today pico 4 was officially announced With some seriously impressive specs and features. Here’s how it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – at least on paper:
|Quest 2||pico 4|
|release||October 2020||October 2022|
|visor weight||470 grams||295 grams|
|display per eye||1832×1920 LCD||2160×2160 LCD|
|max refresh rate||120 Hz||90 Hz|
|lens separation||3-phase (58mm / 63mm / 68mm)||Granular 62mm-72mm|
|piece||Snapdragon XR2||Snapdragon XR2|
|to hit||6 GB||8 GB|
|withdrawal||low res grayscale||high res color|
|price and storage||€449 (128 GB)
€549 (256 GB)
|€429 (128 GB)
€499 (256 GB)
Of course, special sheets on paper do not tell the whole story – We have Pico 4. Is hand raid here And we’ll post a full review when it ships.
weight and form factor
The Pico 4 is the first fully standalone headset with a pancake lens to be launched outside China. Pancake lenses support smaller panels with a smaller gap for the lens, and thus have a slimmer and lighter design.
But that’s not the only way Pico reduced the weight of his balcony. Like its predecessor, the Pico 4’s battery is located at the back of the strap. The Quest 2’s battery is in the visor, which makes the front feel heavy.
Whereas Meta’s QuThe Est 2 with the Fresnel lens and front battery weighs 470 grams without the straps, with the Pico 4 without the straps being about 40% lighter at 295 grams. We’re listing the weight of the visors, rather than the full headset, as what you’ll actually feel against your face.
resolution and field of view
Quest 2 uses single 3664×1920 LCD panel. Single-panel headsets cannot use all the pixels because there is an unused gap between the lenses. And since the Quest 2 has a lens separation adjustment, Meta had to leave even more unused space, This means that the actual resolution provided to each eye is remarkably low. 1832×1920.
The Pico 4 uses two LCD panels, one for each lens, 2160 . with a resolution of× 2160 each.
Pico says the Pico 4’s field of view is 105° Diagonal. Meta doesn’t provide an official field of view — and different companies measure differently anyway — so we’ll give you a comparison of actual field of view in our review.
Everyone has a slightly different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If the headset’s lens isn’t closely aligned with your eyes, the image can become blurry and may even lead to eye strain.
The Quest 2 only offers three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. You manually rotate the lens between these three positions with your hand.
The Pico 4’s lenses are stepless and motorized, supporting an interpupillary distance (IPD) of 62–72 mm. You set up your IPD to interface inside VR, and the lenses themselves move to match.
The Quest 2 uses its corner tracking cameras for passthroughs, which are fed into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally intended for in-room setups only—these cameras have low angular resolution and don’t output color.
The Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for color passthrough. In our hands we saw that there is still distortion on nearby objects, and it is nowhere near as apparent as in real life. But it’s still a noticeable improvement over the Quest 2’s grainy black and white.
Chip and RAM
Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor as the other flagship current standalone headset. The XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip that was first shipped in early 2020.
The Quest 2 pairs it with 6GB of RAM while the Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.
The Pico 4 and Quest 2 both use their four-cornered fisheye cameras to track infrared (IR) LEDs under the plastic geometry on their controllers.
But the Quest 2 controllers have these IR LEDs The Pico 4’s controllers place them in an arc over your hand, in a ring on the front of your hand. Pico explains that this means your hands can get together without bashing the controllers together, like lifting a pistol or pouring water into a cup.
Pico also says that its new controllers have a “hypersense broadband motor” for more realistic haptic feedback. We will test this in our review.
price and availability
The base model of the Pico 4 with 128GB of storage costs €429, and the model with 256GB of storage costs €499. It ships to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Pico says it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year.
The base model of the Quest 2 with 128GB of storage costs €449, and the model with 256GB of storage costs €549. This is Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.