Today Pico 4 was officially announced with some truly impressive specs and features. Here’s how it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – at least on paper:
|Quest 2||Peak 4|
|Exit||October 2020||October 2022|
|Visor weight||470 grams||295 grams|
|Display by eye||1832×1920 LCD||2160×2160 LCD|
|Maximum refresh rate||120Hz||90Hz|
|Lens separation||3 floors (58mm / 63mm / 68mm)||Granular 62mm-72mm|
|Chip||Snapdragon XR2||Snapdragon XR2|
|RAM||6 GB||8 GB|
|To cross||Low resolution grayscale||High resolution color|
|Price and storage||€449 (128 GB)
€549 (256 GB)
|€429 (128 GB)
€499 (256 GB)
Of course, spec sheets on paper don’t tell the whole story – we have Pico 4 practical impressions here and we’ll post a full review when it ships.
Weight and form factor
The Pico 4 is the first fully self-contained headset with pancake lenses to launch outside of China. Pancake lenses support smaller panels with a shorter gap to the lenses, and therefore a thinner and lighter design.
But that’s not the only way Pico can reduce the weight of his visor. Like its predecessor, the Pico 4’s battery is housed on the back of the strap. The Quest 2’s battery sits in the visor, which adds to the heaviness up front.
While Meta’s Quis 2 with Fresnel lenses and front battery weighs 470 grams without straps, Pico 4 without straps is almost 40% lighter at 295 grams. We list weight for visors rather than full face helmets because that is what you will actually feel against your face.
Resolution and field of view
Quest 2 uses a single 3664×1920 LCD screen. Helmets with a single panel cannot use all the pixels because there is unused space between the lenses. And since Quest 2 has a lens separation setting, Meta had to leave even more space unused. This means that the actual resolution delivered to each eye is significantly lower than 1832×1920.
Pico 4 uses two LCD panels, one for each lens, with a resolution of 2160×2160 each.
Pico says the Pico 4’s field of view is 105° diagonal. Meta doesn’t provide an official field of view figure – and different companies tend to measure differently anyway – so we’ll give you an actual field of view comparison in our review.
Each person has a slightly different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If the lenses of a headset are not closely aligned with your eyes, the image can be blurry and even cause eye strain.
Quest 2 only offers three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. You move the lenses between these three positions manually with your hand.
The Pico 4 lenses are progressive and motorized, supporting interpupillary distances (IPDs) of 62-72mm. You set your IPD in the interface inside VR, and the lenses move to match.
Quest 2 uses its corner tracking cameras for passage, fed into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally only intended for room setup – these cameras have low angular resolution and do not output color.
The Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for color passing. In our hands-on, we noted there was still some distortion on nearby objects, and it didn’t sound as clear as real life. But it’s still a noticeable improvement over the grainy black and white of Quest 2.
Chip and RAM
Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor like other leading standalone headsets today. XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip that first shipped in early 2020.
Quest 2 pairs it with 6GB of RAM while Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.
The Pico 4 and Quest 2 both use their four-corner fisheye cameras to track infrared (IR) LEDs under the plastic geometry of their controllers.
But while Quest 2’s controllers house these IR LEDs in a ring in front of your hand, the Pico 4 controllers have them in an arc above your hands. Pico points out that this means your hands can get closer without banging the controllers together, for actions like cocking a gun or pouring water into a cup.
Pico also says its new controllers have a “HyperSense Broadband Engine” for more realistic haptic feedback. We will test this in our review.
Price and availability
The base Pico 4 model with 128GB of storage is priced at €429, and a model with 256GB of storage is €499. It ships to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK . Pico says it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year.
The base Quest 2 model with 128GB of storage is priced at €449, and a model with 256GB of storage at €549. It ships to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Kingdom United and the United States.
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