of view 98° 89°
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
Weight 395 grams (without band), 620 grams (in total) 516 grams
Storage (ROM) 256 GB 64 GB /256 GB
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
Tracking Inside-Out 6DoF with 4 integrated cameras Inside-Out 6DoF with 4 integrated cameras
Battery 2,5 h 2- 3h
Price 599 € 349 € (64 GB)
449 € (256 GB)

Design and Comfort

Apart from the color not much has changed in the design of the Quest 2. The Oculus Quest 2 still has an elastic band that holds the headset in place. The design of the strap offers ease and comfort for all users and it can easily be adjusted and combined with other Oculus accessories. For more comfort, Oculus also offers “Elite Straps”. However, there has been an issue with skin irritation from these straps, Oculus is currently reviewing this issue.

VR Expert Quest 1 and 2

In terms of ergonomics, the Oculus Quest 2 has been ergonomically built and easily fits over your face. One downside of the design of the Oculus Quest 2 is that it has all of its weight on the front of your face, this can lead to discomfort after extended use.

The Neo 3 offers a good weight distribution

Looking at the Pico Neo 3, it has undergone some design upgrades in large part due to the addition of two external cameras giving the device a more rounded shape compared to its predecessor.  

Pico Neo 3 Front

 

In terms of the device’s ergonomics, Pico has continued, like with other headsets, to focus on weight distribution. Just like the Pico Neo 2, the Pico Neo 3 has an even balanced weight distribution thanks to the battery on the back of the headset, making the headset easy to use for extended periods of time. The headset also uses a gearwheel system allowing the headset to be adjusted exactly to the users preferences.

VR Expert Pico Neo 3 Gearwheel

The Pico Neo 3 headset comes with a replaceable 3D PU face pad with anti-fouling coating that can be easily cleaned and disinfected

With a weight of 395 grams (without band) and 620 grams (in total), the Pico Neo 3 is heavier overall than the Oculus variant which weighs 520 grams. However, because of the even weight distribution the Pico Neo 3 is more comfortable to wear.

Display

The display of the Oculus Quest 2 offers a 4K-resolution of 1.832 by 1.920 pixels per eye. It supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz and has an 89° field of view.

The 4K display of the Pico Neo 3 also offers a resolution of 1.832 x 1.920 pixels per eye and supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz, just like the Oculus Quest 2. 

The biggest difference in the devices is the Pico Neo 3’s larger field of view. The Neo 3 has a 98° FOV compared to the 89° of the Oculus Quest 2. The Field of view is of critical importance to the realism of the VR experience as it allows users to see more of the virtual world at once. The larger field of view of the Pico Neo 3 with its high resolution and refresh rate make it more immersive than the Oculus Quest 2.

Pico Neo 3 Oculus Quest 2
Resolution 1832×1920 per eye 1832×1920 per eye
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 90 Hz
Field of View 98° 89°

Tracking 

Both headsets use inside-out tracking systems with 4 integrated cameras. The Oculus Quest 2’s positional tracking is smooth and fast, able to track inside even the biggest of Guardians up to 8x8m. 

Regarding the controllers, they are also excellent, without much filter or lag. There is one downside to this type of tracking which is that the controllers can fail to be tracked when out of the FOV of the 4 external cameras. The headset can also have trouble tracking the controllers when they are brought too close to the headset.

VR Expert Quest 2 action

The Pico Neo 3 with its 4 cameras has seen a massive improvement in its positional tracking. Now it can manage and track in areas of up to 10x10m and although not yet as crisp as the Oculus Quest 2, it is getting closer.

Regarding the controllers of the Pico Neo 3, it is also improved with its new optical tracking over the previous versions electromagnetic tracking. The tracking is smoother and faster, the only drawback is that it now has more trouble tracking the controllers when they fall out of the FOV of the external cameras, one of the main advantages of the Pico Neo 2.

Both headsets can be used in low light situations without severe issues, however, it is not recommended for the best possible performance.

Controllers

The Oculus Quest 2 comes with new third-generation touch controllers. Overall, they appear a little larger and, like the first-generation touch controllers, offer a place to rest your thumb. The new controllers use AA batteries, giving them excellent battery life. Their weight is 150 grams each (including the battery) and the haptic elements have been revised and improved, the vibration feedback is finer and more sensible. 

Oculus Quest 2 Controllers

However, one of the downsides to this controller is that the controllers aren’t very intuitive, especially if you are new to VR. Many new users find it difficult to keep their fingers in the right places and press the right keys.

VR Expert Pico Neo 3 Controllers

 

Pico offers improved accuracy and latency with the introduction of two new 6DoF controllers that use 32 optical tracking sensors for complex environmental positioning. They look very similar to the Oculus Quest 2 touch controllers. Haptic feedback is also supported by the Neo 3 controllers and although it is a big switch from the Pico Neo 2 controllers, the Neo 3 controllers feel more natural in the user’s hands. The controllers are also easier for users switching over from Oculus due to the design.

Streaming 

Both devices offer wired streaming capabilities. For wired streaming, Oculus offers the Oculus Link which remains one of the most effective solutions, while Pico offers wired streaming via a special DisplayPort and cable. Both headsets can stream PC VR content with 4K resolution and 90 Hertz refresh rate.

While Oculus is close to releasing its Air Link software, it is still currently unavailable meaning Oculus has no official wireless streaming capabilities. It is possible to do this, however, these must be done with unofficial wireless solutions like Virtual Desktop and Riftcat to name a few. These solutions can work well, however it is very dependent on your network strength.

Pico Neo 3 Streaming

The Pico Neo 3 does support wireless streaming, allowing the headset to be used without cables, which makes the experience even better. What is great about the system is that it is easy to set up. Users only need to open the Pico Streaming Assistant application on a computer, followed by opening the application on the headset itself. From there it is a few clicks to finalise the setup and you are up and running with full access to SteamVR. The Pico Neo 3’s improved performance and setup means almost all applications can be run on the headset.

The solution does have its issues, a powerful PC and Wi-Fi network is needed and although the latency is more stable than the unofficial Oculus solutions it can be noticed by the trained eye. However, in the correct circumstances the streaming on the Pico Neo 3 can be more than ideal.

Content

In terms of content, the consumer focused Oculus Quest 2 has a far larger library of content to choose from. The Pico Neo 3 has access to the Pico Store and VivePort, however this is still far more limited.

VR Expert Oculus Home

It must be said Pico is busy increasing the content available on its Pico store however, the device remains focused on the enterprise market, so applications such as Beat Saber, although fun, are irrelevant to many business clients.

Initial Setup

Both headsets are easy to set up, both with clear instructions and steps to follow. One added benefit of Oculus is that the setup can be done using the Oculus companion app, because it is consumer focused it is clear to see how thorough they have been in perfecting the setup process.

VR Expert Quest 2 Guardian

The Oculus has two major drawbacks in its setup. The first issue is that to use the Oculus VR-Headset you need to log in with a Facebook-account. For business users this can be a huge problem because you need unique accounts for every single Quest 2. This is also an issue a lot of people don’t like because Facebook is collecting and sharing the users data while using the Oculus device.

The second drawback is that on the first time setup the Oculus headset will automatically do firmware updates, this means that you may have to wait an extended period of time before being able to use the device.

VR Expert Quest Guardian

With the Pico Neo 3, users are able to follow the set up procedure and get into the device directly without making an account. If users would like to create an account this can be done during setup or at a later period, the same can be done for the firmware updates.

Comparison of the Pico Neo 3 and Oculus Quest 2 Price

The Oculus Quest 2 is available in two versions with either 64 or 256 GB of internal storage. The first variant costs 349 euros, the second variant 449 euros. Some businesses may opt for the business version of the Oculus Quest 2, to remove the need for a Facebook account; however, this comes at a hefty price of 799 dollars and a recurring fee every year.

The Pico Neo 3 costs 599 Euros. This makes the Pico Neo 3 more expensive than the Quest 2 without a business license. However, for organisations who need to get around the issue of Facebook accounts, the Pico is significantly better priced. 

Conclusion

Oculus and Pico have developed two impressive products, both of which perform superbly in many different areas. The headsets both have very similar designs, controllers and share similar performance specifications. 

VR Expert Pico Neo 3 and Oculus Quest 2

The Oculus Quest 2 still leads the way in terms of its tracking precision, controller accuracy and the content available on the device.

The Pico Neo 3 provides better streaming capabilities, a more comfortable design and more immersive VR experience due to its wider field of view.

What tips the scales in the Pico Neo 3’s direction over the Oculus Quest 2 is the need for a Facebook account unless using the Enterprise Version, where an Oculus Business license is still needed. For Enterprise usage this is a major red flag and hampers the Quest 2’s ability to be easily accessible to the enterprise market.

The Pico Neo 3 is therefore the better VR headset for business use compared to the Oculus Quest 2.

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