Support for Linux?


My consultation goes from if there would be support for Linux. 3D applications “blender”.


I’m so sorry about it, we do not have this plan to support Linux now. Sorry.


It will be a long time.Please just use windows.


Nope, sorry, no windows here, i refuse to use spyware… if you like it, fine for you, but many of us do not want it.

We can understand if you support first windows, but later on also support linux (and mac if possible)
pimax should support linux. If you open specs, be open source friendly and ask for help, open source people can even do most of the work. Ask for help in kernel mailing list and mesa (or even steam, with steamvr compatibility and cheaper, more VR alternatives may be a great thing for then) and offer 2 or 3 sets to the developers that want to help and magic will appear

anyway, if this had linux support, i would just buy itnow, a few hours after i found it… but as it do not have, i will wait. Maybe this will have linux support, maybe others may show up with linux support, or htc steamvr may drop the price (it already have linux support)


Hey i hear you. I prefer Linux as well (running Manjaro).

Atm no linux support. Truth think we need the kernel to mature more with new display stack utilising wayland.

Also waiting on Valve to push vr support in linux. There is drivers in steam for linux & osx so hopefully soon.

I just run multiple machines. I have a W10 game only pc setup in the mean time. Nothing worth spying on a limited use machine.


I liked this HMD, but will wait until it supports Linux to buy one.


I wonder if the community could create a wrapper like what was used for wireless drivers til native support arrives.


+1 (will buy, once there is linux support)


Hey as a fellow linux junky. Might be an idea to see if some kind of wrapper can be made like they used to use for wireless windows driver.



I am really looking forward for Linux support.

Would mind telling more about the nature of the blocker here? Is it upstream software stack (e.g. Valve) or is just a matter of making the package Linux-compatible?

@Pimax-Support @xunshu @PimaxVR


I am in the same camp. At present i would say resources. They have been hard at it getting it nice & stable on 1 platform. I am sure once thats done and/or more resources we will see linux support. Especially since the graphic stack is coming along nicely in linux.

Currently into Manjaro


Hi, given that Windows system is mainstream in VR market and the limited resource we have, Linux is beyond our plan at present, sorry.


I would reccommend after 8k launch complete. Look into just porting the driver. Oculus did one using a combo of a linux native bin & using wine with sdk to fill in the blanks.

Linux actually has stronger vr programing. Valve might be willing to help


This Article might be usefull. As if ww can use part of this might be able use it to see PiMax headset as a vive & use steamcompositor.

Might just need a tool to switch hmd into pimax mode


Thanks, I have reported it to our internal system and product dept. will discuss this feature.


Any updates on using Pimax on Linux? Did steamcompositor work out?


I suppose there is a bit of a problem with the “most gamers use Windows” stat in that a Pimax 5k+ is not a mid-range consumer product where most Windows users are at, but instead a high end only product. At least most everyone I come across who is both enough of an enthusiast to want one of these and has the kind of job that will pay for this this is either on a Mac and using it to access Linux servers or works directly with Linux all day both desktop and server. The problem with Mac though is while Steve Jobs was 3D friendly, he is gone and Tim Cook is very anti 3D and has been closing off the platform to any and all 3D use with major software houses in turn abandoning the platform because of this. So this just leaves Linux if any of these high end users want to use this headset without having a second expensive Windows computer just to use it. Actually with Steam now having really good Linux support overall, the whole second box deal just for gaming is going away for me, let alone a second box beefy enough to drive this headset. This is just too much money and hardware breaks and becomes obsolete after a while, especially when trying to push higher pixel count VR headsets, so this proposition is just not reasonable for most anyone, especially not so many of the people who would otherwise go for a headset like this.


Ah… I just found this thread and am now quite disappointed.

I currently own an original HTC Vive, from the very first wave when it was released back in 2016. I’ve been looking to upgrade and was eagerly awaiting news about Valve’s offering. I was likely going to get either a Pimax 5k Plus, or a Valve Index, depending on specs. Now that the information is out about the Index, and we’ve seen that it doesn’t have anywhere near the field of view… I started leaning towards the Pimax.

Field of view is super important to me, and I hate how the Vive is like I’m wearing some kind of helmet with a small window on the front, or like looking through binoculars. The tunnel vision is so bad. I don’t understand why most of these VR headsets are sticking with such a low field of view. It doesn’t make any sense. The Index improves on it at least compared to the Vive, but it’s still no Pimax…

So I was probably going to get a Pimax. I’d already checked on pricing and was already putting together my upgrade plans. I never considered that it might not support Linux, as it’s a SteamVR headset, so I thought it’d just work like the Vive does. But now I see this thread… now I don’t know what to do. Settle for the Index instead, with Linux support but worse field of view? :confused:


Truth I am avid linux user myself. I have a W10 pc for Gaming.

Htc Vive has some code added to linux kernel. With some of the advances with steam linux like using a special branch of wine to run games. I have heard Wine has some advances to read usb ports. So with luck we might have some kind of work around coming…

Keep in mind I am not a pimax employee & what I am refering to would likely be linux community derived at present.

Pimax at present needs to get 1 platform optimised with all the features before bramching out.


Optimize is something Pimax still needs to do with this headset. I was just talking to my brother on May 11th about his Pimax 5k+. He is driving it with an MSI 2080 Ti Seahawk EK X which is custom loop liquid cooled through a thick 480mm rad on his Win10 box. He says while the game play on a AAA title seemed smooth to him, the card is pegged at 100% GPU utilization, gets up to 55C even though it is liquid cooled, and the room heats up rather quick. It sounds like the Windows drivers have improved, but he is still having trouble getting it to look right at settings that don’t complely slam his GPU.

I was looking into getting the Pimax 5k+ and even put the same card into my Linux box in preparation, but then found out about the lack of Linux support, so now thinking about the Valve Index as there is no other good option it seems to get away from the terribly low resolution and FoV of first gen headsets. At least the Pimax 5k+ is a huge improvement, so if they where to jump onto Linux, it would be a great thing to have.