The Pimax 8K with 200° FOV may become the best VR headset in the world

September 25, 2017

The Pimax 8K with 200° FOV may become the best VR headset in the world

Modern virtual reality headsets work quite well. They brought virtual reality not just to tech fans, but to the consumer level as well. And this is for the first time in decades of fruitless attempts. But this is only the first generation of devices that need improvement. While the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are completing their two-year life cycle, they are gradually pushed away by fresh new models.

The Chinese company Pimax Technology introduced the most advanced virtual reality headset on the market. This innovative VR headset is called Pimax 8K. 

The manufacturer took into account that the effect of immersion in virtual reality depends heavily on the quality of the image, the field of view, the delay time, the refresh rate and other parameters. Therefore, for the majority of these metrics, the Pimax solution significantly exceeds the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive - the most popular VR headsets. In addition, this is the world's first VR headset with a resolution of 8K!

On the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, with great success passed the collection of funds for the world's first virtual reality headset with an 8K resolution and 200° FOV. With an initial budget of $200,000, five times more has already been collected - $1,048,504, and there are 39 days left before the end of the project. The device called Pimax is equipped with two 4K panels, each of which has a resolution of 3840x260 pixels. The refresh rate of the picture reaches 90 frames per second.

The key feature of the Pimax 8K VR headset is the resolution of 8K (2 x 3840x2160). The total number of pixels is 16.6 million. For comparison, let’s take the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive; each headset has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which corresponds to 2.6 million pixels.

In addition, the Pimax 8K has a wider field of view of 200 degrees. In models by other major competitors, this figure is only 110 degrees. As a result, the user sees more of what is happening around, which only increases the effect of immersion. According to the developers of the Pimax 8K, they managed to reduce the screen-door effect in their VR headset.

Another advantage of Pimax 8K is the support of three major platforms of virtual reality: Steam VR, Oculus Home and PiPlay (the company's corporate service).

The headset comes with special sensors to track the user’s movements as well as special controllers for capturing hand movements and for control within the virtual reality applications. Moreover, it can also work with Lighthouse technology from the HTC Vive.

The headset works paired to a computer in which there is a video card of the level of GeForce GTX 980/1070 and higher.

In December 2017, users who sponsored the project through crowdfunding will receive their sample of the Pimax 8K, and in January 2018, the VR headset will be available to all customers. On a preliminary order, fans can obtain the gadget for $ 499. For a price of $399, you can purchase a simpler version with a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

Take a good look at this cutting-edge virtual reality deviceat the video below. Watching the video will make you want to order this VR headset as soon as possible.