TikTok's Parent Goes Gunning For Meta Quest 2 With Its Low Cost Pico 4 VR Headset
The Pico 4 runs on the same Qualcomm XR2 platform with its Adreno 650 GPU as the Meta Quest 2, but it has 8GB of RAM—2GB more than Meta's headset. It also uses the same "inside-out" approach to tracking as the Quest 2, so you don't have to deal with external sensor towers. One of the big issues with the Quest 2 is how front-heavy it is, but ByteDance says it's addressed that with the Pico 4. It has a hefty 5,300mAh battery, but it's mounted to the strap on the back of the headband. Some Quest 2 users have taken to adding supplementary batteries to the strap because it helps balance the headset while also boosting the 5,000mAh battery.
On the display front, Pico outdoes the Quest 2. It sports a resolution of 4,320 x 2,160 per eye to the Quest 2's 1832 x 1920 per eye. The device has four cameras and can do full-color passthrough video. Both the resolution and passthrough are closer to what we expect from Meta's upcoming Project Cambria headset, which will be priced several times higher than the Quest 2—reports are predicting well over $1,000. Pico promises slimmer pancake lenses, which are one of the primary improvements slated for Cambria (possibly to be branded as Meta Quest Pro), and the interpupillary distance (IPD) will be fully adjustable with a motorized slider.
All that's not to say the Pico 4 is going to crush the Quest 2 on price. It's launching with 128GB of storage for €429 (around $422). A version with 256GB of storage boosts that to €499 (approximately $491). Meta recently raised the price of the Quest 2 to $399. There will also be some accessories coming next year, like a fitness tracker and carrying case.