Pico 4 Headset Teased Earlier Than Expected, Launch Date on September 2022
ByteDance’s virtual reality subsidiary Pico is planning to unveil its new Pico 4 headset next week. The company will host an online event on September 22 where it will reveal the headset.
The announcement of the reveal date was accompanied by the release of the headset’s first trailer which shows some of the well-known virtual reality games and fitness apps although the trailer doesn’t show the headset itself.
Pico posted the teaser in a LinkedIn post, promising a “new product announcement.” The teaser also showed a silhouette of the virtual reality headset.
The company did not divulge any additional information about the upcoming virtual reality headsets. However, there have been several leaks about the headset in the past few weeks. For instance, we now know that the device will be called Pico 4 or Pico Phoenix. The device will also be available in two configurations including a Pro version of the headset featuring face-tracking and eye-tracking functionality.
The headset will be powered by a Qualcomm processor and will run the Android Q operating system, according to information unearthed in an FCC filing which was first reported by the tech publication Protocol.
The Pico headset is designed with an inside-out RGB camera that provides a color video passthrough functionality for mixed reality experiences just like Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria/Meta Quest Pro headset which is scheduled to launch in October.
The upcoming Pico 4 headset will be smaller in size than the current Pico Neo 3 headset. It will also pack a higher resolution display along with clearer optics. The headset has an automatic hardware IPD adjustment that enables the wearer to adjust their interpupillary distance to achieve a more accurate and comfortable vision experience, according to information in a submission to Bluetooth SIG, initially reported by Protocol.
It appears ByteDance is positioning itself to challenge Meta’s dominance of the VR hardware market and the Pico 4 headset will be a Meta competitor, particularly for the current Quest 2 headset and the upcoming Meta Quest Pro. In the past few months, there have been efforts to pivot Pico from a VR hardware maker primarily focused on the enterprise market to a mass market consumer hardware focus. The company has even gone as far as making content deals and developing an internal studio organization that is primarily focused on virtual reality games and experiences.