The Pico 4 is easily the best mobile VR headset you can get now. You get a nice sharp 2K display, motion controllers that work well, and snappy performance. You also get built-in speakers, and wireless streaming from your PC — but more on that in a bit.
- Qualcomm XR2 with 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage
- 4,320 x 2,160 pixels (2,160 x 2,160 per eye), 105-degree FOV, 72Hz/90Hz
- 6DoF haptic motion controller
- 5300mAh on headset, controllers use 2x AA batteries
Specs-wise, the Pico 4 easily beats Meta's Quest 2. It has a higher resolution, wider FOV, more RAM, but is heavier by a bit. You won't notice that, however, as the headset sits pretty balanced. You can also use glasses with the headset, though you will need to add an extra frame (provided) for space. Tracking on both controllers is great and accurate. The Pico 4 didn't feel warm after about 30 minutes of continuous use. That's sort of my limit before I have to exit the VR world.
Once you're wearing the headset, the Pico 4 is immersive. Every time you start, you can set up a virtual boundary, and the floor level. You can also customise the boundary by drawing it with the controller. The display is crisp, and you can choose from three different VR environments. The main feature of the UI is the app store, which lets you browse apps you can buy. These range from free to around S$30. Most games cost S$30. The headset comes with four bundled games. A zombie apocalypse called After The Fall, an Alice-in-Wonderland adventure called Down the Rabbit Hole, and two exercise games, OhShape, and All-in-One Sport.
These games are pretty fun, while the exercise games will also add to the headset's fitness tracking. If you have PC VR games, you can use Pico's free Streaming Assistant to connect to your PC. However, the quality isn't the best, and sometimes the stream will become a blurry mess. If you want the best PC VR experience, get the S$30 Virtual Desktop instead. I tested this, and it works great. It also supports SteamVR. The headset's 5,300mAh battery lasts for around 3 hours depending on your usage.
At S$499 (128GB) or S$599 (256GB), the Pico 4 VR Headset is a great buy if you want to experience VR. However, as with most VR headsets, the novelty may wear off, and it may end up sitting somewhere in your cabinet collecting dust. Get it from Lazada or Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Pico.
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