The headset manufacturer surprised audiences with its enterprise-grade complement to the Pico 4
Pico Interactive shocked audiences on Thursday after it unveiled its Pico 4 Enterprise headset at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2022 Europe.
The ByteDance-owned headset manufacturer announced the news at the premier event along with a Twitter post, with the headset preparing to directly challenge the Meta Quest Pro, Meta Platform’s enterprise-grade mixed reality (MR) device.
The update comes amid the ongoing AWE event, which has rallied the global tech industry from 20 to 21 October in Lisbon, Portugal for the celebrated in-person and online event.
Executives, organisations, and thought leaders from across the sector have begun showcasing their latest product innovations, concept ideas, and immersive visions for consumers and enterprises.
The standalone VR head-mounted display (HMD) features a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor for industry-leading computing and seamless integration with the latter’s Snapdragon Spaces programme.
Other features include a crisp 4K display at 1200 pixels per inch and 2160 x 2160 resolution, a 105-degree field of view (FoV), and 70/90 refresh rates for optimal immersive experiences.
It also includes two controllers with 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) with hand, eye, and face tracking from integrated front sensors on the headset for fluid tracking capabilities.
For enhanced visuals, the Pico 4 Enterprise will also include 35.8mm pancake lenses for a lighter, more compact form factor and added clarity, along with additional interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment.
The headset also provides an ergonomically-balanced front and rear weight distribution with a hard strap and fit wheel for more comfortable, long-wear enterprise use cases. The device’s DU foam face mask also detaches for easy cleaning, refitting, and replacement when needed.
Additionally, the Pico 4 Enterprise offers spatial audio for fully immersive sound quality.
Meta-Pico Rivalry Begins
The news comes just weeks after Meta Platforms dropped its Quest Pro headset at the Connect 2022 online event, which targets the Menlo Park-based firm’s upcoming metaverse ambitions for workers.
Meta’s iterative headset offers similar processing, audiovisual, and interface options for professional use, but according to reports, Pico’s latest release will have slightly better visuals.
It is unclear if the Pico 4 Enterprise will have full-colour passthrough, an option Meta’s Quest Pro has explicitly offered, but further details will emerge in future reports from the tech giant.
ByteDance provided full specifications for its upcoming Pico 4 HMD, which will also compete directly with Meta’s Quest 2 and potentially, upcoming Quest 3 hardware and will carry full-colour passthrough.
The Pico 4 will also include motorised IPD adjustments, HiFi spatial audio, sensitive haptic feedback, and a 586-gramme form factor, among many other features, the company stated in late September.
Pico’s enterprise headset is expected to cover a huge number of use cases, including training, upskilling, gaming, education, video conferencing, and metaverse-based collaboration, among many others.