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Hands-on: Pimax “8K” Has Come a Long Way but there’s still Real Kinks to Iron Out:




Pimax, the Chinese VR startup honing in on a consumer headset with a huge field of view, is said to soon be shipping the first Pimax “8K” headsets to Kickstarter backers. While the company executed a very successful Kickstarted and parlayed that into a healthy investment, it remains to be seen if Pimax can go the final mile to meet the fevered expectations set upon it by the West’s high-end VR community. We go hands-on with the company’s latest prototype headset at CES 2018 to see where things stand.

Though Pimax has successfully developed and brought to market the Pimax 4K headset, the company piqued the attention of the hardcore VR community in the West when they set their eyes toward making the “8K,” a VR headset with a purported 200 degree field of view—far beyond anything from incumbents in the consumer VR space. The name “8K,” as we’ve explained, is a misnomer bordering on false advertisement; though the headset features a pair of 4K displays, you need the resolution equivalent of four 4K displays to reach what most would call 8K resolution.

We’ve tried the company’s various “8K” prototypes over the course of development. With the headset soon to begin shipping to Kickstarter backers, we’ve gone hands-on with the very latest prototype, including the unique near-final lenses, this week at CES 2018.



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