Remember the first time you saw a 4K television? How, when you stepped closer, the pixels seemed so dense and packed? It’s a really cool moment when you see it for the first time. Now, imagine that, but on your face. Yup, that’s the 8K headset. Two times 4K. One for each eye. Holy moley.
Now it is a kickstarter, and they need support. About $200,000 of it.
As an improvement from their 4K headset, their new one is augmented with better transitions, while presenting no lag in viewing panoramic images and videos. This means users will be able to use it to experience up to two hours’ worth of movies and games without experiencing the motion sickness.
Now as far as I understand, this system is compatible with Steam, so you can play your Steam games in 8K. Which, let me remind you, is above 16 million pixels. What.
Pimax Founder & CEO, Robin Weng comments, “The 8K VR headset allows people to become a part of the ultra-high definition environment, by digitizing 2D illustrations from a screen and transforming the very environment around you, invoking a whole new level of emotion while in this 3D virtual space. The 4K was a brilliant breakthrough, and we have grown from that into the next step with the 8K headset, bringing a more genuine realism to virtual reality. “We are closing the gap between reality and the digital world.”
Here is some specs for the techy people out there
- Field of View: 200 degrees
- Resolution: 2*3840×2160, 16.6 million pixels in total
- MTP (Motion To Photon) Latency: <15ms
- Refresh rate: 75/90Hz per eye (support 150/180Hz with Brainwarp)
- Processor: GTX980/1070 or AMD R9 Nano, equivalent and above
- Interface: DP1.4, USB 3.0
- Experience: Seated VR, standing VR, room-scale positional tracking, hand Motion (optional)
- Content: PiHome/Steam/Oculus Home (with a third party tool)
- Audio: 2×3.5 mm audio jack, stereo sound earphones
Overall, really cool. One has to wonder why so much power is needed… but in the end, when you can have a Jaguar engine that powerful, why not make it?