We are entering the age of Virtual Reality, and even though it is an early technology, it is rather promising. One of my main complaints about Virtual Reality is that there is the limited resolution, and that hinders the experience. In one of my videos, I talk about the idea of 4K Virtual Reality. Well, I stumbled across this video, showing off one of the first VR headsets to feature 4K resolution, for under $400!
The headset is called the PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D PC Headset (man, that’s a mouthful!). PIMAX is a Chinese company founded in 2014, and they released their first VR headset in 2016. They are touting their headset as the “First VR Headset with a 4K Display”, which is TECHNICALLY true… The headset features a split display, with each half showing 1920×2160, which results in a combined resolution of 3840×2160. The result of that is the display is extremely crisp, with no “Screen Door Effect”.
This headset does apparently have some drawbacks though. The frame rate is limited to 60 FPS, and there is no positional tracking, just head tracking. Also, factoring in 4K resolution, you are going to need a significantly powerful PC to run at native resolution (you ARE able to scale down to lower resolutions though, so that is a possibility). Note, that the lower frame rate COULD make people more susceptible to motion sickness, but your mileage may vary. For $375 though, this sounds like a solid entry point into the world of VR. However, with the Oculus Rift recently dropping in price to $499, could it be worth the $125 more to stick with a tried and true headset?
I have reached out to PIMAX to see about a possible review of the unit, so stay tuned for that! What are your thoughts on this budget VR headset? Let us know!
NOTE: Apparently, an 8K (!!!) Virtual Reality headset is in development as well! That looks to feature controllers, and positional tracking too.
NOTE 2: I kinda find it funny how the headset is classified as being “3 Eggs Weight”… I never knew eggs could be a measurement of weight.