Pimax has been one of the most hyped VR headsets last year where they raised over $4 million through Kickstarter.
The company has promised that their 8K headset will offer 200° Field of Vision (FOV), which is far closer to matching the natural human FOV of 220°. It will also come equipped with 2X (3840 x 2160) screens with less than 15ms latency in their consumer version products.
Pimax 8K is close to double the field of view seen in the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. They also provide almost triple the resolution size of the two leading headsets. Pimax has around 16.6 million pixels compared to the 2.6 million pixels seen on the Rift and Vive.
With all these promises made to backers, Pimax is now working hard on fulfilling these features for the consumer version HMD. Pimax once stated that the headsets will ship some time in January but that timeframe now looks to be pushed back.
In their forum, the team states that they’ll be using CES to collect feedbacks to further improve the 8K headset. “After CES, our Pimax R&D team will move on to debug the headset and improve the algorithm and make sure software is ready before we start to ship anything,” said one of the Pimax team members. “Our project team will evaluate risks, and announce the shipping plan for the first batch. Then, our Pimax community marketing team will arrange close demos with VR enthusiasts, and ship a very small batch to the leaders in Pimax community and volunteers before shipping larger volume.”
There has been mixed emotions to this announcement where some people are disappointed with the announcement and others telling them to take their time to do it right. “The current ETA is Q2, we will update the status of X asap,” said one of the Pimax team members.
Pimax will be updating their shipping plans some time this month but it looks like you will have to wait until March at the earliest to receive the Pimax VR headset. They have also mentioned that the Pimax 8K VR headset is stable at 80Hz. They aim to provide 90Hz and might take a little bit of time in R&D to figure everything out.
You can check out what Linus Tech Tips thought of the Pimax VR headset. Palmer Luckey was also able to check out the prototype.