You have just purchased your Pico G2 4K headset and are about to download your first applications from the Pico store. The big question is, how do I do this? In this article, we will take you through how to navigate the Pico store and how to watch a YouTube video.
Connecting to the Internet on the Pico G2 4K
Before you can download an application from the Pico store, it is important to have an Internet connection. When you are in the main menu of the Pico headset, you will see 4 icons at the top of the screen. Click on the left most icon, the Wifi symbol.
Activate “network” (the “slider” should be on the right and purple when enabled). Available WiFi networks will now be displayed. Select the correct WiFi network and enter the WiFi password. Then click on ”Connect Network”.
Congratulations, you are now connected to the internet!
Creating a Pico account
Before you can actually download applications from the Pico store, a Pico account must be created. Create an account by going to the sign up page of Pico: https://us-passport.picovr.com/us/reg
On the Sign up page you will be asked to enter your email address, password and country of origin.
When your Pico account is activated, you can log in to the Pico headset. Select ”Login” again from the main menu in the Pico headset and enter the newly created account information. Then click on ”Sign in”.
Downloading an application from the Pico store
Select ”Store” from the main menu, in the middle of the screen. You are now in the Pico store. At the bottom of the screen you can filter applications by ”Features, Games, Experiences & Videos”. You can also search by keywords by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen (next to ”App manager”).
When you have found the desired application, select the application by clicking on it. Then click on “download” to download and install the application.
Using Youtube VR on the Pico G2 4K
The Pico G2 4K is often praised for its beautiful 4K screen and how pleasant it is to watch 360 videos on the headset. It is therefore a shame that there is no built-in YouTube application available on the Pico. However, it is possible to watch YouTube videos via a detour.
This can be done using the ”Firefox Reality” application. Contrary to the instructions above, you can download the Firefox Reality application from the “Viveport App store”.
How to install Viveport on the Pico
You can find the Viveport App store under the Pico ”Store” in the main menu. When you click on the Viveport App store, the main menu of the store opens.
Pay attention! To operate the Viveport App store, you must use the Pico controller.
Before you can download applications from the Viveport App store, you must create an account within Viveport. You can do this by clicking on the account icon at the top right.
Select ”Sign in” and then click on ”Sign up”. Select the country that corresponds to your telephone number, then enter your number. An SMS will now be sent to the phone number, containing a link to create your HTC Vive account. Enter your details via the link and verify your account by clicking on the verification link in the email. You have now successfully created a Viveport account.
Go to the account icon again and enter your login details. Finally, you will be asked to create a PIN code. click on ”Not set” and then enter an easy to remember pin code. You are now logged in’.
How to install the Firefox Reality Application
Search in the Viveport for ”Firefox Reality” and click on ”Done”. The Firefox Reality application should now appear on the screen. Select the application and then click on “Free” at the bottom right of the screen (when you go over the word “Free” with your controller, change it to the word “Download”).
To use all the functionalities that Firefox Reality offers, you will be asked to create an account in this as well. This can be skipped. Click on ”start browsing”. Then select the search bar, and type in www.youtube.com . Then click on confirm and the YouTube page will be started. You can now use YouTube in the Pico G2 4K headset.
What are the difference between the Pico and Oculus store
One of the biggest differences between the Pico and the Oculus store is that Oculus requires you to link your account to a Facebook account. Pico does not have this obligation, so you can easily and quickly set up multiple devices.
There is also a difference in the availability of applications between the Pico and the Oculus store. For example, the well-known free VR platform AltspaceVR is available from the Oculus store, but not from the Pico store. A direct YouTube VR application is also available from the Oculus store. For the Pico you have to get here via a detour, as described above.
It is therefore important to carefully consider in advance what you want to use the headset for, before you can determine which brand is best for you.
If you have further questions about the difference between the two headsets and / or the stores.