TikTok’s new VR headset competes with Meta on price

A man wearing a Pico 4 headset sitting next to another man wearing virtual reality glasses

The Pico 4 headset is the closest, most powerful virtual reality device to the Meta Quest 2 we’ve seen so far.
screenshot: Pico / Bite Dance

Meta is terrified of TikTok Tyranny Being in the social media market, and now it looks like the company behind the app, ByteDance, will be getting Meta’s own stake in the Metaverse with a headset that’s closest to the price of the Quest 2.

Bytedance’s Pico in VR inserted Thursday’s English live stream Pico 4 was equal parts embarrassing and surprising – mostly because of how much it seems to be going after the Meta. The device will sell for $425 (€429) for the 128GB version and $492 (€499) for the 256GB version.

But the important thing here is that the device will only be launched outside its home country in Japan, Korea and 13 countries in Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The Chinese market will get its own announcement on September 27, and full pre-orders are set to begin on October 18. the edge Note that the headset may appear in the US eventually, depending on FCC filings.

The Pico 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor clocked at 2.84GHz, according to Products specification page. Given that Meta has already contracted Qualcomm for custom chips, it will be interesting to see how powerful this device is compared to future missions. Other than that, the Pico 4 has a resolution of 4,320 x 2160 (of course, 2160 pixels per eye). The two 2.56-inch LCD screens have 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 Purchased Pico for an undisclosed amount. Pico is ranked as one of the largest VR headset makers. It was a deal that Facebook reversed when buying it skylight Back in 2014. Even then, we expected the TikTok owner to have set himself up against his rival in the social media space, and it seemed that with the stated specs and price point, the company was ready to make a statement.

recently dead price shocked Both the 128GB and 256GB Quest 2 models add $100, so the Pico 4 now comfortably settles for $399 for the Quest headset.

But what might make the difference here is the software available for the device. Pico does not say which games its system will support, but instead advertises sports programs and special video content. Biko showcased some upcoming games, including The Walking Dead: Retribution for Saints and Sinners And the Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom Along with other VR classics like trumpet, The company promised to bring more virtual reality games to the Pico Store over time.

It appears that Pico is going after the Meta and its metaverse directly with its “avatar system”. Leland Hedges, Pico’s general manager, showed off his emaciated and plastic avatar, but it appears that this avatar will be used in multiple applications, including “Pico Worlds,” the company’s own answer to Meta’s Horizon Worlds. The company also prides itself on the ability of its devices to track which facial muscles will be cloned on player avatars.

“He really does look like me, doesn’t he,” Hedges said during the live broadcast in a very harsh and uncomfortable manner. Horizon Worlds has only recently become the subject of many jokes how bad looksSo much so, that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to come out and tell everyone his selfie wouldn’t look like a forever dead doll after long enough. Graphical updates.

Pico is also sniping the Meta before the company announces its next date MetaQuest ProWhich Zuckerberg recently He said It was revealed in October during the annual Connect conference. We still don’t know what kind of pricing model for the device was previously called Project Cambria, though some leaks have hinted that it could cost more than $800 and likely be positioned around other mid- to high-end headphones. The Pico is also supposed to work on a Pro model that includes eye tracking, although we don’t know much about it at this point.

But what should not be mentioned is that ByteDance is not the best company out there when it comes to people’s private data. It has been surrounded by scandal In recent months after a leaked internal voice suggested that Chinese government officials could see user data. All of this ownership’s focus on its in-house store makes it somewhat worrisome.

At the same time, Patents Presented by Meta and revealed by the Financial Times, it has already shown the US company’s potential plans to sell facial expressions and more to advertisers. It’s a shame that two big companies have such a long history subject to user data They are also trying to be the biggest players in the devices that have the ability to track everything else in our lives, including our movements.