Pico, The Next VR Headset from ByteDance, Seeks to Compete with Meta Quest 2.

Pico, The Next VR Headset from ByteDance, Seeks to Compete with Meta Quest 2.

Pico, a subsidiary of ByteDance, has introduced its newest virtual reality headgear. The Pico 4 will be accessible in Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and eight other European nations at first. Pico has not yet announced plans for a US release, but it hopes to deliver the gadget to Singapore and Malaysia by the end of the year, and China later.

The headgear, which features a Qualcomm XR2 CPU, an Adreno 650 GPU, and 8GB of RAM, may be utilized independently. According to The Verge, Pico claims the battery, which is located in the back strap to help keep everything balanced, provides roughly three hours of use on a single charge. The gadget is 295 grams without the strap and 586 grams with it.

Pico 4 may also be connected to a gaming PC for enhanced VR experiences. This may be required to fully utilize the twin screens, which give higher-than-4K resolution (4,320 x 2,160 resolution for each eye). According to Pocket-lint, the screens feature a refresh rate of 90Hz and a field of vision of 105 degrees.

The Pico 4 employs inside-out tracking, eliminating the need for external beacons. According to Road to VR, it comes with Pico 4 motion controllers (with vibration functions) and four external cameras. The Pico website claims that the device will support full-color passthrough, which Meta is working on for its Project Cambria headset.

Given that ByteDance also controls TikTok, it's not surprise that videos from that app may be seen. You will also be able to share VR experiences on TikTok. Hundreds of new things will be available to watch in VR and 360 formats. Pico is also working on bringing live sports and "avatar-based concerts" to the site.

There are 165 games in the Pico shop, with more being uploaded every week. Peaky Blinders: The King's Ransom, Demeo, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, All-in-One Summer Sports VR, and Just Dance VR will all be supported by the headset (which will arrive in 2023 as a Pico exclusive). SteamVR support will also be available.

Meanwhile, Pico Worlds, a metaverse-style experience, is set to arrive next year. Pico's avatars look to have legs, unlike Meta's Horizon Worlds avatars.

Pico is attempting to compete with Meta Quest 2 in terms of pricing and specifications (Meta recently bumped up the price of that product). It remains to be seen whether the brand can compete with Meta in terms of content. Users are unlikely to be able to play games like Beat Saber. Pico also unveiled its latest gadget only a few weeks before Meta will unveil at least one VR headset at Connect, most likely the higher-end Project Cambria model.

A Pico 4 with 128GB storage costs €429 (about $422). A device with double the storage space costs €499 (about $491). Preorders will begin next month, with the headset shipping on October 18th. Pico also intends to launch certain accessories next year. A more precise activity tracker, a wireless dongle for PC access, and a carrying bag will all set you back €50 (about $49).

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