ByteDance’s Pico Unveils 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 has yet to reveal US release plans, but it aims to bring the device to Singapore and Malaysia by the end of the year, and to 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 back strap to help maintain balance, provides about three hours of use on a single charge, like 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 screens, which offer better than 4K resolution at 4320 x 2160 resolution for each eye. The screens have a 90Hz refresh rate and a 105-degree field of view, according to

Pico 4 uses reverse tracking without the need for external beacons. It comes with Pico 4 motion controllers (which have vibration functions) and there are four external cameras, like points out. According to Pico’s website, the device will offer 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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Since ByteDance also has , it’s no surprise that there’s a way to watch videos from this app. You will also be able to share VR experiences on TikTok. There will be hundreds more to watch in VR and 360 formats. Pico is also working to bring live sports and “avatar-based concerts” to the platform.

As for games, there are 165 in the Pico store and more are being added every week. The headset will support the likes of Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom, Demeo, All-in-one VR summer sports and Just Dance VR (which will arrive in 2023 as a Pico exclusive). There will also be SteamVR support.

Meanwhile, 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, it’s Pico trying to compete with Meta Quest 2 (Meta recently of this product). Whether the brand can hold on to Meta on the content front remains to be seen. Users are unlikely to be able to play beat the saber, for example. Pico also unveiled its latest device just weeks before Meta is showcasing at least one VR headset, likely the high-end Project Cambria model.

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

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