So far, Meta controls the virtual reality market in almost its entirety, particularly thanks to the Meta Quest 2 and its ability to be used independently. However, there is one company that wants to give it a fight and it is none other than the mother company of TikTok.
ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, announced in an online presentation through its subsidiary Pico a new independent virtual reality headset called Pico 4. Like the Meta Quest, the Pico 4 can be used without cables or connected to any device, which implies a great mobility advantage. Outside of that, the helmet also has excellent specifications, such as 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage configurations. In addition, it weighs only 295 grams without the adjustable band or 586 with it on.
Other advantages that the Pico 4 has are a 5300 mAh battery, interpupillary adjustment for the lenses, integrated hi-fi speakers, 6 degrees of freedom of movement and HyperSense controls with vibrations that can range from 50 to 500 Hz.
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The Pico 4 will focus a lot on content viewing, so you will be able to share VR experiences to TikTok easily. In addition, there will also be a lot of games: at the moment, the Pico Store already has 165 games, but the headset will also be able to connect to SteamVR on your computer. Finally, the company is also thinking about the metaverse, as it also announced its own virtual universe called Pico Worlds.
The 128GB Pico 4 will cost €429 EUR (around $422 USD), while the 256GB one will cost €499 EUR (around $491 USD). The device will begin to be distributed on October 18 in several countries in Europe and Asia, although so far there is nothing confirmed for America. With these specifications and this price, it is evident that this headset was designed to compete directly with the Meta Quest 2, which by the way, has just gone up in price.