Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449

The Pimax 8K VR headset comes with dual 4K displays and a wide 200-degree field of view. (Source: Pimax)
The Pimax 8K VR headset comes with dual 4K displays and a wide 200-degree field of view. (Source: Pimax)
The Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax raised the US$200,000 funding goal in less then 2 hours, so the company is now expected to ship the first models in February 2018. The 8K headset comes with dual 4K displays and can be pre-ordered for US$449, while the 5K version integrates dual 2560x1440 displays and costs US$349.

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.

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-09-20 (Update: 2017-09-20)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.