In this comparison, we will go through:
One of the differences between the Pro and the Link is that Pico Neo 3 Pro enables sideloading of APK files. These are Android Package Kit (or Android Application Package) files where enterprises can program and install original files onto the Neo 3 Pro. Practically, these can be added security and privacy systems or compatibility with a company’s existing IT systems.
Where Pico Neo 3 Pro features sideloading APK files, the Link offers an App Store with virtual reality gaming content. A difference illustrating the Link is for consumers and the Neo 3 Pro for enterprises. The same app store is not available on the Neo 3 Pro.
Neo 3 Link features a DisplayPort via USB-C, living up to its name of “Link”. The Link cable allows for users to access SteamVR, allowing the Pico headset to be used as a PC-VR device with over 4000 games. The Neo 3 Pro can also be bought with a DP Cable, but this has the focus of enabling content to be easily shared on an external monitor for others to see. This allows you to draw conference attendees to your stand, acting as an audience magnet. Or, aiding presentational and collaborative VR in R&D purposes.
Both headsets feature inside-out tracking of both controllers. Although, the Link’s video passthrough via its tracking cameras enables a convenient connection with the outer world. Effectively, this translates to ease of communication and collaboration between the VR wearer and colleagues.
Neo 3 Link has a lower entry price, with € 449,00 incl. 21% BTW, where Neo 3 Pro costs €599,- excl. VAT.
Overall, the Pico Neo 3 Pro and Neo 3 link have only 1 key difference. The Neo 3 Pro is made for business and allows for more custom applications to be used on the device, while the Pico Neo 3 Link is made for consumers and comes with a large array of content and easy access to the SteamVR store.