Last Thursday, during its 2022 product announcement live stream, Pico revealed a new virtual reality (VR) headset, a Metaverse platform, and enterprise products. Alongside the new Pico 4 VR headset debut, Bytedance introduced Project Pico Worlds, a Metaverse platform and direct competitor to Meta’s Horizon Worlds for Meta Quest [Pro]. Bytedance will launch its Metaverse service on the upcoming Pico 4 and Neo 3 VR headsets in 2023.
Bytedance has not set a global release date for the Pico 4 Headset, but resellers list the 128 GB and 256 GB models for £379 and £449, respectively. The device contains top-of-line immersive specs, including a 105-degree field of view, colour pass through mixed reality (MR) options, 4K+ Super-Vision Display of 4320 x 2160 pixels, and haptics.
Project Pico Worlds Bytedance is designing Pico Worlds as a user-generated-content (UGC) driven Metaverse service which enables individuals to build their own VR worlds and assets. In the announcement video, Pico noted that users could create a vast range of real-time 3D (RT3D) content, from houses to small cities or cars to rockets. The service also supports full-body avatars for immersive social spaces where users can interact with others and participate in online VR activities. The Pico 4 headset contains technology that boosts online socialisation with a SLAM infrared optical positioning system and a PICO motion tracker for accurate body tracking and gesture simulation.