The Crystal and 12K are not Kickstarter projects. Everyone keeps talking about the expectation of them being demoed along the way during their development. I know that Pimax talked about doing this at one point, but they don’t have to, and it’s questionable whether they should.
Do you expect Meta or Valve to show demos of their VR headsets prior to their launches? Companies typically do not demo products to the public prior to release.
Kickstarter projects are the exception because they need to publicly show their backers that they’re making progress along the way. Every product Pimax has made previously has been a kickstarter project, but the new Reality series of headsets are not. And that should change our expectations about transparency during development. We are not backers this time.
If you look at it from that perspective, Pimax has actually been unusually transparent compared to other companies in the VR industry. Look, for instance, at how much Apple has told us about their upcoming headset compared to what Pimax has told us about their upcoming Crystal and 12K. Do you see Apple revealing most of their specifications a full year before their expected launch date? Ever?
Not being kickstarter projects inherently radically alters their approach. The parts I found most meaningful in their interview with MRTV about the 12K were not the reveals of details about the 12K itself, but rather the commentary about how Pimax has grown larger and has changed internally, and how development of the 12K has been different than it was for prior projects like the 8KX.
We have good reason to expect different than the previous status quo from Pimax this time around. It is not conjecture that the circumstances for the Crystal and 12K are different from the circumstances for Pimax’s prior products. The fact that these are not kickstarter projects changes a lot of things.