Yes, just a(nother) move intended to control the crowd.
Just another chewing bone thrown to try to bury the discussions/requests about the KS accessories we are still waiting for.
And judging by the number of answers in this thread (including mine, if you want), this strategy works well…
But then, will the first native 4K HMD still be a 3DOF HMD like the 5K+ and 8K ?
Also what is the next Pimax move ? After delaying the lighthouse taking for excuse the controllers were too close, are we going to see another forced lighthouse delay “because the 8KX will also be close of the controllers release, so why not delay the LH again” ?
As for the specs I’m not impressed at all by the 75Hz refresh (or even 80Hz if they really manage to do it).
With the 5K+ we already accept to trade black level for clarity/less SDE and this is already a heavy compromise (for everyone who likes dark games, can be horror games but not only that, also night races in simracing, of night flights in flightsims, and many other non-horror games with dark levels).
But now for even more clarity / less SDE we should also compromise on refresh rate, and for me this is too much compromise for a high-end (price-wise) HMD.
I’m not willing to pay 1K+ for a 75/80Hz HMD. 90Hz is a minimum at that price, and I’m sad to see so many people accepting to compromise on this refresh rate limit.
Sure 75/80Hz will remain playable and even not incomfortable. I do use my 5K+ at 72Hz when I don’t have the ressources to handle a steady 90fps BUT it has a noticeable hit in playability when we are talking about any competitive gaming.
For exemple I recently trained at 90Hz (with steady 90fps) for a multiplayer race (assetto corsa), then the day of the race I had to go down to 72Hz due to the heavy load with the 30 cars on track, and I was about 1sec slower and wasn’t even able to keep the car on track without spinning after having no issue at all after 200+ training laps.
Even though I have not doubled checked yet to confirm my theory I really suspect the lower refresh rate for being responsible of this much harder car handling (resulting in much slower laptimes too). I already felt numerous times during training that 72Hz was making the driving significantly harder than 90Hz, and have heard the same for other fast paced games like eleven table tennis (I have it but not tried yet since I got the 5K+) or even beat saber.
That’s why I won’t consider a 8KX if it doesn’t have a 90Hz mode. I would then stay with my 5K+. I could even be tempted to sell it to get the 120/144Hz from the index. Because for competitive gaming, refresh rate really matters. I’m just not decided yet because of the smaller FOV that is still uncertain (110?-120?-130?), to then be able to weight if that tradeoff on the FOV is worth the refresh rate gain, as I don’t play “only” competitve games and the 150/170 FOV from the 5K+ is nice too while still keeping a good compromise on the refresh rate with the 90Hz mode).