Pico Is Planning A Horizon Worlds Clone For Early 2023

Pico says it plans a world-building toolset for creating content in VR similar to Meta’s Horizon Worlds.

In Pico’s announcement video today, immediately after confirming that Rec Room is coming to Pico 4, the company showed off what looked like conceptual models of the tools. You can watch them below around the 56-minute mark.

Branded “Project Pico Worlds”, the work is proposed as offering avatar customization and world-building tools. They also say their avatars have legs.

“When we developed Pico’s social experience, it’s not about creating a new platform,” a Pico representative says in the video. “But instead, we want to make use of existing platforms to connect and facilitate more intimate interactions and a more emotional experience.”

If you have no idea what that means, you’re not alone.

Meta’s own Horizon Worlds tools are some of the company’s most criticized work in VR, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently pushing to promise “major” updates to the platform at its upcoming Connect conference. Pico is owned by the same parent company that develops TikTok, and transnational social interaction using VR headsets is one of the ultimate promises of the technology, but world-building with a VR headset on smartphone-class chips is an extraordinarily challenging field. Rec Room and VRChat, for example, have completely different approaches to how their interconnected rooms work across vastly different platforms. Meta, meanwhile, has promised both web-based and mobile phone support for Horizon Worlds.

The existing platforms mentioned above have been in development for years, while Pico says its tools — announced for the first time today with a conceptual video — will arrive in early 2023.


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