Pimax 8K VR Headset Surpasses $2 Million On Kickstarter

by Jamie Feltham • October 23rd, 2017

Pimax’s 8K VR headset continues to gather interest on crowdfunding, passing yet another huge milestone this week.

The device, which houses two 4K screens, just surpassed the $2,000,000 mark on Kickstarter with the help of some 3,247 backers at the time of writing. That means it’s also reached its fourth stretch goal, giving every backer a $100 coupon for a wireless transmission add-on that will cut the chord on the headset, allowing it to wirelessly communicate with your PC similar to devices for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift like the TPCast wireless upgrade kit. Pimax hasn’t gone into specific detail about the tech behind the device just yet, nor revealed is fifth and possibly final stretch goal, but expect that to be revealed soon.

Pimax’s 8K offering should provide dramatically clearer images in VR compared to the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but we’re still yet to go hands-on with an updated build to judge if other elements like tracking hold up as well.

Backers have already exhausted many of the Early Bird options for both the 5K and 8K headsets on offer in the campaign. Right now you can get the headset itself for $499 (though you’ll need SteamVR or HTC Vive base stations actually use it), or $799 for the full package. That’s the same price the Vive itself was sold for during its first year and a half on the market.

Pimax still have just over two weeks left of campaigning to go. At this point we’re wondering if the company might even be able to surpass the $2,400,000 Oculus initially raised for the Rift all the way back in 2012.

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  • Konchu

    I am stoked for this headset. I really love it being integrated into the existing platform being able to use the controllers and base station from my Vive. Im very excited for having modular addons too such as eye tracking, wireless and inside out tracking. Crazy FOV reduced screen door are the icing on the cake. Though slightly scared of potential distortion in the peripheral vision.

    • Gary Langridge

      That report came from one early source (Tested review),and out of two people testing it only one reported seeing this ,and they were wearing glasses?not known if this was why or not.
      No other reports or reviews that ive seen confirming this ,so if there is i suspect realy realy mild

      • Konchu

        Thanks man, I stoked I really hope these come come quick. I do think there projection of dec 2017 may be agressive though.

        • Gary Langridge

          kick starter campaign reports final product should be ready for early January shipments ,and yes the lens should be fixed.
          there just about to surpass the rifts £2,4 mill first sales and estimated £3.2 mill final so should get the free eye tracking on top of the other stuff already incl ,,,,nice

  • doublefrag

    I backed this VR in the 8k and the 5k Version. During the days an the many positiv reports, I´m getting more and more exiting 😉

  • Gary Langridge

    I hope when exclusivity has run out ,we get games like fallout 4 / doom / gran turismo and skyrim .on top of all the big games available already ,would also like to see battlefeild bumped up to vr Also Bio shock ,and inside the pimax 8k will just be (i can only imagine) BOOM!

    • Dannen P

      Fallout 4 VR is coming later this year. Super stoked!

      • Gary Langridge

        if we can get it for the pimax ,WOW this should be the game to break the vr back ,i shall be giving it the vr overload on my vive all the same ,very excited

  • Roman

    i backed the 8k also. And i so hoping that Pimax will be a big success in VR, so that the big companies like Oculus and Vive have to upgrade the own HMD’s with better Displays and features. Now they sell us only cheap crap and this for years if no other company, like Pimax, will rise from the bottom to kick thier butt.

  • isn’t that big?

    • Gary Langridge

      Penny for your thoughts

    • TC Çapulcu Ayyaş Gür

      Reviewers report it is quite light, lighter than Vive, and very comfortable.

      • I am talking about size not weight. Only 8k RES making difference, and yes i say it outstanding campaign.

  • Jarten

    It’s great to hear. I had signed on to the Kickstarter to back it but just days later had to back out because of a recent financial situation. It sounds like it’s going to be a great addition and upgrade to the current VR headset market. While it may not actually be true 8k in terms of the two screen’s resolutions, it is still the best option out there right now for the high resolution range. I am still tempted to try and back it again then sort the financial things out later because of everything I have seen and read about it so far. (I won’t because I know better, but I still want to)

  • Gary Langridge

    Anyone Wanting to get new pimax 8k ,needs to act now as supply cap on kickstarter running out
    pimax put a cap on kickstarter sales as they only have so many screens at this time ,and they are going fast if you want to see fallout 4 in one of these bad boys ,only 100 left sold £500.000 worth over night ,nice

  • Doon1

    I tried the Pimax 4K. I ended up sending it back due to it’s lack of functionality, lens distortion, gyro drift, ghosting, and lack of software support. I hope the 8K does well but I just can’t throw good money after bad by supporting their kick starter. I pre-ordered the Samsung Odyssey in hopes that the higher resolution screens and years of succeful products will prove to be enough for the foreseeable future. If the Pimax proves to be leagues better that their original product then I will jump in. I can’t imagine that the VR heavy hitters will take this laying down and will field a product that eclipses the Pimax