After months of rumors and leaks, ByteDance-owned XR brand Pico has finally unveiled its latest VR headset, including the high-end Pico 4 Pro.
Project Cambria, based on the Pico 4’s Oculus Quest 2, the Pico 4 Pro model promises to deliver a premium VR experience to developers, businesses and regular users that goes beyond anything Pico currently offers. (opens in new tab),
According to Pico, the Pico 4 Pro VR headset (which closely resembles the Pico 4) will deliver on the promise of its high-end experience by using upgraded specs compared to its base model. Chief among these improvements is the three infrared cameras inside the headset that can follow your eye movements.
As we saw with our experience playing Horizon Call of the Mountains using the PlayStation VR 2, eye-tracking can help make VR experiences feel more immersive — because NPCs can be found in the location you’re looking at. May react, and even make eye contact with you. ,
Developers making games for the Pico 4 and PlayStation VR 2 (as well as Project Cambria which will also use eye-tracking, according to Meta) can also use eye-tracking to feature foveated rendering that makes more impressive games look more impressive. Should make it possible without the need for powerful. (and heavy) hardware.
As Moss: Book 2 developers explained to us, it works by reducing the processing power used by the parts of the world the player isn’t seeing – either blurring it out or not rendering it at all. doing — and focusing it on the areas the players are looking for. If done correctly, the player will not notice at all, except that the world is much more detailed and more detailed than in traditional VR games.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can get our hands on the Pico 4 Pro (assuming it will also launch in the UK, US, and Australia, as the base model snubbed the latter two).
Pico’s September announcement focused mostly on the base Pico 4, with only a few sentences devoted to the upgraded model. We also didn’t get a price or release date for the Pro. Instead, Pico tells us we’ll have to tune in to its AWE Lisbon presentation in October – with the event running on October 20 and 21.
With Project Cambria (rumored to be called Meta Quest Pro) scheduled to be unveiled at Meta Connect 2022 in early October, it’s shaping up to be a busy month for VR. By the end of 2023, our best VR headset list may actually look different.