Pimax Vision 8K X VR Headset Hands-On: 8K Resolution VR Gets Comfier

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Pimax, known for wildly high resolution PC-connected VR headsets, has a new headset at  8K resolution that’s a lot more pleasant to stick your face into than the 8K headset it had last year, thanks to an improved head strap and a softer, more luxurious faceplate. 

 Pimax Vision 8K X Specs

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PanelLCD with RGB sub-pixels
Resolution2x 3840 x 2160
Refresh RateNative: 75Hz; Upscale: 72/90/120Hz
FOVDiagonal: 200 degrees; Horizontal: 170 degrees; Vertical: 115 degrees
IPD55-75mm (via headset dial)
TrackingSteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 6-DoF; Built-in 3-DoF sensor

The Pimax Vision 8K X features two panels each at 4K resolution, a higher total resolution than any non-Pimax VR headset available to consumers today, making them the highest-res HMD (including the best VR headsets) available to consumers. And it shows.

At the CES tech show in Las Vegas this week, I used the 8K X with the Aerofly FS 2 flight simulator. Where other headsets can struggle outputting clear, well-defined lines, the 8K X’s image looked razor-sharp. From the speedometer, to an array of small buttons, everything was easy to take in without any distracting screen door effect, jagged or shaky lines or making me want to squint for a clearer image. Most impressive was how effortlessly I could read a safety warning in the plane written in very small print no bigger than the size of my pinky nail. 

You can add hand tracking to the 8K X through a $170 module add-on. Without any controllers, I was able to see my hands in VR, take hold of the Yoke and steer the plane. Movement was very slow, however, so I’m curious about how well the 8K X can keep up with fast-paced action, like in games. An eye tracking module is also almost ready to be shipped in quantity, I was told, which should appeal to those with certain enterprise applications. 

One of the things holding back VR headsets from becoming more mainstream is how clunky, heavy and unnatural they feel when wearing, especially long-term. The 8K X differs in the comfort department than the Pimax 8K from last year, with a wider headstrap and the addition of adjustment dial in the back. There's also some plush cushioning for the back of the head. Compared to the 8K, which had a thin foam face cushion that I almost felt like I could rip off with my hands, the 8K X boasts a softer and more dense velour-like material. I didn’t get hot or uncomfortable in it, although I wonder if that’d change if I spent a longer, or more stressful, amount of time in it. 

And while this isn’t a comfort thing, the new headset has a rubberized outside instead of just plastic. Combined with the blue color and green chevron, the whole thing just has a more fun vibe to it than Pimax’s old plastic, black and aqua styling. But if green isn’t so fun to you, you can change the chevron’s hue with Pimax’s software. 

My demo was a silent one, but Pimax told me the 8K X uses the same speakers as the Valve Index, and it also has two 3.5mm jacks. 

Pimax will start shipping pre-orders of the 8K X this month. Those who want to buy it now will have to wait until April to get it in their hands. If you can stand the wait, it’s available for order now for $1,300 or $1,828 for the headset with Index controllers and base stations. 

Scharon Harding

Scharon Harding has a special affinity for gaming peripherals (especially monitors), laptops and virtual reality. Previously, she covered business technology, including hardware, software, cyber security, cloud and other IT happenings, at Channelnomics, with bylines at CRN UK.

  • LtdJorge
    Fake advertising. 8k is 4 times 4k, 2 horizontal and 2 vertical. This is 2x4k, not 8k.
  • gggplaya
    They should go by megapixels. 4k is 8million pixels and 8k is about 32million pixels. These glasses are about 16million pixels, so it's not 8k.
  • Heliosurge
    Actually it is 8k at 32:9. So no not false advertising. Now 4k & 8k by ITU (TV standards) is not legit original established standard as 4k=4096 and 8k=8192.

    Simple truth too many Resolution standards.
  • natsukir
    Pimax will start shipping this month???
    where is source ??
  • thud2
    gggplaya said:
    They should go by megapixels. 4k is 8million pixels and 8k is about 32million pixels. These glasses are about 16million pixels, so it's not 8k.
    They should use PPD (Pixels per degree) to define resolution. It's the only standard that does not change with field of view. For example a 4K panel has much worse resolution on a 170º headset than a 110º headset.