Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449
The maximum resolution for the upcoming VR headsets announced by Oculus, HTC and Microsoft ranges between dual 1080p and 1440 x 1440. However, Pimax thinks VR headsets should benefit from larger resolution displays for a better immersive experience, and its latest 8K VR headsets stands as solid proof. Pimax first presented the 8K VR headset at IFA this year as a prototype, but the company did not mention anything about a commercial release. The latest Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax informs about a possible 2018 release. The fact that the initial US$200,000 funding goal was exceeded in less than 2 hours after the campaign launch should now ensure the 2018 release.
Pimax is also offering a 5K VR headset version, but this one does not seem to be of too much interest, as almost all the Kickstarter backers are pre-ordering the 8K model. Unfortunately, at these high resolutions, Pimax could’t make standalone headsets, and the additional processing power requirements are quite steep: 16GB of RAM, at least a gen 7 Core i7 CPU, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU or better. The 5K headset (dual 2560x1440 displays) appears to be running fine on a GTX 1070 GPU or an R9 Nano GPU from AMD.
Most outstanding features of Pimax’s latest 8K VR headset include:
• Dual 3840 x 2160 displays (16.6 million pixels in total)
• 200 degrees field of view
• Customized low persistence liquid display technology
• Less than 15 ms motion to photon latency
• 75 / 90 Hz refresh rate per eye (extendable to 150 / 180 Hz with Brainwarp)
• DisplayPort 1.4 and USB 3.0 interfaces
• Stereo headphones
The 5K headset can be pre-ordered for US$349, while the 8K version is priced at US$449. For the base station and motion tracker package you’ll have to pledge US$699 and US$799, respectively. With the funding goal already exceeded, Pimax is expected to make the first shipment in February 2018.