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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.
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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
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1541 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-09-20 (Update: 2017-09-20)