ByteDance’s Pico reveals its newest VR headset because it goals to compete with Meta Quest 2


subsidiary Pico has . The Pico 4 will initially be obtainable in Japan, South Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and eight different European international locations. Pico hasn’t revealed US launch plans as but, however it goals to convey the machine to Singapore and Malaysia by the top of the yr, and China at a later date.

The headset — which has a Qualcomm XR2 processor, an Adreno 650 GPU and 8GB of RAM — can be utilized as a standalone machine. Pico claims the battery, which is within the rear strap to assist maintain issues balanced, provides round three hours of use on a single cost, as notes. The machine weighs 295 grams with out the strap and 586 grams when it is connected.

You may as well join Pico 4 to a gaming PC for higher-end VR experiences. That could be essential to make full use of the twin shows, which provide greater than 4K decision at 4,320 x 2,160 decision for every eye. The shows have a 90Hz refresh fee and 105-degree area of view, in accordance with   

The Pico 4 makes use of inside-out monitoring without having for exterior beacons. It comes with Pico 4 movement controllers (which have vibration options) and there are 4 exterior cameras, as factors out. In accordance with the Pico web site, the machine will provide full-color passthrough — one thing Meta is engaged on for its Mission Cambria headset. 


Provided that ByteDance additionally owns , it should not be shocking that there is a option to view movies from that app. You can share VR experiences to TikTok as properly. There might be lots of extra issues to look at in VR and 360 codecs. Pico is working to convey reside sports activities and “avatar-based live shows” to the platform as properly. 

As for video games, there are 165 of them within the Pico retailer and extra being added every week. The headset will assist the likes of Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom, Demeo, , All-in-One Summer season Sports activities VR and Simply Dance VR (which can arrive in 2023 as a Pico unique). There may even be SteamVR assist.

In the meantime, there are plans to launch a metaverse-style expertise known as Pico Worlds subsequent yr. In contrast to in Meta’s , Pico’s avatars seem to have legs.

Contemplating the value and specs, it is Pico is attempting to compete with Meta Quest 2 (Meta not too long ago of that product). Whether or not the model can hold with Meta on the content material entrance stays to be seen. Customers are unlikely to have the ability to play Beat Saber, as an example. Pico additionally revealed its newest machine only a few weeks earlier than Meta will showcase not less than one VR headset, prone to be the higher-end Mission Cambria mannequin, .

A Pico 4 with 128GB of storage prices €429 (round $422). A mannequin with double the storage capability will run you €499 (roughly $491). Preorders open subsequent month and the headset will ship on October 18th. Pico additionally to launch some equipment subsequent yr. A extra correct health tracker, a wi-fi dongle for PC connectivity and a carrying case will every value €50 (or round $49).

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