Pimax 8K X: a new VR headset finally offering native 8K definition

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Summary

  • The Pimax 8K X and the Pimax 8K Plus finally available with a year delay

The Pimax 8K, priced at $ 900, is equipped with two 3840 × 2160 definition CLPL panels which make it the first 8K VR headset on the market. However, the technical limitations of its design limit the display to 2460 × 1440 per screen and software upscaling is required to achieve maximum definition.

Today, Pimax announces the launch of the Pimax 8K X. This new model offers a native rendering of 3840 × 2160 per screen with a refresh rate of 75Hz. The 8K definition is therefore reached.



On the other hand, it will be necessary to use upscaling to achieve 90Hz refresh rate. The integrated upscaler also benefits from a brand new algorithm. The headset also benefits from a new panel technology, offering superior contrasts and deeper colors thanks to the use of LCD and RGB.

The 170-degree field of view remains the same as previous models, and the panels are around 10-15% better used. A new rigid and modular audio strip has been added, and the facial interface is wider than before for increased comfort.

The Pimax 8K X and the Pimax 8K Plus finally available with a year delay

The Pimax 8K X, initially expected for the month of May 2018, will be delivered to Kickstarter contributors from December 18, 2019. It will then be marketed for the sum of 1300 dollars, but we do not know when it will be possible to order it. No doubt we will have to wait for the course of 2020.

Otherwise, a second headset called Pimax 8K Plus will launch on October 30, 2019 for $ 1000. It will offer the same features as the 8K X, but its definition without upscaling will be limited to 2,560 × 1,440 like the first Pimax 8K. It will be possible to choose between at the refresh rate of 65, 72 or 90 Hz.



It is possible to choose a reinforced resistance option for both helmets, but the price of this option is only communicated on request. Note that neither of these two helmets is supplied with Steam VR controllers or stations which will need to be purchased separately.


Pimax also specifies the date on which the various modules promised for its VR headsets will be launched. The hand-tracking module will be delivered in December 2019 to contributors, as well as the eye-tracking module and the modular audio-strap. The comfort kit, the 10 meter cable and the Steam VR 2.0 stations will be available by the end of November 2019.




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