I’ve posted this in the Elite Dangerous forums, but I thought I’d try here as well.
I’ve been using my loan 5K+ for ED since I got it, and it was working fine. I’ve been able to play Elite with it all looking great. However, I stopped using it for a few months while I was on the DW2 trip, but kept updating the Pimax software and HMD firmware as and when new ones came out. I’ve recently tried it again and now I’m getting a strange problem that I can’t seem to find any information on, or fixes for.
The problem isn’t easy to describe, so please bear with me. For each eye’s screen, the image is clear on the edge periphery (so on the outer edge), but as you look closer in towards the centre, the image becomes more ‘double’, almost like it’s being smudged. By about 60% across, it’s got to the point where text is unreadable. It’s only in the horizontal plane, and I’ve made sure the lenses are clean and scratch-free. It also doesn’t matter where I point my head, the smudge distortion is always on the inside edge of the two screens, nearest to my nose, slowly becoming clearer as you look out towards the periphery of each screen. It’s almost as if the ‘sweet spot’ is right on the very outer edges of each screen/eye.
I’ve tried going back a couple of PiTool versions, but no luck. I’ve tried other Steam VR games and they all look normal. ED is the only thing (that I’ve found so far) that’s doing this. ED looks normal on startup, with the Frontier logo fine, the ED logo fine, and even the parts where it caches the data, all look fine. It only kicks in when it goes to the main menu, and is the same in game too, making ED unplayable for me in VR now. I’ve even tried turning Parallel Projections off, just to check, and with that off the image is back to being clear right across each screen, from outer edge to in by my nose, albeit screwed up because PP is off. So I know that the hardware and lenses are also fine.
If anyone knows what’s going on, and/or has any ideas about how to fix it, then I’d be forever grateful. As it is now, I can’t use my Pimax for the one purpose I got it for.