what a bold statement though.
it’s the only HMD which offers big FOV & I believe it’s the only point that sells this HMD.
overall it’s low-mid range HMD but they tried to achieve what others didn’t want - FOV & resolution which always delayed a lot until competitors provide something equal or better (G2 atm but it’s top PPD HMD atm & Pimax if not equal then is close to it.)
all other properties are KO/not that good as on other HMDs but ppl use it coz there are no good alternatives. So it’s not a joke & can offer good leisure time if you know how to use it & it offers unique feature which other manufactures don’t.
& FOV is one of the main reasons why everybody has so lot of hassle with this HMDs, coz it’s canted & canted optic is different to commonly used one + software not polished due to that it’s not supported by mainstream & they have to hack it all ways they need, but in this department I guess they did good & it’s usable not hassle free but usable.
Pimax is OK for ppl who wants sense of speed (coz the wider FOV the faster image pass through the driver on periphery) or whom eye relief head prop is different than majority & they perceive much less FOV than usually ppl do with mainstream HMD (toilet rolls syndrome). Also it’s quite open for modding.
Im a OLED fanboy & if Pimax had ok OLED HMD (XR just too bad IMO due to SDE & dullness) I would use it as daily driver, but instead I use it sometimes for simulators. Just hate LCD HMDs, but it’s not about Pimax I also don’t use Index due to this reason although index has better colours then Pimax but it’s still LCD with a lot of jagged edges, poor contrast, cold temperature (adjustable but crushes colours).
to recap, don’t need FOV & resolution with pack of hassle (mostly solvable but not all & some of it has to be done on a regular basis) avoid Pimax & be happy - if you though need it - well you have no alternatives at all, Star VR 3500 & not compatible with many applications it’s total nightmare for non developer user, but it’s closest alternative though to the Pimax atm. You can buy 5k+ which is the most decent HMD after 8kX for about 450-500$ form ebay in ideal condition which is a fair price.
And this is well known recipe for newcomers for wide FOV VR.
I recently bought 8k (OG) & got pissed by it as its my 3rd Pimax HMD & while 5k+ & XR were ok this one just was awful for me, the contrast & overall picture quality, I so hoped pentile will do benefit there +I wanted to check how SDE would look like if Pimax go with 8k Oled & SDE is more or less ok, I guess it’s same level as Vive Pro, but the image itself is very poor quality even worse than 5k+ for me in terms of contrast & overall image quality, so I don’t believe anymore that new Pimax will get better image quality apart of resolution which isn’t the main problem for me but not the least (Onward range shooting).
They have good opportunity to do a excellent HMD but they don’t listen to critic (lenses/optics (no need to avoid canting but they can do better lenses design & decrease MIN inter lenses circles centres distance), + OLED displays or good LCD at least like in G2 - but it’s not achievable for them until they contract third party)) I believe they listed to OLED demand but then did so $hitty OLED implementation (although pure black is awesome featue) so ppl stopped buy it & they assumed there s no demand, but there is, they just didn’t do it right.
Regarding quality issues - don’t worry it will gt fixed eventually as with 5k+, but you bakers will be used to do so & you pay for it, first iterations always problematic, if you want to avoid frustration don’t bake it, buy it once forums report from real persons are ok like fixed hinges, 2 foams, right eye focus, lenses IPD adjustment slack, panels light leackage, dead pixels, strong MURA & lot of other points). Sorry bakers, I know it’s a shame but who bakes it gots the most amount of problems, until ppls get really angry & Pimax fixes it, they always rush, they fail over & over again but in the end we have not a bad HMD, but new releases are often painfull.