The Pico 4 was officially announced today, and it packs some impressive specs and features. Here’s how it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 — at least on paper:
|task 2||pico 4|
|release||October 2020||October 2022|
|Visor weight||470 grams||295 g|
|per eye display||1832×1920 LCD screen||2160×2160 LCD|
|maximum refresh rate||120 Hz||90 Hz|
|lens separation||Class III (58mm/63mm/68mm)||Particles 62mm-72mm|
|chip||Snapdragon XR2||Snapdragon XR2|
|pass through||low resolution grayscale||high resolution color|
|price and storage||449 EUR (128 GB)
€549 (256 GB)
|429 EUR (128 GB)
€ 499 (256 GB)
Of course, a paper spec sheet doesn’t tell the whole story— we have Pico 4 Hands-on impressions here We will post a full review when it ships.
Weight and Dimensions
The Pico 4 is the first fully standalone headset with pancake lenses to launch outside of China. Pancake lenses support smaller panels and have a shorter gap to the lens, resulting in a thinner and lighter design.
But that’s not the only way Pico has reduced the weight of its visor. Like its predecessor, the Pico 4’s battery is located on the back of the strap. The Quest 2’s battery is located in the visor, which adds to the front-heavy feel.
And Meta’s songThe est 2 with the Fresnel lens and front battery weighs 470 grams (without the shoulder strap), and the Pico 4 without the shoulder strap is almost 40% lighter at 295 grams. We’re listing the weight of the mask, not the full headset, because that’s how you actually feel against your face.
Resolution and Field of View
Quest 2 uses a single 3664×1920 LCD panel. Single-panel headphones can’t utilize all the pixels because there are unused gaps between the lenses. And since the Quest 2 has a lens split adjustment, Meta had to leave more unused space.This means that the actual resolution provided to each eye is significantly lower than 1832×1920.
The Pico 4 uses two LCD panels, one for each lens, with a resolution of 2160×2160.
Pico says the Pico 4’s field of view is 105°Diagonal. Meta doesn’t provide official field of view data — and different companies tend to measure it in different ways — so we’ll give you a real field comparison in our review.
Interpupillary distance adjustment
Everyone has a slightly different distance between their eyes – the interpupillary distance (IPD). If the lenses of the headset are not closely aligned with your eyes, the image may be blurred and even cause eye strain.
The Quest 2 only offers three preset lens spacings: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. You can manually move the lens between these three positions by hand.
The Pico 4’s lens is stepless and motorized and supports an interpupillary distance (IPD) of 62-72mm. You set your IPD in the VR interface and the camera will automatically move to match.
The Quest 2 uses its corner-tracking cameras for thru and feeds into the reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally only used in room setups – these cameras have lower angular resolution and don’t output color.
The Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for color transfer. In our hands-on, we noticed that nearby objects were still distorted, and it didn’t look as sharp as in real life. But it’s still a significant improvement over the grainy black and white of the Quest 2.
chips and memory
Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the same The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor is currently the other major standalone headset. The XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip that first shipped in early 2020.
The Quest 2 pairs it with 6GB of RAM, while the Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.
Both the Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their four corner fisheye cameras to track infrared (IR) LEDs under the plastic geometry on the controller.
However, although the Quest 2’s controller has these IR LEDs The Pico 4’s controller places them in a loop in front of your hand so that they arc in your hand. Pico points out that this means your hands can be brought closer together without having to bump the controllers together, like flipping a pistol or pouring water into a cup.
Pico also says its new controller features “HyperSense broadband motors” for more realistic haptic feedback. We will test this in our review.
Price and Availability
The Pico 4 is priced at €429 for the base model with 128GB of storage and €499 for the model with 256GB of storage. It ships to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Pico said it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year.
The Quest 2 is priced at €449 for the base model with 128GB of storage and €549 for the model with 256GB of storage. 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, UK and USA.