Pimax 8K VR headset hands on

We’ve seen a number of VR headsets pop up on the market over the last couple of years, most of which attempt to rival the likes of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift but come up short. And while most of them try to make their stake with various gimmicks or low prices, it’s rare that we see a headset that can actually compete with the top dogs in terms of quality.

That’s until Pimax broke onto the scene. The company created what it calls an “8K VR Headset” with one 4K panel in each eye. It runs at 90 Hz like the other major options on the market, but gives the user a field of view of 200 degrees, larger than any other option currently available.

The headset works with Steam VR, so you’re able to play any game that you can play on the HTC Vive. Because the field of view is greater than on other headsets though, the image mirrored to your computer won’t even show all of what you’re seeing in your headset. We’ll have to see if Valve updates Steam VR to correct for this issue, but until then this isn’t going to be much of a group VR experience.

The Pimax 8K VR headset also works as a modular developer platform, giving other manufacturers and developers the opportunity to create attachments that plug directly into the headset’s USB Type-C port.

Leap Motion is currently working with Pimax to get its attachment out to consumers, which uses specialized cameras to track your hands in a virtual space. I got to test this attachment during my time with the product, and I have to say it tracked my hands incredibly well, and I’m excited to see more modules developed for the platform.

The company is launching on Kickstarter today, and is aiming to hit its goal of $200,000 by the end of its run. You can pick up a 5k headset for $399 after the Kickstarter ends, while it’ll cost you $599 to get the 8k version.

Check out the video above to see our first hands on with the product, and make sure to stay tuned to VR Source for more information as it becomes available.

  1. Looks great mate. 8k Is defined as 32mp not 16mp. It would be 2×2 4k panels, not 2×1. they should define it as 7680x 2160

  2. After so many failed Kickstarter and Indiegogo tech products and outright scams I have to question the ethics of any company that use one to launch a new project. The ones I have tracked have mostly ended in failure with the backers not receiving anything. You are far better off waiting for the product to hit the market, watch real end user reviews on YouTube and then make a purchase decision. Even if it costs you more you will end up with a real working product in your hands instead of years of promises, frustration and grief. Did you know that credit card companies will not refund your purchase if a Kickstarter project fails or the company goes out of business? Did you know that if the company does go bankrupt that Kickstarter backers are considered to be donors and not creditors putting them at the back of the line to get any remaining funds (fat chance)? Please don’t make the same mistake that so many others have. Only buy real shipping and reviewed products.

    • Just about to respond to this then realized it’s my old sparring partner Mr Granger,well hope you change your mind with consumer version mid 2018.

      Nearing end of campaign so far 4.2 million it seems honesty really is the best policy a rare commodity in business these days.

      • My beef is mostly with Kickstarter and Indiegogo. I don’t feel that the people who contribute to campaigns with promised products as perks have any idea the kind of risk they are taking. It is like gambling. I would say that of all the crowdfunded tech products, Pixmax has one of the greatest chances of success. However given the state of those platforms, it is hard to justify using them to launch a legitimate product these days. There are just far too many scams and failures with Kickstarter/Indiegogo doing almost nothing to prevent them or help users get refunds.

        • Talledega Knight November 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm

          Yeah I understand the risk element,there has been a lot of fraud amongst thousands of genuine projects,it’s a shame but it was inevitable that a few bag eggs would emerge from the KS boom times.

          But you need to take each project and do some risk management,Pimax already have shifted thousands of units,won acclaim for the 4K,notably it has the best resolution of any VR headset so less SDE.

          And yes it’s a gamble but a calculated risk,I may myself may have not backed the 8K if I had not already owned the 4K,which for the price I got it at the time gives any VR HMD a run for it’s money so I have the benefit of owning a Pimax product.

          The 8K is a stellar leap in VR tech,many have said it is hard to go back to there 110 FOV it’s been compared to when a color blind person views color for the first time through special glasses it a game changer.And as far as I can tell nobody else is taking risks only Star VR is on the same level and that could be years away.

        • I wrote elsewhere that I think that Pimax has among the greatest chances of success for a crowdfunded project due to the fact that they are demonstrating prototypes to members of the press and bloggers. Some of their answers to technical questions are vague but the product is still in development. However none of this changes the fact that most people who contribute on Kickstarter using a credit card do not know that credit card companies do not offer refunds if the product is delayed, does not do what it is promised or never ships. That’s why I ask why Pimax could not have got funding from investors or a bank and released their product through retailers that do offer refunds if anything goes wrong? I would guess that the chance that backers all receive their Pimax headsets are better than 50/50 but that’s still too risky for me. Better get an excellent product a bit later than take the gamble.

        • Talledega Knight November 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

          Well it seems Pimax are not new to the funding route,it seems in the early days this is how they gained the finance for the 4K,this is a very interesting read.

          Also on the KS forums they have stressed that the campaign,was only originally thought to cover some costs,they have enough finance to produce units as of now.
          But they did not reckon on the campaign being so effective they admit they are still a bit shocked how well it went. 😉


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