Pimax’s 8k VR headsets just got a 120Hz upgrade
It’s becoming more and more likely that you’ll walk into someone’s house and see a VR headset with the adoption of more affordable and easy-to-use options like the Oculus Quest 2 (opens in a new tab). For a long time, VR was a pastime for enthusiasts, with idiots like me spending thousands of dollars playing around with dev kits to get a taste of what was to come for VR.
Luckily, enthusiasts looking to spend a little more on their VR experiences are getting a much better deal today. Rather than messing around with clunky experimental tech, they’re able to invest in amazing VR kit that’s one step ahead. Pimax is a brand that specializes in VR headsets and for those looking for a fuller experience, the brand’s impressive 8k headsets are even better.
Pimax has increased the refresh rate of its Pimax 8KX headsets from 90Hz to 120Hz. When Pimax refers to a headset as 8k, it means that the two screens for each eye make up the total. That means this headset actually has around 4k resolution per eye, which is still pretty crazy. These Pimax headsets also support the full 200 degree field of view, which made a big difference when we tried it out. (opens in a new tab).
All of these standard Pimax features, plus the new refresh rate upgrade, should make for absolutely smooth VR experiences, assuming your kit can handle it. (opens in a new tab). And don’t forget that you may need to get some tracking accessories to go along with it.
According to the press release, Pimax worked on this effort in conjunction with Nvidia. The gain lies in speeding up data transfer and improving signal quality between the PC’s GPU and the Pimax headset. For that reason, we bet it works best on Nvidia-powered devices. You’d also want a machine heavy enough to power one of these helmets to start with, but again, we’re talking enthusiasts.
The other advantage of a Pimax helmet is the exchange system offered by the company. This allows people to trade in their older headsets to upgrade to newer ones and the deals are usually quite reasonable. It’s a bargain if you’re looking to upgrade to 12K headphones when Pimax releases it (opens in a new tab). If you’re someone who likes to stay on the cutting edge of VR, this sounds like a great system.
This refresh rate upgrade is reportedly rolling out to recently produced Pimax 8KX headsets and the website does not yet reflect this change in its listings. Some of the headsets are also on sale, which could indicate they’re getting rid of old stock which may not support the new 120Hz refresh rate. It’s probably a good idea to check with Pimax before making your purchase, just in case.