today I had the chance to sit down with Pimax COO Kevin Henderson for an interview. In a nutshell, these are the interesting bits of info:
Pimax Artisan will come with tracking and controllers from Nolo VR, moreover it will ship with headphones similar to those of the Pimax 4k. FOV is 140° horizontal/170° diagonal and therefore similar to the “normal” setting of the current Pimax headsets. Artisan is using 2 displays (LCD) with full RGB Stripe matrix and offers manual IPD adjustment. There will be 2 Artisan SKUs, one version with Nolo tracking/controllers and headphones similar to those of Pimax 4k and a standalone version without the Nolo tracking/controllers and headphones. Both SKUs are still compatible with Valve Lighthouse tracking and include the full sensor set needed to work in a Lighthouse environment. Prices are said to be competitive and will be revealed at CES 2020.
Pimax 8K X and 8K Plus are both ready and small amounts of stock are being sent out in this month already. End of February, March devices will be sent out a good scale, according to Kevin Henderson.
Yeah, great, so 8K-X is shipping already, yet BACKERS don’t even have return labels for their loan units, so yet again backers who paid 2 years ago are getting the shaft in preference to pre-orderers who paid a higher price.
Don’t be offended, but it might be more about logistics and team structures and less about preference of nicknames …
I guess just some sort of info on how many a week or something could help to know that progress is made .
Some of us have been asking for months for return labels as we wanted to be ready for the 8K-X release so that we wouldnt get passed over. But else haven’t returned our loan units, meaning they must be giving priority to people who paid to keep their loan unit, which is exactly what we wanted to avoid.
And if we still dont even have return labels they will probably just go straight in to shipping preorders.
@PimaxUSA just again mentioned that the original backer 400 are first in line …
but sure if they have 500 made a person in Asia might have it a bit before you because he is one of the lucky 100…
Edit: sure I guess the label thing is not communicated well, but don’t panic just because of that!
Yeah, I’m not panicing, its just with the constant stream of dissapointments that is being a pimax backer, i know they are going to screw this up again. I mean, pre-orderers were getting their 5k+'s way before i got mine purely because i only filled in about 8 of the survey monkey things they sent out and apparently they still couldn’t work out my address even though it was the same on kickstarter and all the way through all the surveys i filled out.
I’d much prefer to actually hear the plan from someone at Pimax rather than just random people saying “it’ll be fine” and “please wait for an update”.
It’s a bit weird that an Entry Level headset would come with actual headphones yet the Pimax 8k X and 8k+ only have speakers as standard. Perhaps they’ve changed the 8k+ and 8k X to include these. Honestly they really should. Speakers like the ones built into the MAS probably won’t be able to provide very good sound stage due to where they’re placed. Index can do it because the speakers are more horizontal to your ears, as well as covering a wider area. With this though the speakers appear to be very small and are built into the strap rather than on the sides.