Weight, resolution, FoV and more

Today Pico 4 was officially announced with some really impressive specs and features. Here’s how it compares to Meta’s Quest 2, at least on paper:

Quest 2 Pico 4
Publication October 2020 October 2022
Visor weight 470 grams 295 grams
View by eye 1832 × 1920 LCD 2160 × 2160 LCD
Maximum refresh rate 120 Hz 90 Hz
Lens type Fresnel Pancake
Lens separation 3 stages (58mm / 63mm / 68mm) Granular 62mm-72mm
Chip Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon XR2
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
Ride Low resolution grayscale High resolution color
Reload 15W 20 W
Price and storage € 449 (128 GB)
€ 549 (256 GB)
€ 429 (128 GB)
€ 499 (256 GB)

Of course, the whole story is not told on the printed specification sheets – we have Pico 4 practical impressions here and we will post a full review when it ships.

Weight and form factor

Pico 4 is the first fully self-contained headset with pancake lenses launched outside of China. Pancake lenses support smaller panels with a shorter gap than the lenses, and therefore 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 housed in the back of the strap. The Quest 2’s battery is in the visor, which adds to the heavy feel of the front.

While the Queast 2 with Fresnel lenses and the battery in the front weighs 470 grams without straps, Pico 4 without straps is almost 40% lighter at 295 grams. We are listing the weight of visors rather than full headsets as that is what you will actually feel on your face.

Resolution and field of view

Quest 2 uses a single 3664 ×1920 LCD panel. Headphones with a single panel cannot use all the pixels because there is an unused space between the lenses. And since Quest 2 has lens separation adjustment, Meta had to leave even more unused space. This means that the actual resolution provided to each eye is significantly less 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 give an official FOV figure – and different companies tend to measure differently anyway – so we’ll give you an actual FOV comparison in our review.

IPD adjustment

Each person has a slightly different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If a headset’s lenses aren’t closely aligned with your eyes, the image can be blurry and can even cause eye strain.

Quest 2 offers only three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. Move the lenses between these three positions manually with your hand.

The Pico 4 lenses are stepless and motorized and support interpupillary distances (IPD) of 62-72mm. You set your IPD in the interface within the VR and the objectives move to fit.

Ride

Quest 2 uses its corner detection cameras for passing, fed into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally intended for room setup only – these cameras have low angular resolution and emit no color.

passing guardian of the eye

Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for passing color. In our practice we have noticed that there is still distortion on nearby objects and it doesn’t seem anywhere near as clear as real life. But it’s still a noticeable improvement over Quest 2’s grainy black and white.

Chip and RAM

Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor like other major current standalone headphones. XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip first shipped in early 2020.

Quest 2 pairs it with 6GB of RAM while Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.

Controllers

Both Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their four angled fisheye cameras to track infrared (IR) LEDs under the geometry of the plastic on their controllers.

But while the Quest 2 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 close without bumping the controllers, for actions like cocking a gun or pouring water into a cup.

Pico also claims that its new controllers have a “HyperSense broadband engine” for more realistic haptic feedback. We will test it in our review.

Price and availability

The base model of Pico 4 with 128GB of storage is priced at € 429 and a model with 256GB of storage costs € 499. Ships to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan , Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Pico says it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year.

Quest 2’s base model with 128GB of storage is priced at € 449 and a model with 256GB of storage for € 549. Ships to 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.

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