After tinkering with color, backlight, Steam, and audio, as well as just more experience with the headset, I finally had my great Pimax moment.
After a few hours of good experiences in Nature Treks, Jet Island, and the Blu… I returned to Skyrim.
I got the lighting to a decent place (love the latest PiTool beta btw), and walked around outside for a while… Then night time hit, and ho-lee ****.
I was up on the mountains looking out across the valley in front of Whiterun… I could see the beautiful Northern Lights, the mountains miles away… the giant moons…
And the freaking view, man. The ridiculous FOV changed the entire experience.
It was a totally different experience… off the charts. I walked around saying “Oh my god” for a good 10 minutes or so.
I could see the entire valley at once… the Aurora Borealis filled my entire vision… for once it really felt like that 89% more horizontal screen… I was standing on this perch and I was just surrounded by the night. The sense of presence was wildly different.
Then I went to Dragonsreach and walked out onto the Great Porch… and again just insane, the sky just opens up in front of you as you walk forward to the balcony.
Later I pulled on my Odyssey for a different game, and it was this tiny little black tube. I actually wondered if it had changed… like what the hell happened, how did I ever use this?
Anyways… Pimax can still be a pain… but it gets better, and it provides some other-worldly experiences that are impossible with any other consumer HMD.
Though still waiting for a low SDE OLED.