1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar

    While the initial development of VR HMDs (Head Mounted Devices i.e. headsets) is coming out of United States, Taiwan and Singapore, it is widely expected that the next generation of VR devices, and most progress will come out of China. There are over a hundred headset manufacturers, and while some have doubtful track record there are many manufacturers that see VR as the ticked for their place in the Sun.

    One such vendor is PIMAX. Thanks to David from Gearbest VR equipment etail store, we learned of an exciting headset coming out of Shenzhen, China. PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality Headset could the the worlds most advanced VR headset. While HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both feature paltry 2.5 million pixels (only 1.25 million pixels per eye), PIMAX claims a full 4K resolution, 8.29 million pixels.



    The 38402160 splits into two, giving users a resolution of 19202160 pixels per eye (2K), four times as much . We asked the manufacturer about the refresh rate of the headset, and it was stated that 60, 75 and 90 Hz are available. We would not recommend anyone to use the first two, but a 4K panel ticking 90 times a second could represent the silver bullet that we are all waiting for. If youre a pixel-per-inch lover, seeing a figure of 806 PPI should make you quite happy.



    The dual 53mm lenses enable 110 degrees field-of-view (FOV) with adjustment between 58-71 mm from the eyes. This should enable good amount of space for users wearing prescription glasses. Six degrees of Freedom (6DOF) comes through built-in dual 1000Hz gyroscopes, accelerometer, magnetometer and light sensor. Features however, dont end here. Unlike the vast majority of products coming out of Far East, the PIMAX team focused on reducing the potential health impact of VR headsets. Theres Blue laser eye protection, as well as auto light adjustment and auto-demisting systems.



    PIMAX comes with bundled software, including the PiPlay driver which enables baseline Oculus and full Steam VR compatibility. We saved the best for last. Gearbest is selling the PIMAX 4K VR headset for just $349. Thats $50 more than $299.99 for OSVRs Hacker Development Kit 1.4, upon this unit is remotely based, but also massive $249.01 cheaper than Oculus Rift. The difference in price is enough for you to go from a Radeon RX 480 or GeForce GTX 1060 to a GeForce GTX 1070 (and $20 more gets you the cheapest GTX 1080), and thats a significant difference in performance for your VR experience.

    PC requirements:
    Compatible with PC Win 7 / 8 / 10
    CPU: Intel i5 and above
    GPU: DirectX 3D10, Nvida GT X960 / AMD R9 290 and above
    Storage: 4G and above
    Port: support HDMI 1.4B video output, USB 2.0 / 3.0 interface

    If the headset is as good as it sounds, Oculus and HTC might be in trouble.


    Sources:
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    - PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D PC Headset-349.99 Online Shopping| GearBest.com
    - Meet the First 4K VR Headset - VR World
    09-01-2016 06:52 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    But will the development community support it? Anyone old enough to remember Sony betamax? The best tech doesn't always "win"
    09-02-2016 08:42 AM
  3. rmvz3's Avatar
    You're right. Unless it has real compatibility with the current standard platforms as advertised...
    09-02-2016 07:28 PM
  4. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    I think maybe not today, but sooner than later maybe this kind of companies will be buy it but the bigs and they will develop the market for it, because, you know, the combo PC/VR-headset should be kind of powerful to handle it for these days.

    but I think maybe someday we will all enjoy like 20Mpx UHD in out VR headsets, tech is aiming for more each day.
    pkcable likes this.
    09-02-2016 10:58 PM
  5. genvarev's Avatar
    the future is already close
    09-03-2016 04:08 AM

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