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Pimax 8K allows users to experience VR with Peripheral vision while solving the problem of screen door effect and motion sickness
Pimax 8K allows users to experience VR with Peripheral vision while solving the problem of screen door effect and motion sickness
Pimax 8K allows users to experience VR with Peripheral vision while solving the problem of screen door effect and motion sickness
5,946 backers pledged $4,236,618 to help bring this project to life.

Founder Announcement

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Hi Futurists,

We are thrilled the development of Pimax 8K moves to the last stage!

As we are the first team that working on the next generation headset for the consumer market, we have encountered lots of challenges and difficulties. The challenges for us are also the challenges for the VR industry. Luckily enough, we have a community that supports us with lots of patience, encouragement, criticism, and suggestions. We have been spending almost two years on the project, a big thank you to backers, VR enthusiasts, gamers, and partners that are always standing by our side. We are confident the efforts and waiting are worthwhile.

Besides industrial challenges, it's also challenging to deliver a product for VR enthusiasts worldwide, but we have faith in our community. We believe your feedback is crucial.

To learn from the backers to further improve the final version of Pimax 8K, we have initiated a closed beta for our backer community. So far, nine trusted community leaders, professional reviewers, and VR enthusiast groups have involved in the M1 closed beta. A beta test phase such as the one with M1 is unprecedented in its scale and scrutiny for a VR crowdfunding project.

We have collected lots of valuable feedback from our M1 testers and backers, it helps us to address the issues related to user experience in general, the vast subset of physical features, and user habits in different countries/regions. We want to make sure that our enthusiastic backers can join us to deliver the best possible Pimax 8K, which will eventually be launched commercially as well as well in advance to you, our loyal backers.

TIMELINE

Since January, the critical paths of Pimax 8K project were the optics optimization and tracking solutions upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0.

We have delivered three iterations of the lens design, each iteration means additional time and resources. Now we are happy with the hardware and progressively speeding up the software fine tuning process to improve visual quality. Based on the feedback from backers and users, we decided to offer software options for both 200 degrees and 170 degrees FOV. i.e. You will be free to pick a FOV option before launching each content based on your preference and graphics cards capability.

Worth to mention the tracking upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0: we have been developing and testing the 1.0 tracking solution since last year. During Kickstarter campaign, we are uncertain about 2.0 tracking solution because the solution was not commercialized at that time. The big quantity commercial chips for 2.0 tracking were not available until March.

However, many users and backer expressed their expectations of the direct upgrade from 1.0 tracking to 2.0 tracking. We believe the upgrade is reasonable and beneficial to the final product. Thus, even it requires extra workload and whole project delays to change the design from 1.0 to 2.0, we still spent more resources and time since March to redesign and test the hardware structure and software fine tuning for the 2.0 tracking until today. We have made a lot of breakthroughs during the process. The experiences we accumulated during the upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0 will be adopted to Pimax controllers as well, that will speed up the development and reduce the time to deliver the Pimax controllers. 

Now we are confident and happy to announce the Pimax 8K can deliver 2.0 tracking solution that performs as good as 1.0 tracking and par with vive pro tracking. We will deliver the HMD to you with 2.0 tracking solution, i.e. you will be able to enjoy the newest innovation in lighthouse tracking with Pimax 8K.

* The single base station solution we shared in the previous update was an experiment. The two base station solution is the primary tracking solution.

To sum up the status of the headset:

- We are now at the hardware mass production stage, and we will tweak the ergonomics with accessories;

- Meanwhile, we are working on software fine tuning for better performance and virtual quality;

- The user interface requires intensive improvements as well.

PROJECT PRIORITIES

The headset is still the top priority, and then controllers.

The priority of the headset project is to improve performance with the current graphics card, and software fine tuning with the new lenses. 

Some of the team members are working closely with our partners in the states for better performance. Thanks to our partners including NVIDIA, AMD, and the M1 testers! 

Pimax is a typical team with engineer culture, we are conservatives, all of our confidence comes from the performance of the products we create. We cannot give any answer until we have the confirmed ones.

Due to the hardware bottlenecks, the project team, manufacturing team, user experience team, and part of the software team have to wait until recently. The obstacles that prevent us from mass production have been eliminated last week, thus the whole project now can move on with full speed towards Kickstarter delivery. The team works 11 hours per day, 6 days per week to speed up the iterations. 

While we are working on UX and software fine tuning together with M1 beta testers, we are preparing the production line as well. There are key parts for 1K sets of headsets ready in the factory already. The graphic below summarized our next step plan. We will keep you updated on the progress. 

Before we meet your expectations of the final consumer version, we can already meet the expectations of some business clients with the current model. We will soon make a business version available as well. Business edition will be distinguished from consumer version in color and accessories.

For the past couple of months, we have learned a lot from our community, and the community grows a lot as well, attracting more and more idealists enthusiasts and is becoming a hub of VR.

The mission of Pimax team is to provide the most immersive VR experience for the niche enthusiasts market. We prefer not to wait until the VR industry and mass market ready for the premium VR experience, but rather, we would love to serve the VR enthusiasts niche and enjoy the process of creating with all the fails and trials. Hopefully, we can stimulate the VR industry to move faster for bigger FOV and higher resolution VR that expected by VR futurists all around the world.

Sincerely thanks to all the Pimax backers.

Best Regards,

Robin Weng

Founder of Pimax VR

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      Gary Hall on

      they will release it when its ready

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      malcolm on

      hi can you please let us have a E-T-A for the 8K headset

    3. Jake Waffle on

      @roger Don't treat innovation like it's a commodity. By backing this company, we are literally becoming partners. However, our compensation is going to be the first product that ships instead of stock value or whatever. Partnering with a business in order to kickstart the manufacturing for a new product is much different than just getting a product. Getting a commodity product faster isn't really a good reason for partnering with a business. Innovation is more important than your need for instant gratification.

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      roger on

      Compensation would be a good idea to get the pill.
      I trusted you for my first headset and for now, I'm watching VR games that I can not play.
      It's frustrating and when I think of the controller that is not even finished, I cry.
      The interest of your headset was to have a new generation before others.

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      Noé Neves Monteiro Filho on

      I just want to receive my PIMAX-8K and no matter when, it only matters that it is functional, intuitive and that impresses me.

    6. Jonathan on

      You missed the estimated delivery time by more than half a year already and still can't give any new ETA. I am greatly disappointed and dissatisfied. What will you do for compensation?
      You also seem to ignore user comments.

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      Ioan Virgiliu Maximilian on

      @David Cormack it's what I always ask as well.
      Even with no date I feel ALL the updates were about the non X model and since creator @Pimax 8K VR mentioned in update 21 (5 updates ago, May 15th) that "We will include the progress of 8K X in the next update." I feel like I missed something.

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      Andreas on

      Is there any new ETA? At least an estimated one ..

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      Kai Baier on

      Hallo , my adress unfortunately has changed. How can I leave you my new adress ?

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      Jens Lindholm on

      I'm glad you put in the time for 2.0 tracking, and it sounds like you are approaching release, which I'm glad for.
      The thing I'm not so glad about is this post not having any new ETA, at least not that I can see. The bar graph of production plans doesn't have a scale either so... Whats the plan?

    11. David Cormack on

      Where is the status update on the 8K X?

    12. Asim Omar on

      With the update of the official Vive Knuckle EV2 will the pimax controllers be redesigned to mimic the dual trackpad and thumbstick combination?

    13. George Ohler on

      What kind of concessions are you providing backers for having so grossly missed the estimated delivery of the product?

    14. Mark on

      I am an 8K X backer, the original goal for the 8K X was May 2018, do you have a time frame for release?

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      Fennec on

      @Pimax What is the scale of your production graphic? Is it 200-300 per week/day/month?

    16. Peter Ostrowski on

      "We will update the schedule when we have confirmed the time required for hardware production, software fine tuning, and UX improvement for the final consumer version."

      When will you know more in a week or 2?

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      Michael Zhang on

      @Pablo
      I agree with you that Kickstarter campaigns should have realistic estimates and keep to their promises. But the world of hardware is a lot harder than apps and tutorials.
      In the meantime, keep up the good work!

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      Neil on

      Please can you clarify this statement: "Before we meet your expectations of the final consumer version, we can already meet the expectations of some business clients with the current model."

      Are you actually saying that the current model still can't meet the final consumer version expectations, but that's what's going into production?

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      Stephen on

      Some time ago it was mentioned that a new survey would be made available to allow people to change their minds as to whether they wanted to receive just the headset first or wait to receive the entire bundle... is that still on?

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      Neil on

      Thank you for providing a comprehensive update.
      Please can you confirm what is the scale of time between each ramp-up step in your graph? Is it a week? a month?

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      Nathan Cherubino on

      Thank you, guys. Keep up the good work.

    22. Christopher MacKinnon / "Ichida za Zeal" on

      This sounds like more delays by a cursory skimming, but I'm not seeing a new ETA?

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      M. Niejahr on

      I am so happy for the day the posman rings and says: many greetings from Pimax.

    24. Captain Bosh on

      Great news, looking forward to hearing when shipping will start.

    25. Pimax 8K VR Creator on

      @Damian We will update the schedule when we have confirmed the time required for hardware production, software fine tuning, and UX improvement for the final consumer version.
      @Shea Sitz For business inquiry, please shot an email to sales@pimaxvr.com

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      Thomas Stoller on

      Since I'm leaving for a 4 month trip to south america, you have all the time you need. 😅

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      Karel Lofvers on

      Thank you Pimax for the very positive uptade! It would be nice if the M1 YouTube testers were allowed to publish their first reviews.

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      Anders on

      Hope you are showing up at Game Com now in Aug.

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      Damian on

      hey pablo, i get your frustration but it sounds like you are the exception when it comes to crowdfunding delivery promises not the norm so you may have to take a more philosophical view generally.

      But I would challenge you on that being the main unanswered question - I strongly suspect that most people would prefer know when (and whether) they will get the kit rather than why a promised delivery date was missed significantly!

    30. Pablo Farias Navarro on

      The main unanswered question is why "January 2018" was set as the estimated delivery date.

      That initial delivery date was either the worst estimate ever (whoever set that date definitely doesn't belong to the engineering/technical culture you describe) or an outright lie to raise more money.

      As a Kickstarter creator myself who has as already delivered 8 campaigns on time, it really makes me angry to see people abusing the system in this manner.

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      Paul on

      Thanks for the update Robin great news

    32. Myrothas McMillan on

      So when will I receive mine? :/

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      Ryan Constantine on

      Great news! Thanks. I'm glad you still sound enthusiastic even though the forums have a lot of negativity from backers. I've been confident you'll deliver a product I'll be happy with. So far, all of the Kickstarters I've backed have been great. I'm sure the Pimax 8K will be as well.

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      Damian on

      So can we have a revised delivery schedule to give us an indication of when we might get the various deliverables?

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      Shea Sitz on

      So what is this some business partners will find the current model is ready? We are a VR Arcade franchise and would love to be one of these businesses...

    36. Novus on

      Can’t wait