World’s first 8K VR headset hits Kickstarter

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The expanded field of view almost matches the human view of 210° and offers a more complete sensory experience.

After introducing the first 4K VR headset, Pimax is back at it with even higher resolutions, bringing the world’s first 8K VR headset to Kickstarter. The new VR headset offers six times the resolution provided by most currently available VR headsets and offers a 200° field of view. The expanded field of view almost matches the human view of 210° and offers a more complete sensory experience.

“The 8K VR headset allows people to become a part of the ultra-high definition environment, by digitizing 2D illustrations from a screen and transforming the very environment around you, invoking a whole new level of emotion while in this 3D virtual space,” said Pimax Founder & CEO, Robin Weng. “The 4K was a brilliant breakthrough, and we have grown from that into the next step with the 8K headset, bringing a more genuine realism to virtual reality. We are closing the gap between reality and the digital world.”

The increased field of view, as well as increased resolution, will provide a smoother VR experience, allowing users to use a VR headset longer without experiencing motion sickness. The Pimax 8K VR headset features a lightweight structure, ergonomic design, soft padding and utilizes positional tracking and motion sensitivity to create “a completely immersive rotating audiovisual experience and providing a more realistic feel when interacting with virtual environments.”

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The Pimax 8K VR headset with controllers and sensor.

The three key features of the Pimax 8K VR headset are:

  • 8K = 4K in each eye with reduced Motion to Photon (MTP) latency to less than 15ms, thus reducing dizziness
  • 200-degree field of vision (FOV); Humans have a 210-degree natural FOV
  • Compatible with Steam VR content and Leap motion 3.0

Other technical specifications include:

  • Field of View: 200 degrees
  • Resolution: 2*3840×2160, 16.6 million pixels in total
  • MTP (Motion To Photon) Latency: <15ms
  • Refresh rate: 75/90Hz per eye (support 150/180Hz with Brainwarp)
  • Processor: GTX980/1070 or AMD R9 Nano, equivalent and above
  • Interface: DP1.4, USB 3.0
  • Experience: Seated VR, standing VR, room-scale positional tracking, hand Motion (optional)
  • Content: PiHome/Steam/Oculus Home (with a third party tool)
  • Audio: 2×3.5 mm audio jack, stereo sound earphones
  • Fit: Adjustable headset strap/headband, auto-demisting system, fits glasses/customized VR frame, IPD (Interpupillary distance) adjustment.

A Pimax 5K version is also available and has all of the same features as Pimax 8K, apart from a difference in resolution and, of course, price. The resolution of 5K (2*2560×1440) is less than 8K (2*3840×2160) but still places it above many of the current headsets on the market.

Pimax is hoping to raise $200,000USD  during their Kickstarter campaign with pricing for the Pimax 8K VR headset starting at $449 and the Pimax 5K VR starting at $349. Check out the video below for a complete overview of the new 8K VR headset.

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