Previously, the resolution of mainstream products in this industry was still 2K. The concept of 4K had not yet officially landed until Pimax proposed the first VR of 4K concept. Is this a breakthrough or a gimmick?
We quickly started with a review to see if the so-called world’s first 4K VR is worthy of its name, and bring us a new visual experience.
|VR Glasses Type||PC Headset|
|FOV Range||90 – 110 degree|
|FOV||Intel Core i7-7700HQ|
|IPD (Interpupillary distance)||58 – 71mm|
|Display||15.6-inch IPS display with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)|
|Resolution Support||3840 x 2160P|
|Package Contents||3D Headset*1,Cleaning Cloth*1,Earphones*2,Belt*3|
- Adequate in design elements, deficient in comfort and immersion
It was the felling of mystery and simplicity at the first glance. PIMAX 4k VR Headset features quite mysterious with “π” as the logo printed on the front of the glasses. “π”, as the symbol of “Pi”, also reflects the tireless pursuit of current cutting-edge technology.
In terms of weight, it’s much lighter than HTC Vive and Oculus Rift when holding on hand, weighing 220g. Besides, there is a radiator mounted on both sides.v
The 4K VR PC Headset utilizes the hook & loop sticky tape. The frames that contacts to your face comes to a sponge treatment and is relatively comfortable to wear.
Small faction 4K uses dual 53mm large aspherical optical lens. The official data announces that the field of view angle reaches 110°. The adaptive pupillary distance adjustment is provided in the center of the lens, supporting 58 – 71mm pupil distance and under 500-degree myopia naked eye watching. However, it may be due to the fact that deep myopia players need to wear glasses, so the reserved place for the nasal cavity is relatively large, resulting in mild light leakage, which is also a major factor influencing immersion.
- Stunning resolution but need to reduce the delay
Let’s take a look at the hardware configuration: It displays outstanding 4K UHD image, 3840 x 2160P resolution, 8.29MP, reaching 806 PPI.
In the PC configuration required by the device, it is only driven by the GTX 960 and can even reach the 4K resolution. In contrast, Oculus and Vive need GTX970 to drive only 2K resolution. The official explanation is that the resolution output from the PC is converted to a higher resolution content by PIMAX VR’s converter.
It’s pretty good in terms of clarity, neck and neck with HTC Vive and Oculus. But the overall picture and color processing feel relatively dark and monotonous, which may have something to do with the LCD screen, which is used in PIMAX 4K VR 3D HEADSET.
It differs from the typical pc-level VR device in that it does not use OLED and AMOLED panels, which are generally considered to be low latency, and instead adopts the LCD panel, which is generally considered to be relatively high in the industry.
There is still a slight delay in the experience of the game, especially in high-speed motion and steering. This also leads to a sense of vertigo.
- Rich in content but no controller makes selection limited.
In terms of content, it’s available in the VR games from Steam platform. Since the PIMAX 4K VR headset does not have a controller, the range of choices on Steam can only be in games that use keyboards or handles. However, the player can download the official VR games/videos via the client. At present, there are about 100 models of 4K VR games that can be played, and about 300 video contents, which will gradually increase in the future.
As a 4k-level resolution headset, PIMAX VR costs an affordable price, which is less than half the price of Oculus and HTC Vive. Though it’s cost-efficient, there is still a series of weaknesses that affect the user experience, such as light leakage, delay and deficient in comfort.