Weight, Resolution, FoV, And More

Today Pico 4 was formally introduced with some significantly spectacular specs & options. Here’s the way it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – on paper not less than:

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 kind Fresnel Pancakes
Lens Separation 3-Stage (58mm / 63mm / 68mm) Granular 62mm-72mm
Chip Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon XR2
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
Passthrough Low Res Grayscale High Res Color
Charging 15W 20W
Price & Storage €449 (128GB)
€549 (256GB)
€429 (128GB)
€499 (256GB)

Of course, on paper spec sheets do not inform the entire story – we have now Pico 4 hands-on impressions right here and we’ll be posting a full evaluate when it ships.

Weight & Form Factor

Pico 4 is the primary absolutely standalone headset with pancake lenses to launch outdoors China. Pancake lenses help smaller panels with a shorter hole to the lenses, and thus a slimmer & lighter design.

But this isn’t the one manner Pico lowered the burden of its visor. Like its predecessor, Pico 4’s battery is housed at the back 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 sort of 40% lighter at 295 grams. We’re itemizing the burden of the visors fairly than the whole headsets as that is what you will truly really feel towards your face.

Resolution & Field Of View

Quest 2 makes use of a single 3664×1920 LCD panel. Headsets with a single panel cannot 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. That means the precise decision supplied to every eye is considerably 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 would not present an official subject of view determine – and completely different corporations are inclined to measure in a different way in any case – so we’ll provide you with a comparability of the actual subject of view in our evaluate.

IPD Adjustment

Each particular person 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 possibly even trigger eye pressure.

Quest 2 solely affords three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. You transfer 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.

Passthrough

Quest 2 makes use of its nook monitoring cameras for passthrough, fed right into a reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was initially solely supposed for room setup – these cameras have a low angular decision and do not output coloration.

oculus passthrough guardian

Pico 4 has a devoted 5K RGB digital camera within the middle for coloration passthrough. In our hands-on we famous there’s nonetheless distortion on close by objects, and it would not look wherever close to as clear as actual life. But it is 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.

Controllers

Both Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their 4 nook fisheye cameras to trace infrared (IR) LEDs underneath plastic geometry on their controllers.

But 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 fingers. Pico factors out this implies your fingers can get nearer collectively with out bashing the controllers collectively, for actions comparable to cocking a pistol or pouring water right into a cup.

Pico additionally says its new controllers have a “HyperSense broadband motor” for extra sensible haptic suggestions. We’ll be testing this in our evaluate.

Price & Availability

Pico 4’s base mannequin with 128GB of 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 of 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, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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