Weight, Resolution, FoV, And More

Today the 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 type Fresnel Pancake
Lens separation 3-stage (58 mm / 63 mm / 68 mm) Granular 62mm-72mm
Chip Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon XR2
ram 6GB 8GB
Go through Low resolution grayscale High resolution color
Charging 15W 20W
Price & Storage €449 (128GB)
€549 (256GB)
€429 (128GB)
€499 (256 GB)

Of course, paper spec sheets 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 between the lenses, resulting in a slimmer and lighter design.

But this is not the only way in which Pico reduced the weight of its visor. 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, adding to the front-heavy feel.

Whereas Meta’s Quest 2 with fresnel lenses and the front battery weighs 470 grams without straps, Pico 4 without straps is almost 40% lighter at 295 grams. We list the weight of the visors rather than the full headsets since that’s what you’ll actually feel against your face.

Resolution and field of view

Quest 2 uses a single 3664×1920 LCD panel. Headsets with a single panel cannot use all the pixels because there is an unused space between the lenses. And since the Quest 2 has lens separation adjustment, the Meta had to leave even more unused space. This means that the actual resolution provided to each eye is significantly less than 1832×1920.

The 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 – and different companies tend to measure differently anyway – so we’ll give you a real-world field of view comparison in our review.

IPD adjustment

Each person has a slightly different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If the lenses of a headset are not close to your eyes, the image can be blurry and it can even cause eye strain.

The Quest 2 only offers three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. You move the lenses between these three positions manually by hand.

Pico 4’s lenses are stepless and motorized and support interpupillary distances (IPDs) of 62-72mm. You set your IPD in the interface inside VR and the lenses move themselves to match.

Go through

Quest 2 uses its corner tracking cameras for passthrough, fed into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally intended only for room setups – these cameras have a low angular resolution and do not emit color.

oculus passthrough guardian

Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for color review. In our hands-on, we noticed that there is still distortion on nearby objects, and it doesn’t look nearly 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 major current standalone headsets. The XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip that first shipped in early 2020.

The Quest 2 pairs this with 6GB of RAM, while the Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.

Controllers

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

But whereas the Quest 2’s controllers house these IR LEDs in a ring in front of your hand, the Pico 4’s controllers have them in an arc above your hands. Pico points out that this means your hands can come closer together without slamming the controllers together, for actions like cocking a gun or pouring water into a cup.

Pico also says its new controllers feature a “HyperSense broadband engine” for more realistic haptic feedback. We will test this in our review.

Price and availability

The Pico 4’s base model with 128GB of storage costs €429, and a model with 256GB of storage costs €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 model of the Quest 2 with 128 GB of storage costs €449 and a model with 256 GB of storage costs €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, United Kingdom and United States.

William

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