Image: Antony Vitillo/Pico
There are more and more clues about the new Pico headsets. Now, images of the new VR controllers have surfaced.
The material was posted by VR blogger Antony Vitillo aka Skarredghost. The source is an anonymous member of the VR community. The photos look professional and were apparently created for promotional purposes. What about the new image-based VR controllers?
The first thing that stands out is that they are more ergonomically designed and fit better in the hand than the stick controllers used with older Pico headsets. The devices still have tracking rings, but they run diagonally towards the wrist instead of protruding from the grip. It makes the controllers much more elegant.
Get out of B2B design
When it comes to input options, the controllers stick to industry standards: they each offer a trigger and grip button, an analog stick, two buttons, and a menu or system button. New is a button with a camera icon, which can probably be used to take screenshots at the press of a button. Practice.
With the new, more aesthetic design, Pico says goodbye to the rather pragmatic design of the previous devices, which hopefully also applies to the new headphones. Pico’s greater emphasis on aesthetics reflects its claim to develop more consumer-oriented hardware.
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A few days ago, FCC filings for two new Pico headsets named Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro surfaced. These deposits usually indicate a commercialization soon.
Some technical details can be gleaned from the docs: for example, that the Pico 4 Pro will additionally offer face and eye recognition and that both headsets could be quite thin, which argues for the use of pancake lenses.
The Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro are likely to be a response to Meta Quest 2 and the upcoming Quest Pro (see Project Cambria) and will be the first consumer devices offered by Pico in the West.
TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance, acquired Pico a year ago and apparently has big plans for virtual reality. It is currently investing heavily in its app offering and experiencing a massive expansion of its location and staff in the United States.