The VR market is a niche one. And the companies who are ruling this space are mainly Oculus(Facebook meta) and PicoXR. And even in that niche market, we can see the top contenders given a decent budget to be the Pico 4 and the Oculus Meta Quest 2. The Pico 4 has been called the Meta Quest killer, and rightfully so.
Firstly, almost every VR headset on the market right now uses Fresnel lenses which can be distinguished by their unique concentric ring pattern, used to increase the field of view. Now this may have been the best option for companies in the past, but the Pico 4 comes with its unique and big pancake-style lens which makes it lighter and more comfortable than most any other VR Headset right now. The Meta Quest 2 like the other companies, sticks to the fresnel lenses, making it pretty front heavy, and on top of that, the straps that come with the headset are too flimsy to be worn for longer periods of time without fear of the headset falling or causing ear pain or facial exhaustion.
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Another very important aspect of a VR headset is the IPD. This essentially refers to the distance between both of your eyes. The Quest 2 offers three distinct options, ranging from 58-62-68 mm only. There are no other options apart from these three. Whereas with the Pico you get a completely adjustable IPD from 58-72 mm.
Both the VR headsets can work at 90Hz refresh rates with a resolution of nearly 2k, but the Pico has 2 LCD screens for each eye, and the Quest 2 has a single LCD screen split for both eyes.
Now the Pico 4 also takes the lead when compared in the field of views.
This Pico provides a 105° field of view whereas the Oculus only goes up to 89°.
Both the devices also have a good battery life clocking between 2-3 hours each and they also support 6DoF tracking. Both come with the SnapDragon XR2 processor, which is made specially for VR and AR uses.
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The Pico 4 also has dual microphone input with noise and echo cancellation. The Quest has no Audio input whatsoever. The output for both supports 3D audio and also have 3.5 mm headphone jacks.
The controllers are also an important piece of equipment. The Quest controllers require 1 AA battery and the Pico requires 2 AA batteries. For the extra number of batteries, you are also gifted with better buzzer motors, hence better haptics and feedback. The layout of both controllers is practically the same.
The Pico 4 has 5 cameras which allow for a full-colour passthrough mode. The Quest 2 on the other hand has 4 cameras which also provide passthrough.
You can create a guard area in both the VR headsets, to ensure you don’t knock any pieces of furniture over or hurt yourself while you’re immersed in the experience.
The Oculus Meta Quest 2(128 GB) is costlier than the Pico 4(128 GB).
With a clear technical and user-based superiority, the Pico 4 is also cheaper than the Quest 2.
There is no real discussion over it, the Pico 4 is a clear winner and a downright better choice when looking for a VR headset at such a great price!