I think this is a bit harsh, isn't it ?
There were something like at least 10 different new VR HMDs on display, not all of them public yet, so you will not immediately see coverage of them, and then think of accessoires like haptics and general component tech which may be on display too. So limited time for the journalists to allocate to one company, and Pimax is not (yet) one of the big ones.
Interviews are nice, but when the message is "here is our final prototype (save for 90 Hz), we plan to ship the HMD pretty soon" then the main focus of a valuable article simply has to be the state of the product as experienced first hand by the journalist. Full stop. So how does that match with your comment about "nothing we could not have learnt from the internet" ? That dude was there, put his own hands on the 8K, he did not read another users review in the internet, if you perhaps misunderstood that ? If anything, I expect them to get an own impression of what the device really delivers, and not just rely on what other users or the company tells them. Exactly that he did here.
If such a near final prototype shows some serious shortcomings, what do you expect a journalist to do ?! If the Vive Pro had tracking issues et al while being slated for release in Q1, would you not expect the journalists to also tell the world about that in clear words and not just trust that these will be gone next month when it's released only because Dan O'Brien tells them in an interview that all flaws will be resolved within the coming 4-8 weeks, just please ignore them and don't tell anybody ?
RoadtoVR know about the evolution of the 8K - it was already impressive when shown at CES 2017, but had some issues back then. Now, one year on and almost reaching production phase, as a journalist you have to wonder if you are not left with the same feeling your team had one year ago - promising device but still some serious flaws to address. How does that affect the belief in such issues being resolved by this company within a few weeks/months till release ?
As you may have noticed, I am generally positive about the 8K, and still believe Pimax will eventually sort it out, but I do not think we should try to pressure any reviewers to not dare to speak out what they see, experience.
From all I can see on Reddit and other media, the Vive Pro is in a better shape today than the 8K V5. This is the current status, I certainly am not happy about it, but have to accept it. We all share the hope that Pimax will overcome the last hurdles, and hopefully rather sooner than later, and if it does, the 8K will make the Vive Pro look a bit like a previous gen HMD. But this week it did not happen. That was a calculated risk Pimax took when appearing on the grandest stage with a prototype which was not really ready for the show - we know the V3 would have fared better than the V5.
Don't blame the messenger for the message you did not like.