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Pico 4 vs Oculus Quest Pro: Which one to buy?

VR Expert - Pico 4 vs Quest Pro

With the new generation VR and MR headsets from Meta and Pico in the form of the Pico 4 and Meta Quest Pro entering the market. We thought it to be a perfect time to compare and analyze the key differences between the Pico 4 vs the Quest Pro to help you decide which to buy and why you would purchase either.

We will go through:

  • Pros and Cons
  • Specifications
  • Design and comfort
  • Display
  • Tracking
  • Controllers
  • Streaming
  • Content
  • Initial Setup
  • Price
  • Conclusion

Pros of the Pico 4 vs Meta Quest Pro

Pico 4Meta Quest Pro
Best price to quality ratio for standalone VR headsetsIntegrated body tracking
Native fitness application16 integrated cameras
Wired streaming solution
Mixed reality capabilities

Cons of the Pico 4 vs Meta Quest Pro

Pico 4Meta Quest Pro
Requires external trackers for body trackingExpensive
No wired streaming only wirelessRequires a Meta account
No mixed reality capabilitiesNo native fitness integrations

Specifications comparison of the Pico 4 and Quest Pro

The table below lists a specifications comparison of both devices.

Pico 4Meta Quest Pro
Display4K+UNKNOWN
Resolution2160 x 2160 pixels per eye2160 x 2160 pixels per eye
Refresh rate72/90 Hz90 Hz
Pixels per inch1200 Pixels Per InchUNKNOWN
Visible Field of View105°UNKNOWN
Lens typePancakePancake
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
Weight295 gramsUNKNOWN
Storage (ROM)128 GB / 256 GB64 GB /256 GB
RAM8 GB6 GB
TrackingInside-Out 6DoF with 5 integrated camerasInside-Out 6DoF with 16 integrated cameras
Battery life3 hoursUNKNOWN
Price€429 (128 GB)

€499 (256 GB)

€800-1000 

Design and comfort of the Quest Pro and Pico 4 headsets

The new headsets from Pico and Meta have seen a major design evolution thanks to  the integration of Pancake lenses. Thanks to this evolution in lens technology both the Quest Pro and Pico 4 headsets are now only ⅓ as thick as their predecessors the Pico Neo 3 Link and Oculus Quest 2

Pico has been a pioneer of placing the battery of their devices in the rear part of the head strap. This is no different in the Pico 4 and has always provided their devices with great weight distribution making the devices comfortable for extended periods of play. In comparison the Quest Pro looks to have also adopted this philosophy of placing the battery within the head strap to improve weight balance. It is important to mention though that this idea was also used by Microsoft in the HoloLens 2, years ago. 

VR Expert - Pico 4 vs Quest Pro

The Quest Pro and Pico 4 have both been fitted with fit wheel on the back to adjust the fit of the device. This allows for a better fit to be found much faster and easily as it can be done with the headset on your head. The Pico 4 does differ from the Quest Pro due to the addition of a top velcro strap which is not found on the Quest Pro.

The most obvious difference is the colour, with Pico choosing for a mostly white design with a shiny finished black front panel. While the Meta has gone for a blacked out design more reminiscent of the Oculus Rift S or original Oculus Quest colour combination. 

Overall the devices both look comfortable to wear due to the new displays reducing the devices weights and even weight distributions with the only difference being the top strap on the Pico 4 which will likely give it a slightly better fit.

VR Expert - Pico 4 side

If you are confused by all the terms and abbreviations in this article, we got your back with this article: The ultimate VR glossary of words, terms and acronyms.

Display of the Pico 4 compared to the Quest Pro

Meta Quest Pro displays will have 2.48-inch mini-LEDs with a resolution of 2160×2160 per eye and a 90Hz refresh rate. This is the same resolution and refresh rate as on Pico 4, which will come with 2.56-inch LCD displays. However, we don’t know the field of view of the Quest Pro, as this is likely to be announced during Meta’s Connect event. Because of this, we don’t know the pixel density of Meta Quest Pro.

While it is unconfirmed, Quest Pro will feature eye tracking, which means it is likely that dynamic foveated rendering will be integrated- vastly improving the visual clarity. The Pico 4 also comes with eye-tracking allowing for dynamic foveated rendering.

Tracking of the Pico 4 vs Quest Pro

Both headsets will be standalone featuring inside-out tracking from integrated cameras. The Pico 4 has been equipped with 5 cameras, this is broken down into 4 fisheye cameras located on the top and bottom corners of the headset, as well as one on the front panel. The front panel camera is not a fisheye camera it is a 16MP RGB Camera which allows for high quality color passthrough capabilities.

As of now, we don’t know the size of the tracking zone of Quest Pro, while the Pico 4 offers tracking for an area of 10×10 meters. The Pico 4’s tracking is excellent and is on par with the Oculus Quest 2. 

VR Expert - Pico 4 Gaming

Until the Quest Pro is officially launched it is difficult to state how good the tracking will be. Considering the Quest Pro is expected to be equipped with a total of 16 tracking cameras and knowing how good the previous Meta devices have been it is likely that the Quest Pro will have superior tracking. Along with the tracking it will also include color passthrough capabilities.

The Pico 4 will feature hand tracking and face tracking, however the Quest Pro is predicted to take this to the next level what the Pico 4 can do but with added eye tracking and body tracking. 

Nevertheless, Pico 4 will come with built-in hand tracking that we have yet to test to determine its quality. With Quest Pro being a premium device, the headset will come with 16 total tracking cameras. This means that hands, body, face, and eyes will be tracked on the Quest Pro.

VR Expert - Quest 2 hand tracking

For overall tracking the Quest Pro will likely have the edge over the Pico 4. When it comes to social VR which is a huge focus for Meta for the metaverse the Quest Pro will have the edge over the Pico 4  as it will allow for more gestures and realism to be added to your avatars through the added body tracking. However the need for 16 cameras to do this tracking is something that is not necessary for a truly immersive VR experience to occur. 

Controller differences on the Pico 4 and Quest Pro

The main difference between the controllers on Quest Pro and Pico 4 is that the Quest Pro controllers will have six infrared tracking cameras installed on them. While the controllers also will have a Qualcomm System-on-Chip and a rechargeable 3,200 mAH battery. In other words, the quality of tracking on the Quest Pro controllers will be better and more stable.

VR Expert - Quest Pro Controller

Aside from that, both controllers offer 6DoF tracking, with the Pico 4 controllers having a more comfortable form and button arrangement.

VR Expert - Pico 4 Controller

Furthermore, the Quest Pro controllers will mirror the innovative PlayStation Sense controllers and feature localized haptics in each button and palm rest. All in all, the Quest Pro controllers outshine the Pico 4 controllers.

Streaming on the Quest Pro vs Pico 4

The only way to connect Pico 4 with SteamVR to access its library of over 4000+ titles is by using a wireless WiFi 6 connection dongle, which may present difficulties. This is because the displayport input has been removed from the Pico 4. If however, it is of importance to have wired-streaming the Pico Neo 3 Link or Quest 2 remain good options. However, the WiFi 6 capabilities of the Pico 4 should be more than able to stream 4K, 90 Hz content to a screen. 

Regarding the Quest Pro the streaming options are not fully clear yet but considering the success of the Quest Link it is likely there will be a wired streaming option and most definitely a wireless streaming option. The quality of which will be to the standard found on the Quest 2 headsets

Content Comparison

The largest library of VR content and games is SteamVR. However, the Pico Store has increased the types of content it offers, which is beginning to equal what is offered on the Meta / Oculus Store. Both headsets will be able to access SteamVR and their own native app store. Each platform has a number of exclusive titles which may sway your choice.

The main difference will be the extra layers of immersion that will be possible with the devices on the existing content stores. For example how will the high level tracking including of users bodies by the Quest Pro differentiate Metas Horizon Worlds social VR platform to Pico Worlds which will only be able to use body tracking through extra accessories or external trackers. 

VR Expert - Pico Fitness

Pico has however shown a keen focus on the fitness sector launching its own native fitness application. Which is not included in the native OS of Meta to this point.

So which headset you choose is really dependent on what games you want and the capabilities you want out of your headset. 

Initial Setup on the Pico 4 and Quest Pro

Both headsets are standalone and the companies making them are well known for the easy and hassle free setup they offer. Both companies offer a companion app to make installation and setup even easier. 

VR Expert Quest 2 Guardian

Both require the creation of Pico or Meta account to download and install applications. It must be said that Meta has an imperfect reputation in regard to the collection of data and how they use it, so be aware of this fact.

The only unknown is how the mixed reality functionalities of the Quest Pro could add extra steps in the setup process increasing the time from opening the box to playing on it.

Price difference in Quest Pro and Pico 4

The price is one of the biggest differences between the devices. The Pico 4 comes in two variants of 128 GB with a cost of 429 euros and 256 GB with a cost of 499 euros. The Quest Pro is expected to marketed as a premium product due to its innovative features and will cost somewhere between 800 and 1000 euros per unit. 

The difference in price is mainly for the added capabilities in the realms of mixed reality, high fidelity tracking as well as its innovative body tracking technology in the Quest Pro.

VR Expert - Pico 4 vs Quest Pro

Conclusion

In conclusion when comparing the Pico 4 vs the Quest Pro, the decision on which to buy is simply a question of what you want out of the device. To make it easy to decide I created some categories to help you choose for yourself.

I want the most advanced standalone VR headset

If you simply want the most advanced standalone VR headset on the market the Quest Pro is your answer

I want the best all round standalone VR headset in terms of price and quality

If you want the best standalone VR headset that has top of the line specifications for a good price then the Pico 4 is the answer

I want more than just a standalone VR headset

If you want more than just a standalone VR headset but still with the VR capabilities then the Quest Pro is your way forward due to its mixed reality capabilities and extensive tracking.

I have a Oculus Quest 2 and want to upgrade my device for better tracking and the improved form factors

If you want to get the latest generation devices because your old device is breaking down or needs an upgrade then I recommend the Pico 4 with its improved tracking, comfort and the pancake lens optics.

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