As we speak the Pico 4 was formally introduced with some severely spectacular specs and options. Here is the way it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – no less than on paper:
|Quest 2||Pico 4|
|Set it free||October 2020||October 2022|
|Visor weight||470 grams||295 grams|
|View by eye||1832×1920 LCD display screen||2160×2160 LCD display screen|
|Most refresh charge||120 Hz||90 Hz|
|Lens separation||3-stage (58mm / 63mm / 68mm)||Granular 62mm-72mm|
|Chip||Snapdragon XR2||Snapdragon XR2|
|RAM reminiscence||6 GB||8 GB|
|Passage||Low decision grey scale||Excessive decision shade|
|Charging||15 W||20 W|
|Value and storage||€449 (128GB)
499 euros (256 GB)
In fact, paper specs do not inform the entire story – we have now the Pico 4 sensible impressions right here and we’ll publish a full overview when it ships.
Weight and Type Issue
The Pico 4 is the primary absolutely standalone pancake lens headset to launch outdoors of China. Pancake lenses assist smaller panels with a shorter hole to the lenses, leading to a thinner and lighter design.
However this is not the one means Pico has decreased the load of its visor. Like its predecessor, the Pico 4’s battery is housed at the back of the strap. The Quest 2’s battery is within the visor, which provides to the front-weight really feel.
Whereas Meta Okest 2 with fresnel lens and battery in entrance weighs 470 grams with out straps, Pico 4 with out straps is nearly 40% lighter at 295 grams. We record the load of the visors as a substitute of the total headset as a result of that is what you may truly really feel in your face.
Decision and discipline of view
Quest 2 makes use of a single 3664×1920 LCD panel. A single-panel headset can’t use all of the pixels as a result of there may be an unused hole between the lenses. And for the reason that Quest 2 has a lens separation adjustment, Meta needed to depart much more unused house. Which means that the precise decision given to every eye is considerably lower than 1832 ×1920.
The Pico 4 makes use of two LCD panels, one for every lens, with a decision of 2160× 2160 every.
Pico says the Pico 4’s discipline of view is 105° diagonal. Meta does not give an official discipline of view determine – and completely different corporations are inclined to measure in a different way anyway – so we’ll offer you a comparability of the particular discipline of view in our overview.
Adjusting the IPD
Every particular person has a barely completely different distance between their eyes – their interpupillary distance (IPD). If the headset lenses aren’t carefully aligned together with your eyes, the picture could also be blurry and even trigger eye pressure.
The Quest 2 gives solely three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. You manually transfer the lenses between these three positions.
Pico 4 lenses are stepless and motorized, supporting interpupillary distances (IPD) of 62-72mm. You place your IPD within the interface contained in the VR, and the lenses transfer on their very own to match.
Quest 2 makes use of its cameras to trace the angle of penetration, fed right into a reconstruction algorithm. Its go mode was initially meant just for room setup – these cameras have low angular decision and don’t emit shade.
The Pico 4 has a devoted 5K RGB digicam within the middle for shade rendering. In our palms, we seen that there was nonetheless some distortion on close by objects and it did not look almost as clear as actual life. But it surely’s nonetheless a noticeable enchancment over Quest 2’s grainy black and white.
Chip and RAM
Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor like different main present 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, whereas the Pico 4 pairs it with 8GB.
Each the Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their 4 angled fisheye cameras to trace infrared (IR) LEDs beneath the plastic geometry of their controllers.
However whereas the Quest 2’s controllers home these IR LEDs in a hoop in entrance of your hand, the Pico 4 controllers have them in an arc above your palms. Pico factors out that this implies your palms can come nearer collectively with out bumping the controllers collectively, for actions like cocking a gun or pouring water right into a glass.
Pico additionally says its new controllers characteristic a “HyperSense broadband engine” for extra practical haptic suggestions. We are going to check this in our overview.
Value and availability
The essential mannequin of the Pico 4 with 128 GB of house is priced at 429 euros, and the mannequin with 256 GB of house is 499 euros. Ships to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK. Pico says it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this 12 months.
The bottom mannequin of the Quest 2 with 128 GB of house is priced at 449 euros, and the mannequin with 256 GB of house at 549 euros. 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 United States .