The new controllers’ design leak adds further fuel to the fire. However, the controllers resemble those used in Meta’s Quest 2 – including almost identical button placements. However, what appears to be tracking rings have changed into hand guards that wrap around the handset. In contrast, the Quest 2’s tracking rings are placed at the top of the controllers so that VR headsets can track their movements.
According to reports, ByteDance plans to launch two new Pico 4 VR headsets to take on Meta. In the US, Pico is preparing to release a Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro device in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission. It appears that the two headsets have a lot in common, with the significant difference being the inclusion of eye-tracking and face-tracking in the Pro version. Also, working in virtual reality isn’t peachy as it sounds.
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Despite Pico’s presence in the VR market for quite some time, its consumer efforts have primarily been focused on China, where its parent company ByteDance is headquartered. In April, Pico Neo 3 was launched in the UK and the rest of Europe, but it hasn’t impacted much.
A recent FCC filing indicates that Pico is preparing to launch a Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro in the United States. From the filing, the two headsets appear to share many similarities, with the main difference being eye-tracking and face-tracking, which are only available on the Pro model. Moreover, FTC seeks to Block Meta’s Acquisition of the firm behind the supernatural VR workout App.
Meta’s Quest 2’s controllers share many similarities – such as similar button placements – but what appear to be tracking rings have evolved into hand guards that wrap around the handset. In addition, monitoring rounds on the Quest 2 are located at the top of each controller, allowing VR headsets to track movement.
All rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, even if the leaked images appear convincing. First, Pico or ByteDance need to announce what they’re working on. Both companies will likely reveal something about the Pico 4 soon, as more and more details are leaking into the wild.