VR headset prices range from just a few dollars for cardboard ones used with your smartphone to close to a thousand dollars for the most advanced models. The large price differences are because some models rely on your smartphone, while others leverage your computer’s processing processor, and the rest include all the electronics and display needed to work without external hardware. Companies started to launch Android All-in-One VR headset last year, but they were either rather expensive, or not quite good enough for anything except watching videos. Pico may have found the right balance between performance and price with their Goblin Virtual Reality Headset with a 5.5″ display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor couple with 3GB of RAM, and a $249 price tag.
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (or 821?) CPU
- System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4-1866 RAM
- Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.1 flash + micro SD card up to 128 GB
- Display – 5.5″ TFT LCD display with 2560×1440 resolution @ 70 Hz; 92 degrees field of view (FoV)
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack for stereo headphones, mono speaker
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz only), and Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
- Battery – 3,500 mAh battery good for about 2 hours and half gaming
- Dimensions & Weight – TBD
A motion sensor with with 3 degrees of freedom motion tracking is also included with the headset. The specifications are not quite complete, as the company did not mention any information about the lenses, IPD adjustment or weight.
There’s not a single mention of “android” or “operating system” either on the company’s website, but it’s most certainly running some version of Android like Nibiru. It’s also unclear whether Google DayDream is supported.
Pico claims 50 games will be supported at launch, and you’ll get 5 premium games when you purchase the headset. As mentioned in the introduction the price is $249 for a limited time after which it will cost $269, and includes worldwide shipping. You may find a few more details, and the Buy link on Pico Goblin’s product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.