Last week, we were able to discover more information about next pico headphone Thanks to the FCC refrigerators for “Pico 4” Spotted by Yanko Rutgers. Since I am very interested in what Pico is doing, when I reported the news in my weekly report, I asked any of you in the community to send me any information you could have on the subject. And today, well, the magic happened, and someone emailed me Two exclusive pictures of the controls of the headset! I love this community.
So let me share with you everything I know right now about the Pico 4 and its consoles!
4 pico video controller
This article comes with the usual wall of typical text for The Ghost Howls, but if you’re not in the mood to read, You can also watch a video I just made on the topic:
Since the acquisition of Bytedance, Pico is trying to become Meta’s most dangerous competitor in the consumer VR market. Initially, in Laval Virtual, the company announced the Pico Neo 3 Link, which is the consumer version of the Pico Neo 3 Pro, which is essentially a copy of the Quest 2. During the company’s announcement Joking that a new headphone is coming By offering a discount on new Pico headphones to all Neo 3 Link owners.
We didn’t have any information about this new headset until Janko Roettgers last week found an FCC dossier on the “Pico 4” and “Pico 4 Pro”. The file includes an interesting picture of the headset lenses and some diagrams. From the picture, it is possible to see that The headset is smaller than the Quest 2 and similar devices. In addition to, Lenses are definitely not Fresnel We hope to be made For a larger field of view Of those on the Pico Neo 3, but Pie headphones usually have FOV issues, so I’m hoping for something on a 100-degree football field. We can also find out Built-in Speakers on the side of the device.
From the plans included in the document, we can also understand that The headset is quite thin, so the lenses are definitely pasty. There is also a mention Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennasbut these are the standard features of a standalone device, so you won’t be surprised.
According to the documentation, the device comes from the Goertek factory, like almost all popular headphones. It should be running Android Q, And it has two identical copies except for the fact that The ‘Pro’ version comes with an additional feature for eye tracking and face tracking.
This headset looks like a potential competitor to the Cambriaeven if a few options make it look a little different than the Cambria: First of all, it’s white, then It comes in two versions, only one with eye and face tracking. According to rumors, the Cambria will only come one way, it will feature eye and face tracking, and it will be very expensive (latest rumor Brad Lynch Talking about 1500 dollars). If Pico creates two copies, It could have a cheaper price tag to compete with the Quest, and a more expensive one that features eye and face tracking to compete with the Cambria. This could be a very smart strategy to compete with the Meta in all aspects. This is just my guess, so don’t take it for granted.
4 pico control arms
So, let’s now move on to the cool thing about this article: Two very nice pictures of the Pico 4 controllers.
Considering the quality of the images, they look like futuristic promotional images of the device or internal display images that were leaked by someone who had access to them.
This is what I was able to understand from these photos:
- Pico doesn’t try to follow tracked consoles from the inside out like the Meta. These controllers have tracking loops and they definitely look “inspired” by other devices with more rounded designs, like the PSVR2
- The control scheme is the usual scheme: One index trigger, one grip trigger, one thumb stick, two enter buttons, and one menu button. But this device, just like previous Pico models, It also has an additional system button. From the image of the camera on it, it is clear that this additional button is Shortcut for taking screenshots in VR
- The controllers have a shape reminiscent of a touch controller. Previous Pico consoles were more like sticks, while This figure looks more balanced
- Tracking ring is not like touch controllers, It is more tilted, and this also contributes to making the console more balanced Because the ring applies its weight only to the front of the console
- The controllers have a very precise design. She’s incredibly elegant, and this is a huge step forward for how Beko cares about beauty
In the first picture, behind the controllers is the Pico logo and some graffiti. I tried to improve the picture, but the only thing I got was that tThe last line is the address of Pico’s websitewhile the other three are unreadable.
Looking at these photos, there are two things I found very interesting.
The first is that Biko is not trying to clone Cambria. Headphones and consoles are nothing like what we know about the Cambria. As for consoles, the Pico seems to have been inspired by other hardware. This is interesting, considering that the Neo 3 was very similar to Quest 2. We don’t know if you want to use camera tracking controllers. It was a strategic choice, or due to the fact that Pico does not have the technology internally To perform inside-out tracking of controllers. Also, the fact that it has two SKUs shows a different strategy than the Meta.
The second is the fact that The consoles have a very polished design. I’ve never seen Pico consoles so elegant. And the This makes me think the headset would also be very stylish. This is important not only because, as an Italian, I care about design, but because I am This means that Bytedance wants to offer highly polished products. Pico, coming from the business world, has always been very practical, but now it seems so She wants to offer products that are also great to wear. This is great for us as consumers, and less important for Meta containing Now a reliable competitor. I am very fascinated by Pico 4 and what it might mean for our ecosystem.
I am now curious to find out what this headset would be like. If some other community members want to share something with me, please find my contact information here. If you instead want to say something about this exciting news about the Pico 4, feel free to comment here below or on my social media posts.
And please, Also don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter To get great information about XR directly in your email inbox!
Disclaimer: This blog contains sponsored and affiliate links to maintain itself. If I click on the referral link, I will be very happy that I will earn a small commission on the purchase. You can find my boring full disclosure here.