The Pimax 8K is a tethered VR headset launched on Kickstarter by Pimax, a manufacturer based in China. Pimax also refers to this headset as the Pimax M2.
This VR headset has a wide FOV of 200°, which is very close to the human maximum FOV of 220°. Initial community feedback is quite positive concerning this wide FOV.
According to the manufacturer, this VR headset has two displays running at 4K resolution per eye, hence its name Pimax 8K. However, it is actually upscaling a 2 x 2560 x 1440 resolution. Therefore the Pimax 8K doesn’t feature true 8K resolution, but the manufacturer is using the 8K as a marketing term. For native 4K resolution per eye, users may opt for the Pimax 8K X (and a more powerful computer).
Pimax 8K VR headset main features
- 220° FOV and 4K per eye resolution: for a more immersive virtual reality experience.
- Brainwarp: this technology boosts up the headset’s refresh rate, reduces latency, and requires less GPU power.
- Full positional tracking (6DoF): for a smoother VR experience.
- Built-in headphones: provides full audio immersion.
- Open VR system: the Pimax 8K is fully compatible with three VR content platforms (Oculus, SteamVR, PiHome), as well as third-party accessories like the HTC VIVE controllers and tracking cameras.
Pimax 8K (M2) optional modules
Users have the option to customize their VR experience by purchasing extra modules, such as:
- Wireless transmission: for cable-free virtual reality.
- Leap Motion support: provides a more fluid experience with this hand motion tracker.
- Pimax Knuckles controllers: the controllers have five-finger tracking, for increased functionality.
- Eye-tracking: offers users better immersion by detecting the user’s gaze.
- Cooling fan: to avoid overheating.
Pimax 8K price
This tethered VR headset is available at the manufacturer price of $899, without the controllers. A bundle with Pimax VR controllers is available for $1068.
Pimax also manufactures the Pimax 4K and Pimax 5K+. Discover more tethered VR headsets with our comparison engine.