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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 120 Hz refresh rate of the Quest 3 exceeds the 90 Hz of the Pico 4, resulting in smoother image rendering. This is particularly beneficial for reducing motion sickness and enhancing the overall VR experience. For games that require fast reactions, the high frame rate makes a difference.

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 choice 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. Here are details on mixed reality games at the Quest.

Mixed Reality on Quest 3: The innovation that Pico 4 lacks 


What advantages does mixed reality offer?

  • Extended play options: Virtual objects can interact with the real environment, e.g. by placing virtual furniture in your living room.
  • Fitness and training: MR apps enable interactive fitness experiences in which virtual trainers or obstacles are superimposed on the real environment.
  • Productivity and collaboration: Virtual models can be viewed and edited in the real environment, opening up new possibilities for design and collaboration.

Design and construction: Both headsets have a similar physical design, but the Quest 3 offers additional sensors and a handy physical IPD adjustment knob. The quest 3 has a LiDAR depth sensor of the  Enables more precise Hand Tracking and more seamless integration of digital objects into the environment for mixed reality applications. 

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.

Pico 4 vs Quest 3: Software in a duel When choosing between Pico 4 and Quest 3 the software plays a decisive role. A comparison of the software on offer between the Pico 4 and the Quest 3 clearly shows that Meta offers a much more extensive selection of VR content with the Quest 3. Meta has invested heavily in the expansion of its Oculus Store, making exclusive titles such as "Assassin's Creed VR" and "Beat Saber" available, which are not playable on the Pico 4 due to their high performance requirements and exclusive contracts.
While the Pico 4 strives to offer a wide range of apps and games, the range remains limited compared to the Quest 3. The Quest 3 has more powerful hardware, which enables developers to create more complex and graphically sophisticated games. Meta has also secured exclusive contracts with developers for popular titles such as "Beat Saber", which makes the Quest 3 even more attractive.

Enterprise version of the Pico 4: A unique selling point of the Pico 4 is the availability of an enterprise version of the headset, specially developed for business applications. This offers significantly 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 Pico 4 at about 350 €while the Quest 3 round 550 € costs. Although the Quest 3 is more expensive, it offers the better overall package in terms of graphics and performance. For VR users who value a comprehensive and powerful experience, the Quest 3 is the more attractive choice despite its higher price.


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, 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. Pico 4 is the choice for VR enthusiasts who are looking at the price. It should also be noted that the Pico 4 came onto the market a year before Quest 3 and in the world of VR hardware, older models are usually significantly inferior to newer ones.  


Quest 3, Pico 4 specifications at a glance

Feature Pico 4 VR headset Meta Quest 3
Display resolution 2160 x 2160 per eye 2064 x 2208 per eye
Refresh rate 90 Hz Up to 120 Hz
Field of View 105 degrees 110 degrees
Lens Type Pancake Pancake
Lidar sensor Nope Yes
Tracking Inside-out tracking Inside-out tracking
Controllers Handheld controllers with haptic feedback Handheld controllers with haptic feedback
Weight 297 grams 503 grams
Price 350€ 500€
Snapdragon Chip Type Snapdragon XR2 Gen1 Snapdragon XR2 Gen2
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