Pico G2 4k compared with Oculus Quest

I’m starting with my conclusion that the Pico G2 4k is more comparable to the Oculus Go than it is to the Oculus Quest.

Both the Oculus Go and the Pico G2 4k use only one hand controller or the buttons on the HMD. While the Oculus Quest has two hand controllers and designed for more physical movement while in VR. All three have strong pros and cons. Your choice should be based on your own big picture regarding your own available resources and goals.

If you are an XR developer or producer you will probably need all three of the devices depending on your client base. If you are a non-developer that just wants to watch netflix while in VR, the Oculus Go will probably keep you happy. If you are an avid gamer & frequent traveler or flyer accustomed to high end VR experiences and want to try mobile gaming in VR, the current Oculus Quest will probably be your best option as of Saturday May 25th, 2019. If you are developing location based enterprise VR solutions for well funded clients (museums, universities, factories), the Pico G2 4K might be the best option for you, with it’s Kiosk mode.

Oculus QuestPico G2 4k
Kiosk Mode:
No

Wireless:
Yes

PC Required:
No

Phone Required:
Yes

Resolution:
1440 x 1600 per eye 

Refresh Rate:
72Hz

CPU:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

Weight:
571g

Storage:
64G or 128G

Content:
Oculus Store

Tracking:
3DoF

Hands free Controls:
Yes

External Cameras:
No

Hygiene:
Replaceable PU face inserts. Purchase cleaning wipes, paper or cloth face masks for each user, purchase new inserts.

Dev SDKs:
Unity3d
Android Studio

Price: usd
$399
$499
Kiosk Mode:
Yes!

Wireless:
Yes

PC Required:
No

Phone Required:
No

Resolution:
4k LCD Display
3840 x 2160 screen resolution.

Refresh Rate:
75Hz and appi of 818

CPU:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Weight:
278g

Storage:
32G

Content:
Pico Store, Viveport

Tracking:
3DoF

Hands free Controls: Yes

External Cameras:
No

Hygiene:
Replaceable PU face inserts. Purchase cleaning wipes, paper or cloth face masks for each user, purchase new inserts.

Dev SDKs:
Unity3d
UnReal

Price: usd
$

Pico Shipping, Un-Boxing & First Setup

The package arrived from China to our mailbox in the USA within about two weeks after I registered in the Qualcomm & Pico XR Innovation Application Contest

The package contained everything expected (VR device, controller, batteries, controller, usb charger & cable, a few small paper documents and a cleaning cloth.

I plugged the VR device into a usb charger for about 15 minutes while I put the batteries in the controller and read some more of the Pico SDK for Unity documentation and reviewed what the different buttons on the device and controller are for.

I turned on the Pico G2 4k, put it on my face with minor adjustments to the side straps and saw a screen with asian and english characters that guided me to set the device language (I chose english) and then the screen dialogues guided me to do a software update if the device was fully charged. I selected the button to update the software ( pui 3.1.0 release date 5/17/2019_ on the device and set everything aside for about a half hour.

Later I put the device on again, saw it was updated and looked around at the screens filled with various options to download new VR apps and change device settings. The screen was about half Asian language dialect and half English language. I was able to find my way around to look at the software store options (HTC Viveport and Pico Store). The Pico store does not allow us to enter a phone number (required to register) and no one at Pico support (email) are able to provide any hints or information about what phone format their registration forms might be wanting. We spent alot of time on researching & guessing what phone format the Pico VR store and the Pico VR Development program registration forms might want. We sent many emails back and forth with Pico – no one from Pico is able to provide any hints on what phone format their registration requires nor why their registration forms are not accepting any of the modern industry standard phone formats nor are they able to allow us to register as a Pico VR developer nor Pico VR Store user (for about 4 weeks now). Total road block.