Pico G2 4K VR Headset Review

Pico G2 4K VR Headset Review

At the CES 2019, Pico Interactive launched the very first all-in-one VR headset with a 4K display, the Pico G2 4K. When designing the successor to the Pico G2, Pico has taken extra account of its business use.

That’s why we think it’s time for a comprehensive review. Is this the best all-in-one VR headset for business applications? We assess the Pico G2 4K in 5 areas: image quality, ease of use, content, operating system and battery, weight, price.

Image quality

To be able to give an opinion on the image quality of the Pico G2 4K, we compare it to other all-in-one VR headsets (3dof). What immediately stands out is that the Pico G2 4K is the first all-in-one headset in its category with a 4K screen either.  Pico have not compromised on quality in other parts of the screen. For example, the field of view and the refresh rate are the same or better than the other all-in-one VR headsets.

 The higher resolution leads to significantly better image quality while the VR continues to run smoothly and the viewing angle remains large. You especially notice the superior image quality when you play high-resolution 360-degree videos.

The LCD screen ensures that the colors look good and are comparable with the quality of the Oculus Go. In conclusion, the image quality is clearly a big plus for the Pico G2 4K!

ScreenPico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
Resolution3840 x 21602880 x 16002560 x 14402560 x 1440
PPI (pixels per inch)818615538534
Type of screenLCDLCDLCDLCD
Refresh Rate75HZ90HZ75HZ75HZ
FOV101100100100

Ease of use

When unpacking the Pico G2 4K you immediately notice that you can get started right away without having to create an account (an account is needed if you want to download or purchase applications from the Pico Store). No need to create an account is especially useful with large numbers of VR headsets, because creating many accounts can be a time-consuming job.

 In addition, you can choose to use the Pico G2 4K headset without a controller, you then control the headset by looking. This is great for events. Unlike the Oculus Go, it is not necessary to calibrate it every time you put on the Pico G2 4K.

This allows you to prepare Pico G2 4K and let people use it without having to give them instructions. Do you want to calibrate anyway? This is possible trough a button on the side of the headset. A smart invention!

 That Pico has thought carefully about the ease of use is also reflected in the face mask made of soft plastic (pu). This makes the headset comfortable and easy to clean.

A wipe with a cleaning cloth and the VR headset is clean again! A big plus if several people put on the headset consecutively.

  • No account needed to get started
  • Possible to control by looking instead of the controller
  • No need to calibrate every time
  • Easy to clean
Ease of usePico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
Account RequiredNoNoYesYes
Control without controllerYesYesNoNo
Calibration screen requiredNoNoYesNo
Calibration button on headsetYesYesNoNo
Calibration button on controllerYesYesYesYes
Plastic cover (PU)YesYesNoNo

Content

Available content seems to be the least strong point of the Pico G2 4K. The Pico Store is located on the headset itself. Due to the clear business focus of the Pico G2 4K, this store is only moderately filled. Enough business applications can be found, but few fun entertainment experiences.

 Therefore, carefully consider what you want to play on the Pico G2 4K before you get started. Because Pico G2 4K has an open Android system, converting existing applications is relatively easy. Furthermore, most business applications support the Pico G2 4K headset.

  • Little entertainment content available in the Pico Store
ContentPico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
StorePico Store + ViveportPico Store + ViveportOculus StoreGoogle Play store
VR-sync.comYesYesYesYes
Lookandplay.ioYesYesYesYes

Operating system

The menu and navigation of the Pico G2 4K are not very special and are very similar to that of the Oculus Go. The Pico G2 4K runs on Android 8.1, making the headset easily accessible to developers. A custom layer from Pico runs on top of the Android operating system.

There are software development kits available for Unity and Unreal Engine, documentation about which can be found here . The documentation is not always complete but a lightly experienced VR developer can handle it without any problems.

 Kiosk Mode

Furthermore, the Pico G2 4K supports kiosk mode for VR. This means that the VR headset can be set up in such a way that the desired application is opened immediately upon start-up. This is very useful for business use because it ensures that users cannot get lost. This reduces the support that is needed in the rollout. The Android operating system also allows you to easily implement remote device management.

  • Android operating system which gives developers easy access.
  • Kiosk mode
  • Documentation can still be improved
Pico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
OSOpen android 8.1 + Custom UIOpen android 6.0Oculus GO OSDaydream
CPUSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835Snapdragon 821Snapdragon 835
DOF3 dull3 dull3 dull3 dull
Unity SDKYesYesYesYes
Unreal SDKYesYesYesYes

Battery, weight & Price

The battery of the Pico G2 4K lasts approximately 2.5 hours. This is comparable to other all-in-one VR headsets. Charging takes approximately 60-70 minutes. Interestingly, the Pico G2 4K has incorporated the battery in the headstrap. This makes the headset at the front of your head a lot lighter.
Because the battery is on the back of your head, the weight is also much better distributed, which gives a better user experience. The disadvantage of this choice is that it is not possible to use the Pico G2 4K without a headband.

The standard price of the Pico G2 4K is higher than the Pico G2 and the Oculus Go . For business use, however, this is quickly recovered because it is much easier to use and offers the sharpest image quality. Also, there is no need to purchase a VR cover (€ 35 EUR) because the face mask is already removable.

  • Battery life approximately 2.5 hours
  • Headset feels much lighter because the battery is incorporated in headstrap
Pico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
Battery3500 mAh (2-2.5 hours)3500 mAh (2-2.5 hours)2600 mAh (2 hours)4000 mAh (2.5 hours)
Weight278 grams268 grams468 grams645 grams
Price€ 375€ 325€ 220€ 580

Conclusion

In all aspects of the Pico G2 4K you will find that it is made for business use. The ease of use in combination with the high resolution makes the Pico G2 4K VR headset worth to buy for all-in-one vr headset in the market for business use. Training, events, experience centers, onboarding, it will all be a lot easier with the Pico G2 4K. The headset is absolutely worth its money!

Pico G2 4KPico G2Oculus GoLenovo Mirage
Screen
Resolution3840 x 21602880 x 16002560 x 14402560 x 1440
PPI (pixels per inch)818615538534
Type of screenLCDLCDLCDLCD
Refresh Rate75HZ90HZ75HZ75HZ
FOV101100100100
Ease of use
Account RequiredNoNoYesYes
Control without controllerYesYesNoNo
Calibration screen requiredNoNoYesNo
Calibration button on headsetYesYesNoNo
Calibration button on controllerYesYesYesYes
Plastic VR coverYesYesNoNo
Content
StorePico Store + ViveportPico Store + ViveportOculus StoreGoogle Play store
VR-sync.comYesYesYesYes
Lookandplay.ioYesYesYesYes
Operating system
OSOpen android 8.1 + Custom UIOpen android 6.0Oculus GO OSDaydream
CPUSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835Snapdragon 821Snapdragon 835
DOF3 dull3 dull3 dull3 dull
Unity SDKYesYesYesYes
Unreal SDKYesYesYesYes
Others
Battery3500 mAh (2-2.5 hours)3500 mAh (2-2.5 hours)2600 mAh (2 hours)4000 mAh (2.5 hours)
Weight278 grams268 grams468 grams645 grams
Price€ 375€ 325€ 220€ 580
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