Along with Pimax’s new additions to its “8K” headset line, “8K” X and Plus, the company offered up an avalanche of info on their upcoming accessories for consumers, as well as upgrade options for Kickstarter backers & pre-order customers looking to get the latest gear.

The company released the info on its newly christened ‘Pimax Day’ where they showcased a number of accessories and modules that were previously listed through its 2017 Kickstarter.

There’s plenty to cover: you’ll find pricing, release dates, and specs for the following modules/accessories below including the optical hand-tracking module, eye-tracking module, audio strap, comfort kit, 10-meter cable, and SteamVR 2.0 basestations.

Skip below the lists to find more info on the backer/pre-order upgrade programs Pimax has devised.

Hand-tracking

  • Price: $170
  • Shipping: in December, first to backers who opted for the module
  • Made with UltraLeap (previously UltaHaptics)
Image courtesy Pimax

Eye-tracking Module

  • Price: $300 ($200 for backers)
  • Shipping: to testing groups December 15th
  • Backers can use coupons to reduce to $100
  • Designed in partnership with 7Invensun
  • Special design for wide FOV headsets with canted displays
  • Enables DFR (dynamic foveated rendering)
  • Compatible with the all Pimax headsets
Image courtesy Pimax

Modular Audio Strap

  • Price: $120
  • Shipping: in December, to backers first
  • Includes high-end replaceable audio above the ear speakers
  • Includes an extra face-foam in the box
  • Compatible with all Pimax headsets
Image courtesy Pimax

Vision Comfort Kit

  • Price: $50
  • Shipping: November 1st
  • Includes a new design of the facial interface that is designed to reduce visual artifacts, Nose Guard to prevent light leakage, and larger soft forehead padding.
  • Supports all Pimax headsets
Image courtesy Pimax

10 Meter Extended Length Cable (normal Pimax cable is 5 meters)

  • Price: $99.95 + Shipping
  • Shipping: in November, available for order soon
  • Low impedance extra-long single cable
  • Allows for much wider room scale VR environments
  • DP 1.4 and USB 3

Lighthouse 2.0 Base Stations

  • Price: $300 deposit, final consumer price N/A
  • Shipping: in 3-4 weeks to those who have ordered them
  • No added charges or shipping costs
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Upgrade Programs

Pimax is offering a few upgrade programs aimed at keeping their patient backers & pre-order customers happy, including paths to upgrading controllers, basestations, and headsets; this is mostly due to cover for some of the delays in manufacturing.

Controller Upgrade Program

Since Pimax’s in-house developed Sword Controllers are officially delayed until March 1st, 2020, and Sword Sense until May 1st, 2020, the company is offering one of two options to pre-order customers.

  • Option 1: Receive Valve Index controllers instead, pay the difference plus a small fee. Lead time is 6 weeks to ship. Controllers and Base Stations bundle also translates to a bundle.
  • Option 2: Apply the money backers paid for the Sword controllers (Up to $200 per set) and we will add an additional $50 (up to $250) applied to an 8K+ or 8KX headset.
Image courtesy Pimax

Headset Upgrade Program

Pimax says that customers who already own a “5K” Plus, “5K” XR, or “8K” are going to get a discount that they can then apply to the company’s upcoming “8K” Plus and “8K” X headsets, although they haven’t said how much the discount will be at this time.

The company will have a dedicated site sometime in October  where backers and pre-order customers can do a number of things such as activate their headset credit, swap for Index Controllers, and get plans to 3D print the Prescription Lens Adapter.

Pimax community manager Martin Lammi (aka SweViver) held a livestream with company COO Kevin Henderson that dives deeper into each program. You can check out Part 1 and Part 2 for more detailed info on the headsets and upcoming accessories.

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  • Alexander Grobe

    Since Pimax’s in-house developed Sword Controllers are officially delayed until March 1st, 2020, and its SteamVR basestations (Sword Sense) until May 1st, 2020, the company is offering one of two options to pre-order customers.

    The Sword Sense are controllers and not Steam VR basestations. They have fingertracking which supposed to be on feature par with the Valve Index Controllers.

    • ViRGiN

      They will “have” fingertracking once they are out. Pimax always talks a lot and ALWAYS underdeliver.

  • Niklas Fritzell

    Yay, buy all these expensive things an enjoy using them in like zero titles. Looks like pimax is doing a rift s every six months with all their constant new headsets…

    • Kev

      zero titles? Works with all steam and oculus games just fine. I get close to 90fps on some of the most demanding titles. They have ffr and smart smoothing in their driver too btw.

    • paratay

      Hey Dick head, get your facts right before posting false news, Pimax works with ALL steam and Oculus games

      • Niklas Fritzell

        Pimax sucks. That’s a fact. Pimax may “work” (as in collaborate) with VR platforms but they are far from working satisfactory from a consumer perspective.

        • SataNeedSoulsToo

          I own or have owned near every headset worth owning. While I can agree the Pimax headsets are less plug and play than the brand leaders and come with some caveats. However to just say “they suck” only shows that you have no clue what the experience provides. The idiom “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it” applies here.

      • JesperL

        Relax =)

      • ViRGiN

        wild pimax backer appeared!

        why don’t you mention that there is no GUARDIAN when playing OCULUS games?

  • blue5peed

    I hope that head strap is as comfortable as it looks This ambitious Kickstarter may yet score par. Better late than never.

    • Ben

      I’m willing to be that it is pretty comfortable, seeing as it looks to be an exact copy of the headstrap on the Vive Pro. Very innovative.

  • JesuSaveSouls

    Quest is affordable and at stores available unlike this which you got to order only online.If it has issues you got to pack up and mail back.Quest just take back to the store.Quest will not need leap but I do like that company.Quest will have handtracking.No sensors needed either when it does finally attach to a pc.Jesusavesoulsalvation !

  • Johnatan Blogins

    I think the 120hz refresh rate on pimax 5k plus at 130fov is worth a mention…

  • It’s all very interesting, but this startup is also having always problems in delivering in time. I think they should work on offering more polished products and deliver more in time.

    • Immersive_Computing

      Too many SKU muddying the focus?

  • dota

    Aaaaarg
    another box on ur face

  • MW

    Whole 2020 – angry backers waiting for controllers since 2 years trying to get one.
    2021- 6 months waiting for delivery.
    Yeah… I’ll pass.

  • Ratm

    Would be nice to have used screen percentages for every headset, and and distortion free fov for wide headsets.
    This headsets got htc levels expensive for not delivering what the box says.

  • Twa Corbies

    Had 4k version. Fool me once…