Pico 4 VR Headset Coming with October Release Date, Specs vs. Quest 2

Pico today announced the Pico 4 standalone VR headset, with price and content aspirations that make it clear the company hopes to compete directly with the Quest 2. The headset will launch in October, starting in Europe and some Asian regions, with no plans for a US launch just yet.

Pico has been making VR headsets for years, though until now the company has primarily served the business market. Recently acquired by ByteDance, the company took its first serious step into the consumer VR space earlier this year with the release of the Pico Neo 3 Link, a standalone VR headset that also has the ability to connect to a desktop for PC VR game. .

Less than a year later, the company is almost ready to release the Pico 4, and this time it’s hoping to get a leg up on Meta’s Quest 2 headset in price and features, while also looking to be competitive on content.

Pico 4 revealed

The Pico 4 starts at €430 for the 128GB model and €500 for the 256GB model (that’s €20 and €50 less than the Quest 2’s equivalents), making it clear that the company is hoping to undercut the Meta on price, something that may have been more difficult without Meta raising the price of the headset just a few months ago.

While both headsets are built on top of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 processor, the Pico 4 will bring 8GB of RAM to the Quest 2’s 6GB. Additionally, the Pico 4 aims to be more compact than the Quest 2 with the addition of ‘pancake optics’, which should reduce the headphone’s bulk thanks to a folded optical path. In addition, the Pico 4 has a slightly higher resolution of 2,160 × 2,160 (4.7 MP) per eye compared to the Quest 2’s 1,832 × 1,920 (3.5 MP).

Along with a rear-mounted battery on the Pico 4, those are the main hardware differences. Here’s a full look at how the headset compares on paper:

Specifications for Pico 4 vs. Quest 2

Pico 4 Quest 2
Solution 2,160 × 2,160 (4.7 MP) per eye, LCD (2x) 1,832 × 1,920 (3.5 MP) per eye, LCD (1x)
Refresh rate 72Hz, 90Hz 60Hz, 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz
Lentils Pancake Single element Fresnel
Field of View (claimed) 105° ~90°
Optical adjustments IPD (motorized) IPD, eye relief (via included spacer)
IPD adjustment range 62-72 mm 58mm, 63mm, 68mm
Processor Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon XR2
ram 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Plug unknown USB-C
Battery life (claimed) 2.5-3 hours (5,300 mAh) 2-3 hours
Tracking From the inside out (no external beacons) From the inside out (no external beacons)
Built-in cameras 4x (external), 1x 16MP RGB 4x IR (external)
Input Pico 4 motion controllers Oculus Touch v3 (AA battery 1x), hand tracking, voice
Sound In-headstrap speakers In-headstrap speakers, 3.5mm aux output
Microphone Yes Yes
Review view unknown Yes
MSRP €430 (128GB), €500 (256GB) €450 (128GB), €550 (256GB)

Pico 4 prices and release date

Starting at €430 for the 128GB model and €500 for the 256GB model, the Pico 4 will begin pre-orders for the general public in October; those who have purchased the Neo 3 Link will be able to pre-order as early as tomorrow. The Pico 4 will be released on October 18, starting in 13 European countries as well as Japan and Korea, with plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year and China eventually. The company has not revealed plans to launch the Pico 4 in the US.

Pico 4 accessories

In addition to the headset, Pico has announced plans to launch three first-party accessories for the Pico 4 in 2023. All priced at €50, they include a fitness tracker for more accurate fitness tracking, a wireless dongle for wireless PC VR, and a carrying case.

Pico 4 content library

Image courtesy of Pico

While the Pico 4 manages to compete with the Quest 2 on the hardware front, there’s still a serious challenge ahead in getting a comparable amount of quality content onto the headset.

To that end, Pico has announced that some fresh and upcoming VR games will be available on the headset, such as Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom, Ultimate mechs, Demoand The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.

The company also aims to start curating fitness content for the headset, including Les Mills Body Combat, All-in-one summer sports VRand Just Dance VR.

We’ve reached out to Pico for a more complete list of content expected to be available on the headset.

The company also says it plans to launch its own Pico world social VR platform in 2023 and release a series of exclusive Discovery Channel documentaries.

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