The VR industry is slowly picking up steam. A new PlayStation VR2 is coming next year, Facebook will be releasing another VR headset codenamed Project Cambria, and rumours have it that Apple is planning to release their VR as well. Currently, there are varieties of VR headsets to choose from, such as Meta Quest 2, Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2, and many other lesser known brands. And now we have a new competitor seeking to enter this competitive market.
The Verge reported that PICO, a subsidiary of ByteDance, the company that also owns TikTok, has unveiled their latest VR headset for consumers. The PICO 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip with 8GB of RAM, and has a resolution of 2,160 x 2,160 pixels per eye. It comes in two storage sizes, 128GB and 256GB.
There’s a 5,300mAh battery that provides three hours of use included in the rear strap of the headset to keep it balanced and it supports 20W fast charging.
The VR headset support 72Hz and 90Hz refresh rate. It has pancake lens that support 105-degree field of view and for audio, it has and integrated high fidelity speaker and dual microphones.
For connectivity, the PICO 4 supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The headset weighs 295 grams without the strap and 586 grams with it. It can be used as a standalone device or you can connect it to a PC to play games that requires more processing power.
Of course, since PICO is owned by ByteDance, there will be TikTok integration with the headset. You can watch short videos on the headset by linking your TikTok account to the PICO video app.
PICO will be releasing the VR headset in Japan, Korea, and 13 European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy starting October 2022. The company said it will be bringing the PICO 4 to Malaysia and Singapore later this year.
The starting price of the headset will be €429 (RM1,927) for the 128GB model and €499 (RM2,241) for the 256GB model.
The company has previously released three consumer VR headsets, and they seek to compete with Meta Quest 2, which has almost similar specs to PICO 4. The company is also planning to release a more expensive version of PICO 4 that has eye-tracking cameras, and it will be known as the PICO 4 Pro in China and PICO 4 Enterprise everywhere else.