An announcement by the Chinese manufacturer of VR hardware Pimax caused shining eyes, skeptical looks and trembling wallets among VR enthusiasts on Monday evening. According to the data, the stand-alone or PC-operated “Pimax Reality 12K QLED” is currently the most advanced VR glasses, according to Mixed.de. The price is correspondingly high at around $ 2,400.
When buying the new glasses, owners of an older model should even be reimbursed the full purchase price. Two QLED displays, each with 6K resolution (5,620 × 2,720 pixels, 200 Hz) – including mini-LED backlight, local dimming and support for HDR, should ensure a razor-sharp image. 12K resolution is not really achieved in this way, but the PC graphics card should of course have a lot to do. To reduce their load, dynamic foveated rendering is used, which is made possible by Tobii’s built-in eye tracking.
In contrast to the background lighting of classic LED / LCD screens, the many tiny LED elements are supposed to offer an outstanding color display that, according to Pimax, should even surpass OLED screens. Another highlight could be the newly designed “bionic lenses”, which are supposed to combine the advantages of aspherical lenses (here: clarity in the center) and Fresnel lens parts on the edge (weight reduction). A 200 degree horizontal and 135 degree vertical field of view should cover a large part of the human view. In addition, Pimax promises the absence of distortion at the edge, as occurred with older models.
The fact that the company is not known for delivering new VR headsets on time should again cause skepticism. Ironically, even the announcement stream for “Reality 12K QLED” was a little late. In the area of support, there have also been complaints among customers over the past few years. Uploadvr.com mentions at least one planned launch in the fourth quarter of 2022; Pre-orders should start in the summer.
As the magazine reports, Qualcomm’s XR2 chip works in the glasses for independent operation (such as in the Oculus Quest 2, among others), whereby it is throttled to a 4K resolution with 120 Hertz and a field of view of 150 degrees. The games Ragnaröck and Hyperstacks were initially announced for mobile operation.
VR fans with a willingness to invest in this amount are more likely to connect the device to their gaming PC – via Wi-Fi (presumably with limited image quality), higher quality via WiGig 2 (802.11ay) or fiber optic cable (two connections via display port 1.4 ).
An interesting innovation concerns some of the eleven built-in cameras: With the help of the downward-facing models, the entire body is to be recorded (full body tracking). According to technology expert David Heaney from Uploadvr.com, such a function has only been seen in research documents directly from the headset.
Four of the front cameras are responsible for inside-out tracking – also for the Oculus Touch-like controllers or for hand tracking. Incidentally, the lens distance is set automatically with the help of the internal eye tracking cameras. An active fan is also built in.
Pimax plans to also offer high-end PCs that include the integrated WiGig adapter for wireless operation of the reality headsets.
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