The world’s first 8K virtual reality headset didn’t even need 24 hours to reach its Kickstarter goal of $200,000. With 43 days to go at the moment, the project has reached over $770,000. Very promising!Pimax has a 4K display for each eye, which means you’ll get a much sharper vision. The field of vision has also roughly doubled compared to the company’s 4K prodect (more than 30000 units shipped in 6 month) to wrap around into your peripheral vision. Pimax’s screen resolution and 200 degree FoV will make HTC Vive and Oculus Rift feel sort of outdated to say the least.
The Pimax 8K doesn’t suffer the same resolution and FOV limitations that the Rift and Vive do. Pimax installed two OLED displays in its upcoming 8K headset to offer independent 4K visuals for each eye. The Rift and Vive also offer two-screen setups, but their 1920 x 1200 display resolution pales in comparison to the 3840 x 2160 pixels that Pimax offers per eye.
Latency and refresh rates are also apparently low therefore reducing motion sickness. What’s more, Pimax aims to become an open platform that is fully compatible with Steam VR and Oculus VR, as well as their base stations and controllers. To serve this purpose, their SDK is openly available.
If you’re an early adopter, it will cost you $499 to get an 8K Pimax headset, without the additional base stations and controllers to use with. If you need to buy these peripherals as well, prepare to shell out $799. The first batch of Pimax 8K is planned to ship in December 2018.
Check out the Pimax 8K VR Headset Kickstarter page.