PSVR 2 vs Pico 4 – Best VR Headset?

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What’s the difference between the PSVR 2 vs Pico 4? Well, we’ll go through all you need to know.

We’re now in a time where VR Headsets are largely available to anyone – no matter their budget. With a number of VR Headsets being necessary to play certain games, you might want to consider which headset to get. And right now, at the top of the market are the PS VR 2 and the Pico 4, so you might be wondering which is the one for you. Well, we’ll take a look at the main differences between them.

PSVR 2 vs Pico 4 – Price

One of the biggest caveats for the PSVR 2 is that you need to own a PS5 to use PSVR 2, since it connects directly to the console to share its CPU, RAM, and storage. This means that if you don’t already have a PS5, you’ll be paying a large startup cost of around $500. This will come as a blow to some, though if you already own a PS5, the blow is slightly less.

But on its own, the PSVR 2 will cost $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / ¥74,980.

Bad news for those in the US, ByteDance has not entered the US market, meaning the Pico 4 is currently unavailable if you’re based in the US. So far, you can buy it in Europe and East Asia.

If you’re based in the UK, you can cop the Pico 4 via Amazon for £376, making it considerably cheaper than PSVR 2.

PSVR 2 vs Pico 4 – features

Unlike the PSVR 2, the Pico 4 does not feature face and eye tracking, meaning it misses out on some of the brilliant immersive experiences the PS can provide in contrast.

With the PSVR 2 having a refresh rate capable of reaching 120Hz, combined with Samsung’s 4K OLED screen, this can truly lend to some highly immersive gameplay.

However some bad news, Sony has decided to exclude any backward compatibility for the PSVR 2. Meaning you can’t play any of the games for the first device – which might be a consideration considering the price tag on the PSVR 2 already being quite high.

Pico 4 connects to your PC, allowing you to access a whole library of Steam VR games, something PSVR 2 does not have access to. Pico 4 also boasts its own library of games, meaning you don’t need a PC or console to enjoy VR gaming. Though its 90Hz refresh rate isn’t quite on par with PSVR 2, but it’s more versatile use is enough to differentiate it from the opposition.

PSVR 2 vs Pico 4 – Specs

SpecificationsPSVR 2Pico 4
ProcessorCustom 7nm AMD Zen 2 CPUQualcomm Snapdragon XR2
Passthrough camerasNoHigh-resolution cameras with color passthrough (16MP)
ScreenHDR OLED panelsDual LCD panels
Resolution4000 x 2040 max resolution
(2000 x 2040 per eye)
4320 x 2160 max resolution (2,160 x 2,160 per eye)
LensesFresnel lensesPancake lenses (Thinner)
TrackingFour external cameras for Inside/Out TrackingFive external cameras for Inside/Out Tracking
Refresh Rate90Hz / 120Hz72Hz / 90Hz
Field of View110 degrees105° Horizontal
105° Vertical
IPD adjustmentAdjustable lens separation62-72mm (Automatic)
BatteryPowered by cable5300mAh
2-3 hours
20W charging
RAM512MB DDR4 RAM (Shared with PS5)8GB LPDDR4
Storage826GB (Shared with PS5)128GB, 256GB
Eye and face trackingOnly eye trackingNo

Final Comparison

Overall, if you have the money to spend and a PS5, then the PSVR 2 is certainly looking better. However, if you wanted a VR device for your PC instead and you’re not so fussed about the refresh rate, the Pico 4 is the ideal choice.

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