The Pi 3 is a nice upgrade, but the Vero 2 is still our flagship and is more suited for those that want the best of OSMC. The Vero 2 provides plenty of speed and should be faster than the Pi 3. The Pi 3 retains the same GPU as previous models, which means HEVC/H265 decoding must be done in software. While the new Pi will be able to play back more HEVC content than before, there will still be some content that it will struggle with.
The Vero 2 supports HEVC/H265 hardware accelerated decoding. Vero 2’s Android release will launch very shortly which will let you enjoy a number of Apps and we also have OSMC Cloud which will launch exclusively for Vero owners (all generations) in the Summer. We also provide long term support for the Vero with guaranteed performance and feature updates for three years and security updates for five years.
The Pi is a great low-cost, entry-level device to the world of OSMC, and always will be. And today there’s a little bit more bang for your buck!
If we decide a 64-bit version is beneficial and we decide to release one, you will need to perform a re-installation to get the best performance. You will however be able to stick with the Pi 2 image. It is easy to make an OSMC backup via My OSMC if you decide to move to the new image.
I will make an announcement on the blog if we do this.