Hi everyone. I wondered if some kind people here could possibly explain something to me? I’m in the low #400 of Kickstarter backers and to my surprise have been sent an email by Pimax giving me 1 week to decide to wait for my 8K-X or swap to 5K/8K. E.g. they can ship me a different headset if I want. I couldn’t believe it! Yet before I got too excited, I took a further look on what was on offer but then realised there was a few hurdles, or at least how I interpret things.
I could have decided what to do now without question, and not make a thread here, if the 8K-X update had come out in October as promised and we’d all known the direction of 8K-X. With no news, however, I can only take a risk it and either do nothing and wait maybe until well into 2019 or longer, or enter blindly into a swap for a 5K+ headset now. My concern is, to my regret, in a month or so Pimax tells us the 8K-X is coming out in summer 2019! This is an issue if I am effectively buying a 5K/8K and it’s not a loaner headset for a short while, because then obviously Pimax will give my 8K-X pledge to someone else and I shoot myself in the foot jumping to soon and not being patient.
- Is it an actual fact 8K-X full package backers (who only want to buy 1 headset) can get a loaned 5K/8K headset in the mean time, use it, and then post it back to China once the 8K-X is produced? It seems very generous of Pimax to do this if this is correct. From what I can tell this is not the case though, and Pimax are offering to effectively SELL me the a 5K/8K outright, which would be a second headset in addition to my eventual 8K-X. I don’t wan that as I don’t have the finances or need for two headsets. Could someone please tell me the facts?
Lets say I’m wrong, there is no ‘loaned’ headset and this is a fantasy. So I looked up the difference in price between 5K full package and 8K-X full package:
I pledged $999 for 8K-X full package + $100 for leap motion ($1099) before postage. This is $399 more than 5K full package without leap motion module. So I was guessing in the email it would say 8K-X owners who want to ‘swap’ (I actually wanted a loaner, but the Pimax email doesn’t use the word loan) get $299 to $399 rebate, depending on if they paid $100 for the leap motion module during the campaign, as I did. Except it didn’t say this at all.
Instead, Pimax appears to be saying, if I swap to a 5K from an 8K-X they’ll offer me only a $100 token for accessories and keep my $1099 . Correct me if I’m wrong, but as they have my money ($1099), this would mean by downgrading from 8K-X full package + Leap Motion module, to 5K full package ($699) + $100 free token admittedly, I would actually still lose $300?
5K Full package: $699 + $100 free token for 8K-X backers = $799 total value.
8K-X Full package: $999 + my $100 Leap Motion payment during Kickstarter = $1099
$1099 - $799 = $300 difference.
Naturally none of the above matters, if, incredibly I can receive a loan 5K/8K headset for free whilst waiting for an 8K-X and can then post it back to China, but this doesn’t appear to be on offer, just an actual physical swap away from 8K-X to a 5K/8K which appears to lose me a net $300 if I agree to it.
Thanks for any input, and sorry for the confusion.