Pimax reveals two new high-end VR headsets

April 15, 2024 – Pimax, a digital actuality (VR) {hardware} producer and supplier of ultra-wide subject of view (FOV) and high-resolution shopper VR units, has at present introduced two new high-end VR headsets together with a wi-fi resolution for VR gameplay at its Frontier 2024 event, held on YouTube.

Pimax Crystal Tremendous VR Headset

First of the headsets to be introduced in the course of the firm’s occasion, the brand new Pimax Crystal Super headset is an ultra-high-end headset, packing 29.5 million pixels and the world’s first changeable optical engine, permitting customers to swap between QLED and micro-OLED panels.

Pimax acknowledged that the Crystal Tremendous represents a “substantial” leap ahead from its Crystal headset, providing a vastly elevated variety of pixels to allow a a lot bigger subject of view and better pixels per diploma (PPD) concurrently.

Pimax Crystal Tremendous

Apart from FOV and PPD, the selection of shows performs a important function in consumer expertise. QLED and micro-OLED shows each supply their very own distinct benefits. Consequently, Pimax has designed the Crystal Tremendous to permit customers to decide on between the 2 or go for each. This modular design and elevated flexibility stems from what Pimax claims is the world’s first replaceable optical engine system invented by the corporate, which mixes the shows and lenses as a single removable module. The QLED engine is paired with interchangeable glass aspheric lenses, whereas the micro-OLED engine incorporates glass pancake lenses.

The replaceable optical engine system on the Pimax Crystal Tremendous VR headset

The headset additionally boasts superior inside-out monitoring by way of 4 cameras, eye-tracking for computerized IPD (Inter-pupillary Distance) changes, dynamic foveated rendering, and built-in audio. Pimax famous that the Crystal Tremendous is designed to be a pure PCVR headset, and due to this fact doesn’t function Qualcomm’s XR2 chipset, nor a battery.

The Pimax Crystal Tremendous begins from USD $1,799 (excluding VAT), with delivery estimated to start in This fall this yr.

Pimax Crystal Mild VR Headset

The second headset introduced at present by Pimax was the Crystal Light, which gives the identical 16.6 million pixels as the unique Pimax Crystal system, however at a extra budget-friendly value, ranging from USD $699 (in comparison with the Crystal’s USD $1,599 price ticket).

The Crystal Mild serves as a streamlined iteration of the Pimax Crystal, retaining core specs from the Crystal, whereas eradicating options much less important to PCVR. This new, budget-friendly mannequin is due to this fact a pure PCVR headset with no battery, no XR2 processor, and no standalone capabilities. That being stated, the headset nonetheless boasts a decision of 2880 x 2880 pixels per eye, with a most refresh price of 120 Hz, and continues to make use of glass aspheric lenses.

Pimax Crystal Mild

Not like different Pimax headsets although, the Crystal Mild doesn’t function interchangeable lenses, nor does it embody eye-tracking. Nevertheless, Pimax’ upgraded Fastened Foveated Rendering know-how, which doesn’t depend on the eye-tracking (in contrast to Dynamic Foveated Rendering), is included, which the corporate acknowledged will assist to compensate for potential GPU energy limitations.

Pimax acknowledged that general these changes have decreased the system’s weight by 30%, which has in flip enhanced the headset’s ergonomics and stage of consolation, and have helped to considerably cut back prices on the Crystal Mild.

This has enabled Pimax to place the system at a beginning value of USD $699. The Crystal Mild is on the market for pre-order now, with delivery beginning in Might.

Will Pimax Crystal be discontinued?

Pimax clarified that the introduction of those two new fashions doesn’t imply that the corporate is seeking to discontinue its Pimax Crystal headset. As an alternative, Pimax acknowledged that it’ll proceed to evolve the Crystal, which was designed from the beginning as a high-end wi-fi PCVR headset. For wi-fi VR utilization, the headset requires extraordinarily broad bandwidth and extremely environment friendly utilization, necessitating the system’s XR2 chip and battery, which kind integral elements of the Crystal. The unique Pimax Crystal system can also be the one mannequin within the Crystal line-up to function the Qualcomm XR2 chipset and a battery. 

Pimax Crystal Airlink

With a view to obtain this excessive stage of bandwidth and wi-fi effectivity, Pimax additionally unveiled at present its 60G Airlink module – a mixed transmitter and receiver, plus a light-weight dongle that attaches to the headset by way of a micro-HDMI connection.  The transmitter and receiver hook up with a PC via HDMI, forming a whole {hardware} suite for wi-fi operation.

The 60G Airlink module hooked up to a Pimax Crystal headset

The 60G Airlink module leverages WiGig know-how to supply “considerably increased bandwidth than standard WiFi” and allow high-fidelity wi-fi PCVR, in accordance with Pimax.

Pimax acknowledged that the 60G Airlink module will help the Pimax Crystal’s full decision at 2880 x 2880 pixels per eye, in addition to a 90 Hz refresh price and ultra-low latency. The anticipated battery lifetime of the system is 2-3 hours..

The 60G Airlink is priced at USD $299 USD, and shall be prepared for delivery later this yr.

For extra info on Pimax and its newly introduced Crystal Tremendous, Crystal Mild and 60G Airlink units, please go to the corporate’s website

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Picture / video credit score: Pimax / YouTube

Sam Sprigg

Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in analysis and report writing, he has been masking XR business information for the previous seven years.

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