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Meta Quest 3 vs. Pico 4: A comprehensive comparison

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In the dynamic landscape of virtual reality, the Meta Quest 3 and the Pico 4 are two formidable rivals. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of both VR headsets, highlighting features, performance and ease of use. For VR enthusiasts and newcomers to the technology alike, it is important to understand the subtle differences between these devices in order to make an informed decision.

The Meta Quest 3: A review

The Meta Quest 3 presents itself as a powerful, self-sufficient VR headset. It opens the doors to a wide range of VR films, apps and three-dimensional experiences and offers advanced mixed reality features. With an entry-level price of €500 for the 128 GB model, it positions itself as an upmarket option.

Key points of comparison with the Pico 4

Processing performance: Equipped with the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset, the Quest 3 offers twice the graphics performance of the XR2 Gen 1 of the Pico 4. This increase is particularly important for demanding gaming and VR experiences.

Display and resolution: Although both headsets offer a similar 4K+ resolution, the Quest 3 features slightly sharper color reproduction and contrast, which enhances the visual experience.


refresh rate: The Quest 3's 120 Hz refresh rate outperforms the Pico 4's 90 Hz, resulting in smoother image rendering. This is particularly beneficial for reducing motion sickness and enhancing the overall VR experience.


User interface and user experience: Both headsets use Android-based user interfaces, but the Quest 3 offers a more advanced mixed reality experience. Its faster view-through switching mode and a wider range of virtual environments contribute to a more immersive and enjoyable user experience. The mixed reality feature on the Quest 3 makes it possible to project virtual objects into the real world. For example, computer screens, games or other content can be placed in the room. There is no such feature on the Pico 4.


Design and construction: Both headsets have a similar physical design, but the Quest 3 offers additional sensors and a convenient physical IPD adjustment knob.


Controller: The Quest 3 controllers offer a more immersive experience through improved haptic feedback, a feature that is less pronounced on the Pico 4 controllers.


Battery life and charging speed: The Pico 4 scores with a longer battery life and faster charging, an important advantage for extended use.


Enterprise version of the Pico 4: A unique selling point of the Pico 4 is the availability of an enterprise version, specially developed for business applications. This offers more configuration options, an option that the Meta Quest 3 does not have. This aspect makes the Pico 4 particularly interesting for professional applications and companies. Read more:


Price considerations: The price of the Quest 3 increases significantly when you add accessories such as the Elite harness, making it a more expensive option compared to the Pico 4.



The Meta Quest 3 stands out as a significant improvement over the Pico 4, especially in terms of mixed reality features and superior processing power. It's the ideal choice for those looking for a premium VR experience, despite its higher price tag. In the end, the processing power wins out for me because you can clearly see the impact on visual quality in Quest 3 games of the superior graphics chip. 



Comparison of the Pico 4 VR glasses and Meta Quest 3 specs
FeaturePico 4 VR headsetMeta Quest 3
Display resolution2160 x 2160 per eye2064 x 2208 per eye
Refresh rateUp to 120 HzUp to 120 Hz
Field of View105 degrees110 degrees
Lens TypePancakePancake
TrackingInside-out trackingInside-out tracking
ControllersHandheld controllers with haptic feedbackHandheld controllers with haptic feedback
Weight197 grams503 grams
Snapdragon Chip TypeSnapdragon XR2 Gen1Snapdragon XR2 Gen2


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