Pimax 4K Review - Budget VR


2020: This video is now OLD! The Pimax 4K doesn't have controllers, and thus renders it incompatible with most of today's experiences. It was a cool way to experience 'VR' back in early 2017, but the controllers and much more expansive list of supported games now make controller support an essential. So check out my WMR Lenovo review here: https://youtu.be/-NBMdcUTC2M
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The Pimax 4K can access the same games and applications as the more expensive Oculus and Vive, but at a fraction of the price. It's likely inferior to the other headsets in most ways but does have a few strengths of its own. I believe the headset is passable at most things but does excel at some, like when viewing movies and for playing games at a higher forced resolution than the others can manage. Unfortunately there are no hand controllers or movement sensors for it yet. Not a problem with the headset, but something you should know if you're looking to experience VR with it. Instead, you can have a basic experience with the mouse / keyboard or from a Playstation /Steam controller.

0:00 - Intro
1:14 - Unboxing and the Headset (+ audio quality)
3:09 - Setting it up with your PC
4:14 - What you should know before I review it
4:54 - Visual quality strength: the resolution)
7:20 - Visual quality weakness: 60 Hz
7:46 - Deus Ex VR: The Vomit Room Experience
8:52 - Visual quality weakness: Ghosting
9:30 - Other things noticed
11:02 - Controls and features - what's here and what's missing?
12:42 - The best game I've played on it so far
13:44 - SteamVR
14:04 - PiPlay and its 'experiences'
14:48 - Kodi video player
16:02 - Conclusion
17:52 - Future of VR

In all honesty, I see the Pimax 4K as being a very viable budget VR headset and don't understand why people would directly compare it to products twice its cost. You wouldn't criticise a Radeon 480 for not being as fast as a Geforce 1080, especially if they still both run the same games. The way I see it, the Pimax 4K majorly lowers the price-point required to experience VR but does urgently need its own controllers and base stations. Right now, with VR being in its infancy, I think the Pimax is very viable option if you want to try VR out but don't want to spend so much on what's essentially first-gen hardware.

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