Let me start out by making some definitions.
5k is actually 2k times 2.
8k is actually 4k times 2.
10k is actually 5k times 2.
It may be too early to start on V2 of the 5k and 8k headsets, but it’s not too early to start discussing. I’m sure someone will disagree.
Let’s start with the 8k. There should not be an 8k v2, or even an 8kx. There should be a 10k. 8k is such an odd number to scale up to. The 5k doesn’t scale up. If the new high end HMD is to be 10k then you’d only have to scale up by 2 and not some weird non integer number.
And the 10k should have the option to either scale up from 5k or accept a 10k signal once we get video cards to support this resolution.
But let’s focus on the 5k. That will probably be the more popular headset.
Of course further improvements to the panel will be made to improve blacks, reduce weight, and reduce screen door effect. But there should also be improvements on what is standardized on the headset.
The 5k V2 should come standard with two front facing cameras, two infrared cameras, and an infrared emmiter. The two front facing cameras should be high resolution with adjustable width. The should be spaced the width of the user’s IPD so that it’ll allow mixed reality. The infrared cameras and the emitter are for hand recognition, aka, Leap Motion, and object recognition to map physical objects into VR.
The 5k V2 should come with eye tracking standard and auto IPD adjustment, standard.
The 5k should have an auto-HMD adjustment (or the lens themselves) so the user doesn’t have to fudge with the HMD to find the sweet spot.
The HMD should not put any stress at all on the face, with the exception of the forehead for mounting.
The 5k should come with independent focus of each pixel (or pixels), or some other mechanism to develop adjustable focus per pixel (or pixels). When you close one eye you should still have some sort of depth perception using the focus of object.
As an accessory, the 5k V2 should have the option of a full body sensor. Either it will be a suit or it will be a harness. But at minimum it should track the torso, arms, hands, legs, and feet.
As an accessory, the 5k V2 should have the option of a face recognition system that can map and reproduce your face in VR while wearing the HMD.
These things should be minimum for the next Pimax HMD. I know, it will cost a lot for each unit, but this is a generational leap, and the first iteration of such a leap is always expensive. I think that was nVidia’s excuse for pricing the 2080ti so high.