VR is about to be the hottest thing this Spring. Google is set to announce an OLED display with the highest resolution ever in May, while Chinese startup Pimax will finally ship the first 8K VR headsets to backers in early April #realitymagic
Pimax caused a revolution on Kickstarter last year, when they introduced the first 8K VR headset! The headset promised to deliver a super high-res of 3840 x 2160 on each lens, and a wide 200-degree FOV. Of course, such a triumph would come with its obstacles – to see in 4K content in virtual reality and upscale it to 8K you’d need a powerhouse, meaning a GTX 1070 or 1080 card.
Nevertheless, backers helped them raise $4.2 million with crowdfunds. The chunky, heavy design didn’t deter consumers in the least.
Soon after, the Chinese company announced a $15 million Series A investment for further developments showing they’re taking their product and the customers seriously. Unfortunately, they had to delay the delivery by a couple of months. Instead of shipping the first devices in January, they recently let backers know the first VR headsets will arrive in Q2.
Besides putting the final touches on their headsets, Pimax wants to analyze external feedback of the first productions units of M1. After all, starting with this one, the company will reach the stars, ahem, SteamVR Tracking 2.0 more specifically. The idea is to achieve a display refresh rate of 80Hz soon. Moreover, they plan to show new controller designs by the end of this month so… their work is nowhere near finished.