It’s almost time for CES 2019, with the gigantic technology event opening its doors today in Las Vegas. There’s going to be plenty of virtual reality (VR) tech at the show, with Pimax announcing that it would be demonstrating its 8K headset alongside the very latest Pimax Controllers.
Looking very similar to Valve’s Knuckles design, the Pimax controllers come in two variations, with a touchpad on both or joysticks on both controllers. Pimax will showcase a prototype of both the thumbstick and trackpad open-palm controllers at CES 2019, designed for a natural fit and compatible with multiple devices including the Steam VR tracking 1.0 and 2.0.
With headsets like HTC VIve and Oculus Rift now coming into their third year, Pimax is positioning its new 5K Plus, 5K Business Edition and 8K headsets as the next step in VR’s evolution. Not only do they have higher resolution displays to combat the screendoor effect, they also feature 200-degree field of view (FoV).
“Science fiction stories like Minority Report and more recently Ready Player One gave us a glimpse into the future for immersive experiences and UI control,” said Kevin Henderson, Head of US Operations of Pimax VR, in a statement. “Today we’re ready to prove that era is closer than ever before by bringing VR 2.0 to the industry. As a contributor to VR 2.0, we are closely working with our partners to bring innovation to the industry and finally give VR enthusiasts and gamers what they have been dreaming of.”
Also at the event, Pimax will be demoing new VR expansion modules which include Leap Motion hand tracking and 7invensun eye tracking. All of Pimax’s head-mounted displays (HMDs) can embed the modules, with Leap Motion offering 180-degree hand tracking, whilst 7invensun’s eye tracking is there to implement foveated rendering.
“As a contributor to the industry, we are eager to work with our partners to integrate more innovative technologies into our headsets and make these features easily accessible,” Henderson adds. “We want to provide world-leading technologies to our community and users with a highly effective global customer service and support system and help VR enthusiasts realize their dreams in VR.”
VRFocus will be at CES 2019 to bring you the latest VR news and announcements.