Pimax 8K Headset Beats Oculus Rift Kickstarter Record

By Andrew Fenn
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Pimax’s 8K virtual reality headset has now raised $3.22 million on Kickstarter from 4,955 backers—surpassing Oculus Rift’s previous record of $2.44 million—with four days to go.

The Kickstarter campaigns for Pimax’s 8K headset and the cheaper 5K version commenced in September, and products are expected to start shipping out to backers in early 2018.

It’s currently unknown when the product will hit stores, but the company has stated that all Kickstarter orders will be fulfilled before considering a retail launch.

Pimax’s 8K headset features dual 3840 × 2160 LCD panels, while the 5K version uses a 2,560 × 1,440 resolution. The 5K is a downgrade, but still significantly higher than the resolution used by Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (1080 x 1200). Both versions have a 200° field of view.

Pimax is also releasing a limited edition 8K X VR headset, specifically tailored for next-generation GPUs.

Analyst Comment

I was quite impressed with this headset at IFA and thought it was better than the similarly configured unit that Acer is developing (although I didn’t see the latest version of this at IFA). Norbert also saw the headset at at the NYVR Expo this week. NYVR Expo and Conference) (BR)