TikTok company’s new VR headset competes with Meta on price

A man wearing a Pico 4 headset looks side to side sitting next to another man wearing a VR headset

The Pico 4 headset is the closest-priced and sufficiently powerful VR device to the Meta Quest 2 we’ve seen to date.
screenshot, pico/bytedance

meta is scared of tiktok Proud presence in the social media market, and now it looks like ByteDance, the company behind the app, is coming up with a headset that’s the closest we’ve seen to the Quest 2’s price, thanks to Meta’s stake in the Metaverse.

Bytedance’s VR subsidiary, Pico, introduced Pico 4 Thursday livestream in an English language that was equal parts cringe and surprising—mostly how much it sounds after the meta. The device will sell for $425 (€429) for the 128GB version and $492 (€499) for the 256GB version.

The big deal here, however, is that the device will only launch outside its home country in Japan, Korea, and 13 countries in Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. The Chinese market itself will be announced on September 27, and full pre-orders are due to start on October 18. ledge Noted that the headset may eventually appear in the US, depending on FCC Filing,

Pico 4 is powered by the octa-core, 2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, according to Product Specs Page, Considering the meta already contracted with Qualcomm for the custom chipset, it will be interesting to see how powerful this device will compare in future quests. Otherwise, the Pico 4 is boasting a beautiful 4,320 x 2,160 resolution (of course, 2,160 pixels per eye). The two 2.56-inch LCD screens boast a refresh rate between 72Hz and 90Hz.

The headband is just a single strap, but Pico is promoting that the weight of the device is balanced due to the 5300mAh battery sitting behind the head. The device’s controllers are also pretty interesting. The loops, used by the headset to track positioning, are angled in front of the palms rather than around or in front of the hands. The four buttons used in most modern games are shared between both controllers.

But Pico is also advertising you won’t have to use controllers for everything, as the device does have hand tracking capabilities. Of course, the company did not show off this feature in-action. The Quest 2 also has hand tracking.

Last year, ByteDance bought Pico for an undisclosed amount. Pico was ranked as one of the largest VR headset manufacturers. It was a deal that reflected the purchase of Facebook. oculus Back in 2014. Even then, we speculated that the TikTok owner might be setting itself up with a showdown against its rival in the social media space, and it appears that with its stated specifications and price point, the company is ready to make a comeback. a statement.

meta recently price jump $100 off both its 128GB and 256GB Quest 2 models, so the Pico 4 now sits comfortably against the $399 Quest headset.

But what can make a difference here is the software available for the device. Pico makes little mention of what games its system will support, but instead advertises proprietary sports programs and video content. Pico featured some upcoming games, including The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners Vengeance And Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom Like with other VR classics Horn, And the company promised that more VR games would come to the Pico Store over time.

It looks like Pico is going straight after Meta and its Metaverse with its “Avatar System.” Pico’s general manager, Leland Hedges, showed off his own rather dirty and plastic-looking avatar, but apparently this avatar would be used in many applications, including “Pico Worlds”, the company’s version of Meta’s Horizons. Worlds have their own answer. The company also claims its device’s ability to track facial muscles which will be reproduced on the player’s avatar.

“He really looks like me, doesn’t he,” Hedges said during the livestream in a very harsh and uncomfortable manner. Horizon Worlds recently Just. Been the part of many jokes for how bad it looksTo the extent that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to come out and tell everyone that his own avatar won’t look like a dead doll forever graphical update,

Pico is also snagging the Meta before the company announces its upcoming Meta Quest ProJoe Zuckerberg recently Told It was scheduled to appear during the annual Connect conference in October. We still don’t know what pricing model for the device was once dubbed Project Cambria, though some leaks have indicated it could cost more than $800, possibly replacing it with other mid- to mid-range models. – High level can be located around the headset. The Pico is also believed to be working on a Pro model that includes eye tracking, though we don’t know much about it at the moment.

But what should not go untold is that ByteDance is not the best company when it comes to people’s personal data. to a great extent surrounded by scandal This comes after internal audio leaked in recent months noted that user data could be viewed by Chinese government officials. All this proprietary focus on its internal stores makes it somewhat worrying.

At the same time, Patent The American company has already shown its potential plans to sell facial expressions and more to advertisers, filed by Meta and revealed by The Financial Times. It’s a shame that two major companies with long histories turn off user data They’re also trying to be the biggest player for devices that have the ability to track everything about our lives, including our movements.

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