SINCE WRITING THIS PIMAX RELEASE 1.2.93 BETA, SO I AM DELETING SOME INFO AND RE-WRITING BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS.
Beginner guide to the Pimax and getting the best picture
quality. This will help you solves common issues and use perhaps unknown to you methods to improve image quality.
Once you get you pimax plugged in, dload and install piplay
1.2.93, don’t bother with newer version unless you really have too.
Now run piplay.
IF PIPLAY STARTS THE PIMAX IN VIDEO OR EXTENDED MODE, Navigate to the bottom right of your taskbar in windows, right click on the pimax logo, right click on mode select, and then left click
on pimax, it should now discover the pimax in pimax mode which is what you need to play games. If it doesn’t make sure you have disabled any type of onboard graphics in your bios, even if you are not using
onboard it still needs to be disabled. This is very important or it either won’t
detect at all or will be stuck in extended mode.
In piplay settings…
change IPD to your preference once you find it.
Next, boot up you game of choice and play it, first thing
you will probably notice if your headset is anything like mine, is the
incredibly tiny FOV, to eliminate this, you need to add another cm of foam at
least, that won’t crush when you wear the headset, under the stock sponge. This
will remove the borders. Pimax put the screen to far from the lenses I think,
so you can see the edge like a pair of black curtains obstructing your view. I
used packing foam cut to size that is kind of like polystyrene but doesn’t
crumble or break, but others have used other types. Point is, you need to pull
the screen further away from your face somehow if you see these borders. You
may be lucky and not get them.
If you pulled the screen further from face your IPD may also
need to be lowered to account for this.
You can click the increase brightness in piplay or use the below commands in the debug option.
For High level1 type 10033011
For High level 2 type 10033036
To go back to default type 10033000
Next image quality. The only version of piplay that has a
decent image quality in my opinion previously was 1.1.92, all others they degraded the image
to improve performance which in my opinion was pointless. However now with the release of 1.2.93 you can set the supersampling slider in piplay to 1.2 and get a great image AND great performance. I use a gtx1070.
Next colours, to turn up the colours you need to first unplug
any extra monitors other than your default and reboot your pc, if you don’t you
may have issues. .
Now set the pimax to video mode ( may be called extend in
some versions), then right click on your desktop and go to nvidia or AMD control
panel. Find the display and click on it, then click change desktop colours in
Nvidia control panel under “display” or equiv in AMD. Change vibrancy to your preference,
I prefer 65 - 70%, then change back to pimax mode, the settings will stick and it
will look a lot better.
ELIMINATE GYRO DRIF
1.2.93 also contain an option called Magnetim calibration (They mean magnetism)
Run this, then tilt the headset up, then down, then rotate it left, then right, then repeat all over again until a message displays calibrate complete on the screen. Now run a game and you should have little to no headset drift.
The instructions are badly wroded by pimax in english but the above is what they mean, at first was moving it up down left right instead of tilting up down and rotating left right and this did not work it just made things worse. You could always put it on your head and look up, down, left, right too which should work.
As far as firmware goes, mine crashed when i recieved it updating and appeared
to brick the headset before I had even used it, but I managed to re flash using
the firmware update tool which is on the pimax forum. I have not dared do it
since and use firmware 22.214.171.124. Link to a pimax guide here…
If you ever update piplay and see the light on the top of the HMD flashing different colors or flickering, leave it alone until it finishes and don’t run anything! This will help avoid issues.
My firmware is now on 126.96.36.1995