Just spent the last two weeks using my old OG Vive 2 while waiting for my Pimax 8K to return, and thought I would share some personal and I hope genuine observations from this experience.
I’ll be frank here about my observations.
The colors are simply better in the HTC Vive OG2 model compared to my Pimax 8K.
The limited field of view is far worse. It would be acceptable if there wasn’t a better option and for someone new to VR. ( I would even recommend it if you can obtain one.)
Here is the main concerning observation I wish to be heard by someone who can do something about this.
The SteamVR and Htc Vive intergration is far better than what Valve and SteamVR are doing for Pimax. Everything ran more smoothly out of the gate. No need to make any drastic adjustments.
I adjusted supersampling and it worked fine.
But the most concerning thing is although the Pimax 8k should give a far better image and it did when I first recieved mine almost a year ago. Things have obviously went down hill with the Pitool and Steam VR integration. I have noticed this development over the past year and it seems to me that each successive SteamVR update things have progressively worsened for the my Pimax 8K. I always have to readjust settings to give an acceptable performance and better image while fighting a what seems a worsening condition.
I am able to do the necessary tweaks and fiddly things to achieve this but my point is, can the first time user or newbie do the same. Highly unlikely! They want SteamVR to give them the best possible resolution and performance for their HMD without the hassle. Valve is doing it for HTC Vive, why not for the PImax?
When my Pimax 8k was returned to me I noticed this after removing the Vive software and reinstalling both SteamVR and PiTool. The first viewing was horrible. It looked god awful before I made any adjustments. Testing with Fallout 4VR revealed to me that the resolution appears much greater in the OLD HTC Vive and this should not be the case for the First Time User of the Pimax.
Ok so why do I care to take my time out to type this stupid stuff. Well I Like my Pimax 8K and I look forward to receiving my 8KX when its ready. So mostly selfish I guess because in order to continue to use what I still consider the best affordable consumer VR headset on the market I want the company to succeed and they have been mostly good to the Kickstarter backers and obviously anyone who truly looks back on what they have achieved and how they continue to try and bring the best VR experience to their customers despite those who would love to stomp on their new ideas and progressive expansion in VR.
Final word Pimax is awesome bringing Large FOV to VR, my brief return to the Vive has shown me this, my situational awareness is far expanded in 170 degrees horizontal as well as the scaling is much improved in both SkyrimVR and Fallout 4VR there is no doubt. Please someone who can fix SteamVR and PiTool integration.