Pico 4

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Pico 4
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Basic Info
Type head-mounted display
Subtype Standalone VR
Platform Pico Store
Manufacturer Pico
Announcement Date September 22, 2022
Release Date October 18, 2022
Price $430
Website picoxr.com
Predecessor Pico 3
Successor Pico 5
Operating System Pico OS 5.0 (Android)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
CPU Octa-core Kryo 585 (1 x 2.84 GHz, 3 x 2.42 GHz, 4 x 1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650
Storage 128 GB
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4
SD Card Slot No
Display 2 x LCD
Subpixel Layout RGB stripe
Resolution 2160x2160 per-eye
Refresh Rate 90 Hz
Horizontal FoV 104°
Visible FoV 104° (horizontal), 103° (vertical)
Rendered FoV 104° (horizontal), 104° (vertical), 122.16° (diagonal)
Binocular Overlap 104°
Average Pixel Density 20.76 PPD (horizontal), 20.76 PPD (vertical)
Peak Pixel Density 20.76 PPD
Foveated Rendering No
Optics Pancake lenses
Ocularity Binocular
IPD Range 62-72 mm
Adjustable Diopter No
Passthrough 16MP RGB camera
Tracking 6 DoF Inside-out
Base Stations No
Eye Tracking No
Face Tracking No
Hand Tracking Yes
Body Tracking No
Audio Integrated stereo speakers
Microphone Yes
3.5mm Audio Jack No
Ports USB Type-C
Wired Video USB Type-C
Wireless Video WiFi streaming
WiFi WiFi 6 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.1
Battery Capacity 5300 mAh
Battery Life 3 hours
Weight 295g (without headstrap), 586g (with headstrap)
Material Plastic, foam facial interface
Headstrap Hard padded retractable strap
Haptics No
Color White / grey
Input 2 x Pico 4 Controller

The Pico 4 is a virtual reality headset developed by Pico Interactive, a company under ByteDance, the creator of TikTok. It positions itself as a direct competitor to the Meta Quest 2, offering a range of features and specifications aimed at enhancing the virtual reality experience. The headset has garnered attention for its innovative design, visual capabilities, and unique features, as well as for certain limitations and concerns.


The Pico 4 VR headset distinguishes itself with a slimmer and lighter visor compared to many of its contemporaries. This design choice not only impacts the aesthetic appeal of the device but also contributes significantly to user comfort during extended use. The device features a Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 chipset, which, while common in similar devices, presents certain performance limitations.

Design and Comfort

Physical Build

The Pico 4's design is notable for its lightweight and compact form. The visor, weighing approximately 295 grams without straps, offers a significant reduction in weight compared to similar models. The device's rigid strap, which is non-removable, integrates the battery into the rear, aiding in weight balance and overall comfort. However, this design choice limits customization options for users who might prefer third-party alternatives.

Facial Interface

Pico 4's facial interface utilizes a breathable fabric, akin to the material used in the Oculus Go, providing a gentler and more comfortable experience compared to the foam interfaces commonly found in other VR headsets.

Visual and Display Capabilities

Field of View and Lenses

One of the Pico 4's standout features is its field of view, which is both wider and taller than many of its competitors, including the Quest 2. This expanded field of view, attributed to the device's larger lens size, significantly enhances the immersive experience in VR. The headset utilizes pancake lenses, which are noted for their sharpness in both the center and periphery. However, these lenses have been reported to cause discomfort for users with narrower interpupillary distances (IPDs), potentially crushing against the nose when adjusted below 62mm.

Resolution and Color Representation

While the Pico 4 boasts a higher resolution than some of its competitors, this increase is not always noticeably perceptible in practice. The device's color representation has drawn criticism for appearing washed out and darker, a possible side effect of the pancake lenses.

Performance and Tracking

The use of the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 chipset in the Pico 4, while common, has led to performance issues, particularly when rendering more complex visuals. This has resulted in frame drops in some VR applications, which can be discomforting to users. The device's tracking capabilities, however, have been generally well-received, with precise controller tracking noted in fast-paced VR games.

User Interface and Setup

The Pico 4's system software bears a resemblance to that of the Quest's interface, with a familiar layout for users who have experience with Meta's VR systems. The UI is described as snappy and responsive, although it lacks some of the polished touches, such as haptic feedback on the virtual keyboard, found in other systems. Setting up the device requires inputting details via tracked controllers, a process that some users might find cumbersome.

Passthrough and Mixed Reality Features

The Pico 4 offers a full-color passthrough, a step up from the black and white passthrough seen in some other VR headsets. However, the lack of depth correctness in the passthrough view can lead to distortion and discomfort during movement, limiting its effectiveness for mixed reality applications.

Software and Content

The Pico Store, while growing, currently offers a smaller selection of native VR applications compared to stores like the Quest Store. However, the Pico 4 supports wireless and wired SteamVR streaming, allowing access to a broader range of PC VR content. The device's content library is expanding, with several popular titles already available and more expected to be added post-launch.