Pimax 5K+ revisited for the first time since pre-Kickstarter

Back before the Kickstarter, I was one of a small group of people in San Francisco that got the lucky opportunity to try out prototypes of the 5K and 8K headsets. The 5K even had a prototype hand tracking module. While I was impressed, I had weird blurriness at the center of the screen on both headsets and neither matched my IPD.

I was skeptical that the final headsets that would ship as part of the Kickstarter campaign would have working IPD adjustment that would allow my eyes to focus properly in the headset and I opted out of backing at the time.

Fast forward to recent months. @vrgamerdude has been talking up how much he loves his 5K+ and advised that he had tried it on a GTX 1070 system similar to my own. I had a friend who was an original backer who still had his 5K+ in a box and he had decided to sell it. I picked it up for what I thought was a fair price, expecting it to not knock me off of my feet but figured it would be good to have in my collection of tester headsets for different VR applications for beta testing.

When I installed initially, my Nvidia drivers were too old and so the image wouldn’t render to the headset. I uninstalled Pitool, updated my Nvidia drivers and reinstalled PiTool v1.0.1.179. It updated the firmware on the headset to v2.1.255.244. I put on the headset and still had some distortion, especially on the sides but by disabling the Hidden Area Mask, it at least functioned properly. My IPD is supported just fine and while the value in headset is different than what I’m used to, it is a clear picture with depth. It just had a lot of distortion and warping.

I figured it was still a good investment but I’d just bought a headset I wouldn’t be using very often. Then talking again to vrgamerdude, he brought up the new beta firmware (m248). I installed it with a bit of hesitation, as I have one of the early Kickstarter backer headsets that doesn’t support 120hz mode currently and worried that it would have issues.

Not only did the firmware install, it feels almost like a completely different headset than the previous public firmware. With m248, the graphics seem sharper, the distortion, especially on normal mode, feels like it is completely gone. Playing Elite: Dangerous feels amazing and I am finally fully a believer in Pimax and can endorse the experience I’ve had with the 5K+.

I never wished ill will on Pimax but it is great to see that the 5K+ is getting to the point where I can potentially recommend it to other VR enthusiasts. I’m fortunate to have had that initial experience pre-Kickstarter and have continued to follow the progress and iteration on these products.

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Where is this firmware you’re referring to?

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Erik this is awesome to hear man… So glad I was able to help you get it sorted and that you now know why I have been so vocal about my love of this headset over in our private group! Gonna have to get together and fly in Elite one of these nights my friend! []-)

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Here ya go… Install this separately and then install the latest Pitool beta and it will make a world of difference! New beta M248 firmware is available now

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Is this different than PiTool 197? I have that currently installed.

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No… Looks like you just need the M248 Firmware then! It didn’t come with the Pitool 197 install and has to be done separately / manually.

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Awesome, thanks for the heads up. :+1:t3:

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Always glad to help! []-)

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One last question, is today’s firmware newer than what you had linked?

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Yes… today’s firmware came out today…LOL but seriously I just installed it and it is working well. Also as a bonus I fired up Stormland and it is now working straight from the new Pitool! This is one game I have been waiting for!!! []-)

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Awesome news! Can’t wait to get out of work to check it out tonight! Thx.

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Cool… always glad to help!

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btw, installed the new FW when I got home tonight and bought Stormland. That game is incredible on the Pimax!

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Although I was fortunate with my first 5K+ (aside the cracks) I was relived to find my second equal to the satisfaction and a better build and calibration. Having held off until today on PT 197 (was waiting for the firmware to be incorporated), I must share your feeling even more now as this PT is the best yet.
What Pimax is lacking in business acumen, they certainly aren’t from a technical effort standpoint. I was particularly happy with the DCS bump by around 8 fps.

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Is there a similar firmware upgrade for the 8K?

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With the last Pitool comes a new firmware yes.

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