Hey Pimax and all Backers,
so after one and a half year finally I received my Pimax 5K+ this week. Yesterday I had the time to unpack and install. I had backed the Pimax for simulation games in my sim rig (Assetto Corsa, ACC, PC2, Dirt Rally, iRacing) where this better SDE and FOV is what I was dreaming on
After the unpacking I directly saw the scratches on the right eye lens … what a let down:
Nevertheless I installed it to get a WOW about SDE and FOV (I used PiToolSetup_22.214.171.124_R193). More or less the SDE and the FOV are the only 2 things that are great but all other is a huge disappointment.
Minimal distance to the Lighthouse seems to be 1.5 - 2 meters, so i had a lot of problems to initially set up the room space until I moved the Pimax away from my rig and put in a store behind the rig. So each time I tried a game I had to move the Pimax away from my rig to establish the tracking. But as soon it’s closer to the lighthouse the tracking is not stable, one time I get 15 minutes of racing without tracking loss. My lighthouse is slightly to the left and above the monitor approx. 1 m distance to the HMD.
-> The SW is way to unstable to use it on a regular basis never ever would I start a online racing with this unstable tracking.
Very uncomfortable to wear. My regular IPD is 63.1 mm this means with this IPD the inner parts of the lenses are pressing on my nose because the foam is way to thin to hold the lens away from my nose. BTW: absolutely never had a problem with my VIVE or my RIFT.
-> There are at least more foam replacements needed to wear it out of the box.
(I had a spare VIVE foam replacement with helped, but as the VIVE is more narrow and had a rubber nose light blocker it’s not a real solution).
The focus distance seems to be a little lower as RIFT and VIVE, because for me the picture was a little blurred. I need glasses for distances under 1 m (about +1.25 SPH) but I would say there is no way to wear glasses, there is absolutely no space. I’m also unsure if there will be prescripton lens inserts like for VIVE because of the form of the lenses.
-> If you really need glasses for distances under 1 m the picture will be blurry. Maybe there could be a way for another distance holder for the Pimax.
Color and contrast. Color is more washed out in comparison to VIVE and RIFT also the contrast is lower between light and dark places.
-> The discussed color adjustment is not availbale in the PiTool SW.
Assetto Corsa is running fine in Steam VR mode (OpenVR).
Project Cars 2 is not usable. The right eye rendering is ok but left eye rendering is way to much to the right side, so you get two not matching pictures (the menu is ok but in car is not usable). I tried hidden mask on / off, parallel projections on / off but no way to drive. I don’t understand this because it seems as PC2 has already functioned.
Dirt Rally (has only Oculus support, no Steam VR support) no way to get this working. May be the old way with ReVive could work but I had backed the Pimax because of the support of Steam VR AND Oculus.
The FOV and the SDE is way better than my VIVE and RIFT but with the problems this is only a show case but not really usable on a normal basis in a sim rig.
So let’s see if Pimax can solve the problems and let’s wait for SW and HW updates. I should get a better strap, more foams etc.
Summed up I see the potential but in this status it’s not usable and a lot of my friends have waited for my Pimax to see how it works … at the moment they better go for another HMD.