China-based virtual reality headset maker famous for their 4K headset have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raised funding to release their latest VR device, the Pima 5K and 8K VR headsets. The company successfully surpassed their original goal of $200,000 in just two hours after the campaign went live, and Pimax is on the way to pass $1.5 million in funding with 3 more weeks remains in the crowdfunding campaign. The new milestone also unlocks an additional stretch goal which promises integrating cooling fan for the headset and optional prescription add-on lens, particular great for those people who wish to enjoy VR without wearing glasses.
One of the biggest attraction of this headset is the claimed 200 degree field of view which proved to be both helpful and impressive for peripheral view during RoadtoVR’s hands-on review.
As one of the earliest adopters of Valve’s SteamVR Tracking standard, the headset will also hook into existing Vive basestations and motion controllers, although some funding tiers provide own Pimax basestations and controllers.
All these factors without a doubt lead to the funding campaign overall success, which is still go very strong with weeks left before a successful closing.
On the less positive side noted by RoadtoVR, the actual input for the 8K VR headset is only 2,560 × 1,440 each eye, which is then upscaled to 3,840 × 2,160 per eye, so the headset is not truly rendering at the display's full resolution. However, the company offers another version of the device that does integrate upscale that renders at full resolution display, but suggest that the requirement requires at least a GTX 1080 Ti to power. There are also concerns about how games can actually render the headset’s 200 degree field of view, as hands-on reviews suggest that noticeable stretching FOV was seeing to fit.
Regardsless, the Pimax headset seems to be maximizing everything out the the modern day display tech and GPUs, which is why the company is utilizing a software technique they call “Brainwarp” that renders images one display at a time ay 150/180 times per second. Pimax note users perceive a compete 8K at 150/180Hx with high frame rate and that it reduces latency and refresh rate, and minimized GPU pressure for the 8K headset.
The company is very honored to be supported by such as passionate VR community which makes them more than certain that they are striving for the same goals.