I have some doubts for a future Pimax 8K-X HMD.
A few years ago I built a gaming PC that cost me about € 2000 (a large outlay for a PC, in my opinion) and the current components have gone up a lot of price, I have some doubts when purchasing my PRIMER viewer VR.
My PC currently consists of the following components:
- GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 980 Ti Extreme Windforce
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K Processor 6/12
- RAM: 32GB DDR4
- SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 4TB (purchased later)
I currently play in Ultra all NON-competitive games at 1080p (I play on a 32-inch FullHD TV) and I don’t have too many problems to reach 60fps in most games. Of the most demanding I have are Skyrim S.E. with ENB Photorealistic, 4K textures, Enhanced Lights and FX and many other mods, and ARK Survival Evolved, I also have Fallout 4 but I have not modified or tried it yet.
Since the current HMDs don’t convince me for their low Fov and other issues such as controls and tracking (Vive and Oculus have low resolution and too much SDE although the price is not bad, the Vive Pro are too expensive, the WMR have a poor tracking system, although the Samsung Odyssey or Plus have fantastic screens but do not sell them in Europe), I prefer more to the Pimax.
I’m still not willing to buy Pimax because:
1- I find it very expensive to be just the HMD
2- Controls and base stations still not sold (I am not willing to acquire the 1.0 BS or the current wands, only 2.0 BS and Knuckles)
3- They still have problems to solve, both in hardware (especially the 5K +) and in software
4- I can’t try it before deciding to buy it or not
My question is about the overall performance of my PC with the Pimax, taking into account that a 1080 Ti is a bit fair and a 2080 Ti still can not reach the maximum performance in them, and let’s not talk about a 980 Ti.
I am also aware that the input signal of the Pimax 5K/8K is 2x1440p, much higher than a simple 1080p, and my graphics card could not assume so much power required in such high qualities that take advantage of the resolution of the glasses.
My questions about 8K-X as well as ideas for them are the following:
1- If the input signal outside of FullHD instead of 1440p would be less demanding for my graphics card? And even less with BrainWarp activated?
2- Upscale from 1080p to 4K would it give a graphic quality superior than native 1440p or 1440p upscaled to 4K?
3- These glasses could have a more modern scaler to upscale 2x1080p (or accept several other input resolutions) to 2x4K and also the possibility of direct input of native 4K signal without going through the chip scaler with, for example, just touching a button? Thinking of a future in which graphics cards support this native resolution 2x4K.
4- And if the screens were 4K RGB of very high PPI/PPD it would already be orgasmic
If this were the case, I would not have to spend another € 2000 to replace graphic card, processor and motherboard + another € 1300 or more in VR glasses with SteamVR Knuckles controllers and 2.0 base stations. I would save € 2000, but then I would be willing to spend more money of € 1500 on a higher VR glasses (8K-X).
Other ideas that I have about the 8K-X are that it could have the mobile screens along with the lenses for a correct adjustment of IPD without distortions (as already being discussed in the forum) and a better quality and ergonomics casing. The lenses I deduce are good and are of good quality.
Thank you very much for your help and your opinions, and apologize for this long text.
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do in writing it.