At present Pico 4 was formally introduced with some critically spectacular specs & options. Right here’s the way it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – on paper at the very least:
|Quest 2||Pico 4|
|Launch||October 2020||October 2022|
|Visor Weight||470 grams||295 grams|
|Show Per Eye||1832×1920 LCD||2160×2160 LCD|
|Max Refresh Charge||120Hz||90Hz|
|Lens Separation||3-Step (58mm / 63mm / 68mm)||Stepless 62mm-72mm|
|Chip||Snapdragon XR2||Snapdragon XR2|
|RAM||6 GB||8 GB|
|Passthrough||Low Res Grayscale||Excessive Res Shade|
|Worth & Storage||€449 (128 GB)
€549 (256 GB)
|€429 (128 GB)
€499 (256 GB)
After all, on paper spec sheets don’t inform the entire story – we’ve got Pico 4 hands-on impressions right here and we’ll be posting a full evaluation when it ships.
Weight & Type Issue
Pico 4 is the primary totally standalone headset with pancake lenses to launch exterior China. Pancake lenses help smaller panels with a shorter hole to the lenses, and thus a slimmer & lighter design.
However this isn’t the one means Pico diminished the load of its visor. Like its predecessor, Pico 4’s battery is housed within the rear of the strap. Quest 2’s battery is within the visor, which provides to the front-heavy feeling.
Whereas Meta’s Quest 2 with fresnel lenses and the battery within the entrance weighs 470 grams with out straps, Pico 4 with out straps is nearly 40% lighter at 295 grams. We’re itemizing the load of the visors slightly than the whole headsets as that’s what you’ll really really feel in opposition to your face.
Decision & Discipline Of View
Quest 2 makes use of a single 3664×1920 LCD panel. Headsets with a single panel can’t make the most of the entire pixels as a result of there’s an unused hole between the lenses. And since Quest 2 has lens separation adjustment, Meta needed to depart much more unused house. Which means the precise decision offered to every eye is notably lower than 1832×1920.
Pico 4 makes use of two LCD panels, one for every lens, with a decision of 2160×2160 every.
Pico says Pico 4’s subject of view is 105° diagonal. Meta doesn’t present an official subject of view determine – and completely different firms are inclined to measure in another way in any case – so we’ll offer you a comparability of the actual subject of view in our evaluation.
Every individual has a barely completely different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If a headset’s lenses aren’t intently aligned together with your eyes, the picture might be blurry and it may even trigger eye pressure.
Quest 2 solely presents three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. You progress the lenses between these three positions manually together with your hand.
Pico 4’s lenses are stepless and motorized, supporting interpupillary distances (IPDs) of 62-72mm. You set your IPD within the interface inside VR, and the lenses transfer themselves to match.
Quest 2 makes use of its nook monitoring cameras for passthrough, fed right into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was initially solely meant for room setup – these cameras have a low angular decision and don’t output coloration.
Pico 4 has a devoted 5K RGB digital camera within the heart for coloration passthrough. In our hands-on we famous there’s nonetheless distortion on close by objects, and it doesn’t look wherever close to as clear as actual life. But it surely’s nonetheless a noticeable enchancment over the grainy black & white of Quest 2.
Chip & RAM
Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor as different main present standalone headsets. XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip first shipped in early 2020.
Quest 2 pairs this with 6GB of RAM whereas Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.
Each Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their 4 nook fisheye cameras to trace infrared (IR) LEDs below plastic geometry on their controllers.
However whereas Quest 2’s controllers home these IR LEDs in a hoop in entrance of your hand, Pico 4’s controllers have them in an arc over your palms. Pico factors out this implies your palms can get nearer collectively with out bashing the controllers collectively, for actions equivalent to cocking a pistol or pouring water right into a cup.
Pico additionally says its new controllers have a “HyperSense broadband motor” for extra real looking haptic suggestions. We’ll be testing this in our evaluation.
Worth & Availability
Pico 4’s base mannequin with 128GB storage is priced at €429, and a mannequin with 256GB of storage is €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 12 months.
Quest 2’s base mannequin with 128GB storage is priced at €449, and a mannequin with 256GB of storage at €549. It ships to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Eire, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and america.