After months of rumors and leaks, ByteDance-owned XR brand Pico has finally unveiled its latest VR headsets, including the high-end Pico 4 Pro.
From Project Cambria to Oculus Quest 2 from Pico 4, the Pico 4 Pro model promises developers, businesses and regular users a premium VR experience that surpasses anything Pico currently offers (opens in new tab).
According to Pico, the Pico 4 Pro VR headset (which looks a lot like the Pico 4) will deliver on its high-end experience promise by using upgraded specs over its base model. Chief among these improvements are the three infrared cameras in the headset, which can follow your eye movements.
Just as we saw in our experience using PlayStation VR 2 to play Horizon Call of the Mountain, eye tracking can help make VR experiences feel a lot more immersive – as NPCs can react to where you’re looking and even make eye contact with you can produce .
Developers making games for the Pico 4 and PlayStation VR 2 (as well as Project Cambria, which the meta says will also use eye-tracking) can also use eye-tracking to facilitate foveated rendering, which should allow for more immersive games without to be more powerful (and heavier) hardware.
As the developers of Moss: Book 2 explained to us, this works by reducing the processing power consumed by parts of the world the player isn’t looking at – either blurred or not rendered at all – and concentrating it on those areas who do this players are watching. If done correctly, the player won’t notice it at all, except that the world is much more detailed and expansive than traditional VR games.
Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little longer before we get our hands on the Pico 4 Pro (assuming it even launches in the UK, US and Australia after the base model snubbed the latter two).
Pico’s September announcement focused mostly on the base Pico 4, with just a few sentences dedicated to the updated model. We didn’t even get a price or release date for the Pro. Instead, Pico tells us that we have to get ready for his AWE presentation in Lisbon in October – the event takes place on the 20th and 21st of October.
With Project Cambria (rumored to be called Meta Quest Pro) due to debut at Meta Connect 2022 in early October, it’s shaping up to be a busy month for VR. By the end of 2023, our list of the best VR headsets could look very different.
https://www.techradar.com/news/metas-project-cambria-vr-headset-already-has-a-rival-in-the-pico-4-pro Meta’s Project Cambria VR headset already has a rival in the Pico 4 Pro