The very promising world’s first 8K virtual reality headset didn’t even need 24 hours to reach its Kickstarter goal of $200,000. In the time span of just 43 days, the project has reached over $770,000 and it truly does feel like a next generation headset!
The new Pimax 8K VR boasts two OLED displays, with a 4K display for each eye, and a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, that amounts to 16.6 million pixels in total which in return gives you a much sharper vision. In addition to being compatible with USB 3.0 data transfers and having two 3.5mm audio jacks, Pimax 8K VR also supports the refreshed rates of 75 and 90Hz per eye, or 150 and 180Hz with Brainwarp. We can say that Pimax's screen resolution and 200 degree field of view that gives you a sense of presence will definitely make HTC Vive and Oculus Rift feel outdated. The headset on its very own requires a relatively capable computer in order to operate, with users that are expected to have a rig featuring the Nvidia GTX 980, GTX 1070, AMD R9 Nano, or a GPU of equivalent power at the very least.
Latency and refresh rates are also said to be low that reduce motion sickness and also exhibit no lags when viewing panoramic images or video recordings making the VR experience as smooth as possible. What’s even more is, Pimax aims to become an open platform, fully compatible with Steam VR and Oculus VR along with their base stations and controllers. And to serve this very purpose, their SDK is openly available.
Amongst all the VR headsets that were shown off at CES this year, PIMAX's new prototype stood out off the crowd straightaway as its motion-to-photon latency now amounts to less than 15ms, also entirely eliminating the previous ghosting glitches. The final product is also said to be comparatively lighter than the latest version of HTC Vive headset that tips the scales at approx. 470 grams.
In addition to everything that we know, Pimax also asserts that its HMD will support a wide variety of attachments including the one that will eventually allow the headset to become wireless, which is aimed to be released in July 2018. There will also be attachments that will include fans to keep users cool. What more could we ask for?
This device was not only designed to be as versatile as possible, but also aimed at supporting both seated and standing virtual reality experiences, including hand motion and room-wide positional tracking. The Pimax VR is also meant to be compatible with Steam, PiHome and Oculus Home content which can be accessed with a third-party tool.
If you’re early, then it will cost you $499 to get an 8K Pimax headset, without the additional base stations and controllers. But if you wish to buy these peripherals as well, then you better prepare to shell out $799 more.
The highly awaited first batch of Pimax 8K is said to be shipped in December 2018 and the 200 degree field of view is definitely something that you can't go back from. It is truly a game changer you can say.
Pimax - 8K VR Headset with 200° Field of View:
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