I'm rather tempted but I do have some questions - perhaps OC.net enthusiasts could help?
First of all, does anyone know how the displays compare to OLED (especially the higher-end Samsung AMOLED)? Its nice they say its comparable with "very minor" changes in color temperatures and gamut etc... but frankly, I'm not too keen to just take the word of any company without seeing some data and ideally a real world comparison/review.
Next, if I go in for one of these I'm considering the highest end 8K X model, because...well, why not? If I am to understand it correctly, that one has actual native 4K displays for each eye? My only question is, they claim that you need a 1080 Ti or "next generation" GPU and to run it at full resolution I understand that. However, when they talk about the 5K and the "normal" 8K, they mention upscaling, the potential to run at lower resolutions etc.. I assume this is the same for the X, right?
How does this compare to the VIVE in terms of rendering? I see some discussion that the Pimax uses "Brainwarp/ATW/Async Projection" etc.. but that is only an option that it supports, right? Not that it HAS to process images that way? Overall I want to ensure that the experience is really up to its specs, not simply using "tricks" to approximate it. Also, does anyone know how the PIMAX "Brainwarp" compares to SteamVR's ATW/Async Projection and what will happen if a game is made with SteamVR techniques/hardware in mind? They say that its comparable or better, but I have to wonder if that means a game needs to be coded to use Brainwarp or if the headset will auto-magically "convert" it.
They mention a lot of after market upgrades and compatibility with VIVE / SteamVR - this is a main reason I'm interested. How does the 8K X (in the Deluxe edition, which comes with latest generation VIVE lighthouses and controllers if I recall?), compare in terms of functionality. For instance I see it has laser tracking and whatnot, but does it support the VIVE's "camera mode / altered reality" where it has an outward facing camera/sensors capable of say... allowing you to see the room's boundaries, or superimpose a layout of your desk so you can see and pick up your drink? Does anyone know what sort of wireless technology could work (or ideally, come with this. After all they've hit their goal so early.) I recall there is an aftermarket wireless setup for the VIVE that is full performance (TPCast Wireless Adapter) - would the same one work for this PIMAX or if not, will there be anything comparable? Other accessories from the VIVE's Deluxe Audio Strap to the OSVR's enhance face mask (antimicrobial bamboo fabric, enhanced cushioning ) etc... seem to be beneficial, so it would be nice to know exactly how far the PIMAX compatibility will go.
Finally, I see people mention here that Samsung is working on 4K (or 8K) AMOLED made for VR displays. I have to wonder if it would be worth it to buy a comparative "no-name" device for a significant price, versus waiting for the "next gen VIVE" or whatnot. ? PIMAX Looksgreat on paper, but we know the reality can often be different.
Edit: This is also one thing from the FAQ that worries me a little...
What is the difference between Kickstarter version and consumer version?
The look and functions are the same. The consumer version will be better packaged and crafted, and the price would be different.
We need to pin them down on this big time. Maybe its just a language thing, but we need to know if the KS version is the equivalent of a developer kit, or is it just the first run of a production model. Its one thing if it doesn't come with a fancy box or packaging, but if the actual build quality/components are different... that to me is an issue that needs to be on the front page. In the event it is a "beta/DK" version, with all the modular stuff they're talking about it had better be fully upgradable to consumer-grade, and ideally at a discount.
Edited by Xaeos - 9/25/17 at 2:00am