ByteDance’s Pico reveals its latest VR headset as it aims to compete with Meta Quest 2

subsidiary Pico has . The Pico 4 will initially be available in Japan, South Korea, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and eight other European countries. Pico hasn’t announced any US release plans yet, but plans to bring the device to Singapore and Malaysia by the end of the year, and China at a later date.

The headset – which features a Qualcomm XR2 processor, Adreno 650 GPU and 8GB of RAM – can be used as a standalone device. Pico claims the battery, which sits in the rear strap for balance, offers around three hours of use on a single charge Remarks. The device weighs 295 grams without the strap and 586 grams when attached.

You can also connect Pico 4 to a gaming PC for high-end VR experiences. This may be necessary to take full advantage of the dual displays, which offer higher-than-4K resolution at 4,320 x 2,160 for each eye. The displays have a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a field of view of 105 degrees

The Pico 4 uses inside-out tracking without the need for external beacons. It comes with Pico 4 motion controllers (with vibration capabilities) and four external cameras mention, that. According to the Pico website, the device will offer full-color passthrough – something Meta is working on for its Project Cambria headset.

A person wearing the Pico 4 virtual reality headset.

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Given that ByteDance also owns it, it should come as no surprise that there is a way to view videos from this app. You can also share VR experiences with TikTok. There will be hundreds more things to see in VR and 360 formats. Pico is working on bringing live sports and “avatar-based concerts” to the platform as well.

There are 165 of the games in the Pico Store and more are added every week. The headset supports, among other things Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom, Demeo, All-in-one Summer Sports VR and Just Dance VR (which will arrive in 2023 as a Pico exclusive). There will also be SteamVR support.

In the meantime, there are plans to launch a Metaverse-style experience called Pico Worlds next year. Unlike Meta, Pico’s avatars appear to have legs.

Considering the price and specs, Pico is trying to compete with Meta Quest 2 (Meta recently from this product). It remains to be seen whether the brand can keep up with Meta in terms of content. It is unlikely that users will be able to play beat saber, for example. Pico also unveiled its latest device just weeks before Meta will be showing off at least one VR headset, likely the higher-end Project Cambria model.

A Pico 4 with 128GB of storage costs €429 (around $422). A model with twice the storage capacity costs €499 (about $491). Pre-orders open next month and the headset will ship on October 18th. Pico will also release some accessories next year. A more accurate fitness tracker, a wireless dongle for PC connectivity, and a carrying case each cost €50 (or about $49).

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