For what it’s worth 8k vs 5k.
I get that people at meetups preferred the 5k. While Pimax is not known as a brand of HMDs easy to use anyway, the 5k is less demanding and “picky” to settings than 8k. So comparing the results in a smaller time window is tricky.
As having tested the 5k and owning an 8k I can truly say I like the 8k more.
Using an OD+ as well I’m very spoiled with SDE blacks and colors. That is a “Once you’ve seen you can’t go back” for me. Or at least far less compromises. Look, besides the FOV and expandability Pimax is an HMD of compromises (which is cool) so I very much feel that AFTER SOME HOURS OF GAME TWEAKING I get a better result with the 8k with more balanced compromises.
But in general, Pimax need to step up their game for the 8kX to really shine. Or it’s just gonna be a more expensive HMD with more gimmicks but the same stepbacks in many terms like the other products. Only “hiding” behind having the biggest FOV (which is really awesome and I like it) won’t be a well-asked product if they do not improve panels, panel utilization, lenses. And CLPL sounded like some sort of special panel but compared to other even LCD they seem really inferior.
Having witnessed as a KS backer how long everything took to get it done at least somehow, I very much doubt that the 8kX will be a game changer worth more money. So I’m not on the hype train.
I also totally get that certain lens designs are just not possible to produce for that price range and I don’t blame anyone for that.
But I’m sure that the prototype lenses that eg. voodoo etc. tried and reported on, which kinda really pushed the KS campaign, were lenses maybe not refined but of better quality. So most would have concluded that they are of the same quality of the final product which felt misleading, but again, I get that this is not possible for the money.