Chinese virtual reality (VR) company had a highly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017, raising over $4 million for its 8K and 5K head-mounted displays (HMDs). There have been issues along the way but Pimax has begun shipping in the last few weeks. Today, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for regular consumers.
There are three versions of the headset available, the 8K, 5K Plus and 5K Business Edition with prices starting from $699 USD. For regular customers the 5K Plus and 8K series offers users a 200-degrees field of view (FOV) – the most of any consumer headset – with support for both Steam VR 1.0 and 2.0 and its larger scale tracking.
“There are two purposes for the pre-order. First, many VR enthusiasts missed the Kickstarter campaign but are very interested and have followed Pimax VR from last year,” Robin Weng, the founder of Pimax in a statement. “We want to make the headsets available for them via pre-order. The orders are from different countries and regions, and moreover, the lead time of the key components usually last for around 3 months. We would need to start to prepare from now, so the enthusiasts can get their hands on the second generation headsets earlier.”
All the Pimax headsets are available on their own or with extendable with modules and accessories. These include wireless transmission, hand motion, eye tracking, scent enabling, deluxe headstraps integrated with earphones, and more. Additionally, Pimax is offering bundles including NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti and RTX 2080 graphics cards.
“The enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the second generation VR headsets,” continues Weng. “Pre-order will help us in speeding up production and deliver the headsets to the backers faster, and the pre-order consumers will benefit from the faster delivery as well. We are actively preparing the production line and workers as planned. With more predictable and accurate numbers of orders, Pimax can better forecast and plan the resources and production cycle, make the lead time shorter, and request the vendors to prepare resources in a more planned and efficient manner.”