*UPDATED* PICO 4 VR release date, specs, and price
The PICo 4 VR looks to revolutionize fitness and play. Here's what you need to know!
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The PICO 4 VR is coming very soon and is set to go toe-to-toe with the big boys. In fact, the release has been timed perfectly to directly compete with the upcoming PSVR 2 and Meta Quest 3.
It’s been a tumultuous time for the world of VR recently, the Meta quest 2 had its price inflated by the Zucc, and the PSVR 2 was confirmed to not be backward compatible with PSVR games.
With all the recent news, some of it arguably controversial, the PICO 4 VR looks to be a breath of fresh air and a competitive alternative to the offerings from Meta and PlayStation.
So, if you’re undecided on your next VR headset, or fancy adding an additional way to play to your gaming repertoire, here’s everything you need to know about the PICO 4 VR. It really could be the next best VR gaming headset.
PICO 4 VR release date
The PICO 4 VR has only just been announced, and despite this, we already have a confirmed release date, which is unusual for this industry and makes for a pretty refreshing change.
The PICO 3 VR release date is October 13 for the EU region, with other continents as yet unannounced. This means that you are less than 30 hours away from being able to grab a shiny new VR headset.
We’ve now been told that the PICO 4 VR release date will be October 18 for Europe, Japan, and South Korea. Other regions are presumably soon to follow.
PICO 4 VR pre order news
In addition to the official PICO 4 VR announcement, They’ve also announced how the PICO 4 VR pre order period will work.
Those of you who are EU-based can pre order the PICO 4 early via Europe’s Neo3 Link Beta Program. This starts on September 23 and allows pre orders via Bestware, VR Expert, XR Shop, and System Active.
The general public will be able to pre order the PICO 4 VR beginning in October, presumably from all major retailers, including Amazon.
PICO 4 VR specs
We’ve also been provided with a full PICO 4 VR specs list, and we have to say, it’s looking pretty impressive so far. Of course, we won’t be able to know the capabilities until we get our hands on the PICO 4 VR.
But we all like to know all the nitty-gritty specs, so for you like-minded tech nerds out there, we’re going to list all the specs for you below, that way, you can know as much as possible before you decide to buy it.
- Weight: 295g (without straps), with straps: 568g
- CPU: Kryo 585
- GPU: Adreno 650
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X, 2133MHz
- Storage: 128GB/256GB
- Displays: 2 x 2.56″ LCD displays (One per eye)
- Resolution: 2,160 x 2,160 pixels per-eye
- PPI: 1200
- Refresh rate: 72Hz/90Hz
- Field of view (FOV): 105 degrees
- Interpupillary distance: (Adjustable): 62-72mm
- Audio: 360° surrounding stereo speakers, supporting 3D spatial sound
- Cameras: 4x fisheye cameras, 1x 16MP RGB camera
- Sensors: 9-axis sensor, P-sensor, hall sensor, Motor Driver
- Battery capacity: 5300mAh (headset), 2zAA batteries (controllers)
- Battery life: 2.5-3 hours (headset), ~80 hours (controllers)
- Wireless connectivity: WiFi 6, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band, Bluetooth 5.1
From these specs, we can see that the PICO 4 VR is going to be a very capable VR device. The most impressive thing here is the lightweight nature of the device, with it managing to be around half as heavy as both the PSVR and the Meta Quest 2.
If you’re curious to know literally everything about it, more info can be found on the official PICO website.
PICO 4 VR features
PICO has made it abundantly clear that the primary focus of the PICO 4 VR is fitness, with the headset and OS able to track your progress, and even suggest certain applications that can increase the likelihood of succeeding in your goals. This is made even clearer by their official press images, which are all focused on activity, take a look below.
Most of the PICO 4 VR-specific games, which include a lot of fitness-focused titles are available through the OS via the official PICO store. With a broader library of general VR games available via Steam VR.
The fitness tracking stuff looks to be pretty impressive too, with the system being able to calculate total energy output by tracking the movement and positioning of the controllers and the headset itself.
This data could then be used to work out how many calories have been lost, which could then inform the progress toward activity goals, which is a unique system as far as we know, and sure to be one of the biggest selling points of the PICO 4 VR.
PICO 4 VR controllers
The headset itself is looking pretty impressive, but we have to talk about the controllers too, as they’re hiding some fun features and specs under their sleeves.
The controllers feature 6 degrees-of-freedom tracking, which is sure to help with the health features we mentioned earlier. Additionally, they are equipped with haptic feedback via a broadband motor capable of 50-500Hz, the higher the number, the more intense the feedback will be all the way up top a maximum 2.8 vibration
PICO 4 VR price
We haven’t managed to find out pricing information for all regions just yet, but we do have a confirmed PICO 4 VR price starting at £379 for the 128GB variant.
From this we can assume a US price of around $400-$450 and a pretty similar price in euros, in addition to this speculation, we’ll keep this page updated as and when we find out new details.
If you haven’t got time to pick out all the info about the PICo 4, here are some FAQs so you can find the most important info at a glance.
How much is the PICO 4 VR?
The Pico 4 VR starts at £379 for the 128GB variant. Other regional pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
How much does the PICO 4 VR weigh?
The PICO 4 VR weighs 295g/0.65lbs without the straps and 568g/1.25lbs with the straps.
Who owns PICO?
In 2021, ByteDance (The parent company of TikTok) acquired PICO for an undisclosed amount.
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