Another one from Reddit:
I was lucky enough to try all the products at CES 2018 yesterday. Here is my review. Ive been using VR since launch and own both Oculus and Vive so I think I know my VR well enough to have a reasonable opinion....
PIMAX 8K Something weird about view, it feels like eye straining and I got weird reflections at edges of lenses. Was like wearing a cheap phone VR set for eye “weirdness”... no matter how much adjustment. Unfortunately i was very underwhelmed.. Brightness was poor too. If this is what we are getting then most will be disappointed. I think I’ve just thrown away £400 tbh. Wasn’t blown away by immersion, didn’t feel like a big step up.
Also for the amount of money invested the stand was pretty poor in presentation. A black curtained affair, didn’t come across very well polished and the pc was running with side cover off as the graphics card was extremely hot. (I touched it). You would think with 15 million dollars invested they would have made more of an effort to have a better stand, better pc setups etc ready?
Only demo was “the blue”. I came away feeling sceptical about what is going to be delivered.
HTC VIVE PRO Yesterday I also tried the new htc vive on the intel stand. Not much better, yes it looks funky (great design). Yes it feels comfortable but not a great deal better than the deluxe, and yes was a bit lighter (but no different to an oculus) but I didn’t think the resolution improvements were that significant although the demo was some dark intel walkthrough (and its still tethered of-course). Not ground breaking and certainly not worth upgrading for.
INTEL WIRELESS SOLUTION I also tried the intel wireless solution on an original htc vive. Weight wise added no extra weight on top which was good. It worked fine and seems a better solution than the tpcast (no router but a transmitter so less components). The receiver has two horns looks a bit weird.
TPCAST 2.0 I then found the tpcast booth and tried the tpcast v2...What a pile of shit. They have put a smaller battery in a big plastic section that goes on top of the head (it hides some cables (apparently)and gives battery a mounted area at rear. Things heavy as fuck, i did a room with four of us in doing a multiplayer bow and arrow game which was fun but the thing just feels like a big weight on the back of the head. Certainly not worth worrying about buying if an original owner. I told her people want to see a smaller battery released for the version 1 and improved software not a version 2 that doesn’t really bring anything to the table. Version 2 maybe why they held back on supplying us a smaller battery so people think “hey cool they have integrated the battery in the head” its awful trust me... battery in the pocket is a far better experience right now.
CONCLUSIONS Came away thinking nothing has really moved VR forward in a big way this year. I cant take back my kickstarter investment but if they deliver what i saw or something close then i for one will be cashing in early on the hype and selling mine in eBay to at least get my money back. There will be plenty of people sucked in by the hype of some of these you tubers (like me) in the past. I was really disappointed tbh.