news hardware If TikTok does this, Mark Zuckerberg should win his bet
By buying Pico in August 2021 for just over a billion euros, ByteDance, the parent company behind the famous social network TikTok, has set foot in a universe hitherto outrageously dominated by Meta (Facebook) and this is not necessarily bad thing for Mark Zuckerberg. and the equipment of him.
It is well understood, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and president of the Meta group, has a very precise idea of what he wants for our future.
Faced, like all of us, with isolation and closure during the Covid period, the one who invested in virtual reality in 2014 by buying the Oculus company for a small 2 billion dollarsintends to develop, and impose, his concept of Metaverse against all odds, and despite the fact that he has lost more than half of his fortune in less than a year, the head of Facebook-Meta is a man of conviction and will go to the end of your idea.
The Metaverse, for those who have spent the last 3 years in hibernation, is that virtual world of a not too distant future where we can all evolve, walk, go to work, attend meetings, watch movies with friends or even meet people, without leave home, simply with a virtual reality headset on your head.
Creepy to some, brilliant to others, the concept inevitably divides, but it seems to attract large industrialists and large companies that see it as a way to maintain some productivity in the event of a new pandemic or disaster.
Suddenly everyone is starting to get interested in VR/AR (virtual/augmented reality) because we feel there are opportunities to be seized. This is particularly the case for Apple, which will very soon (finally!) lift the veil on its first device (helmet? glasses?), even if it should initially be aimed at professionals or very wealthy people.
Relatively only in the market for autonomous helmets, light, practical, affordable, etc. Meta, with its Meta Quest 2 is about to release very soon a Meta Quest Pro which is also the subject of all speculation. But meanwhile, a new challenger knocks on the door…
By buying Pico last year, ByteDance got a well-known VR specialist in Asia, but very little here.
The Pico 4, which succeeds the Neo 3 Link, is a frontal attack on Meta Quest 2 with an identical concept, very similar technical specifications and a very slightly lower price.
Pico 4 VR Headset Features :
- Dual 2160 x 2160 LCD per eye
- 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip
- 8GB LPDRR4X RAM
- 128 or 256 GB of storage
- Battery: 5300 maH (approximately 3 hours of autonomy)
- Weight: 295 grams (586 grams with strap)
- Price: 429 euros (128 GB) or 499 (256 GB)
- Availability: October 18
Like the Meta Quest 2, the Pico 4 is a standalone headset, meaning it can work without a PC.. However, it will be possible to connect it to a computer to benefit from more power in certain games.
Regarding the catalog the store already contains 165 games and Pico intends to develop its own Metaverse with Pico Worldsa world where you can evolve thanks to your avatar, which will have many legs!
Soon, Pico should also release a second headset, the Pico 4 Pro or Pico 4 Enterprise (depending on market), the answer to Meta Quest Pro (Project Cambria), Meta’s future high-end VR headset to be given to know. next October 11.