Pimax announced that Crystal Super, its next high-resolution PC VR headset, is actually going to be a bit slimmer than originally planned, showing off a reduction in the headset’s exterior during a new update video.

Unveiled earlier this year alongside Crystal Light, the Crystal Super variant is a bit of a different beast, including the addition of eye-tracking, automatic interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment, and the ability to swap between two optional display modules and two optional lenses for varying pixel density and field-of-view (FOV).

While Crystal Super was ostensibly slated to be as big as the others in the Crystal lineup, Pimax announced it’s reduced the exterior size by “nearly 30 percent,” showing off a new, smaller design.

It still seems to be in early stages of development. The company has shown off non-functional prototypes and renders of the form-factor in the video. Though the through-the-lens footage of the new headset is in an older prototype that uses the previous Pimax Crystal housing:

Its display modules boast 3,840 × 3,840 per-eye resolution, letting the user choose a QLED & mini-LED (120Hz) display or a micro-OLED (90Hz) display.

Both versions of Crystal Super however allow you choose between two different lenses: one that provides 50 PPD and a slightly higher FOV of 130° horizontal, and another with 57 PPD and a slightly lower FOV—still to be announced.

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Pimax says Crystal Super’s lenses are indeed “30 percent bigger” than those found on Crystal and Crystal Light. The image below is of the 50 PPD lens.

Image courtesy Pimax

The QLED version will be ready first, the company says, noting that it’s the model with the most pre-orders. Additionally, the company says the lens providing 57 PPD and a lower FOV is still in development.

All models of Crystal Super are currently available for pre-order reservation, with shipping estimated for Q4 2024.

The base model with QLED display is priced at $1,800 with inside-out tracking, while the micro-OLED model is priced at $2,000. A bundle with both display modules is also available for $2,400. Controllers and optional SteamVR tracking faceplate are sold separately.

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  • ViRGiN

    that happened

  • Christian Schildwaechter

    … and two optional lenses for varying pixel density and field-of-view (FOV)

  • Wow, they showed non functional prototypes and renders. This sounds very reliable

    • ViRGiN

      You are becoming unusually negative recently.

      • Thud

        Oh, Okay, YOU are calling someone out for being negative. Are you the MOST TONEDEAF individual ever conceived? You have the balls to call out one of the most experienced, informed pundits in the industry? Just stop. You have me worked up with you incessant droning bullshit.

        • ViRGiN

          > one of the most experienced, informed pundits in the industry
          By what metrics? All I’ve seen from him for years prior was an endless stream of positive super awesome amazing revolutionary ahead of its time narrative on literally anything.

          • Thud

            You are such a clown. Tht's the last word I will waste on you unless you choose to spew more idiocy (which sadly, I'm sure you will).

          • ViRGiN

            What am i fanboying for?

          • Thud

            r/fanboyswithnowheretogo

          • ViRGiN

            okay man, have a good one

          • Thud

            you to

      • Thud

        Sorry Tony, this guy just get under my skin.

        • ViRGiN

          Maybe you need a break from the internet. You’ve been plugged in for far too long. Getting upset about random online comment not even targetting you, man that can not be healthy.

          • Thud

            Plugged in for far to long? When is the last time I've commented recently. Weeks ago? Mr. standing with fingers perched above the keyboard, ego totally invested in every comment?

          • ViRGiN

            Who cares when was the last time you posted? Clearly you have nothing of value to add, but you do stay informed on my comments. So yeah, a little break certainly would help.

          • Thud

            Lol. Dude. you can't say "Maybe you need a break from the internet. You've been plugged in for far too long." when you obviously stake your whole self worth on this forum. It's undeniably obvious to everyone. You can't deny it. The forum is an undeletable record dude.

          • ViRGiN

            Projecting, again. You probably even think I’m trolling. Why feed me then?

          • Markis

            Seeing your behavior in these strings of insane posts… You might need counseling and, yeah, probably getting off the internet. All I'm going to say and I doubt I'll ever respond to another post of yours or theirs again.

    • Jaap Grolleman

      Hey TonyVT! There was actually through-the-lens from the Crystal Super in there, it's the final lenses and panels (not final distortion profile etc). It's just in Crystal housing for now. Understand the comment but we're making progress. Plus we want to be more transparent to our users which status the headsets are now, something we need to improve on.

      • ViRGiN

        You're still just Yaaping whatever the Chinese tell you to. You talk about transparency for years lmao! You're a joke and stain on all vr communities. Pimax is ran by Chinese government.

        • Thud

          Dude, you are a stain on this forum and nearly every comment you make further cements your standing as one of the least informed, most biased and loathed serial commenters historically here. I tried to encourage you to be less of a jerk by complimenting you when you made some of your rare constructive comments but it obviously fell on deaf ears. Shame as you can contribute and have, in a few instances but everyone, in response to nearly every comment you make expresses distain for your tone, attitude and generally unconstructive fanboy comments. Don't bother insulting others as every comment you make only causes others to consider the opposite opinion as more likely to be the truth.

          Dude, STOP BEING A FANBOY DICK.

          • ViRGiN

            What exactly I’m fanboying right here?
            You really wrote all of that and addressed nothing of the article?

            You absolutely don’t know anything about pimax, or it’s employees. Before yapping Jaap, there was yapping Joshua, promising exactly the same stuff for years prior. Enough is enough. Call out the bs. Stop walking on eggshells everywhere. People need to get thicker skin.

            Don’t encourage more CCP propaganda.

          • Thud

            You are so self involved that you think that my comment was in response to the content of the article? IT'S YOU. YOU'RE A BIGOTED LOUDMOUTHED CLOWN. You're no expert. Stop trying to present yourself as one. You've been so incessantly loudmouthed that people have become fatigued at telling you you're a jerk. Everyone thinks you are. Take a step back and try to be constructive. No one thinks you don't know about VR. But EVERYONE KNOWS YOU DON'T KNOW EVERTHING about VR. Stop trying to act like you do. Just join the discouse like everyone else and stop trying to be the star.

          • ViRGiN

            I never claimed I know “EVERYTHING about VR”. You seem to be projecting a whole lot. But I’ve been pretty much right about everything I ever said. LMAO. Read some old articles. Check out old Pimax Portal coverage. Check out LYNX announcements. Search for DecaGear. Look up what I said about PCVR for years prior.

            STOP “FANBOYING”! This isn’t ancient Greece with high level of culture of discussions. This is the internet bro. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO. JUST STOP. YOU’RE NO SAINT.

            As you might have noticed, I don’t care about how anyone feels about me. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO MAKE VIRTUAL FRIENDS!

          • Thud

            "But I've been pretty right about everything I've said"

            You are an egotistical fool and your comments make that perfectly clear.

          • ViRGiN

            I’m happy to say, you do not represent the whole world.
            Find a hobby or something.

          • Thud

            You need to peruse the responses to your past comments without the rose colored glasses Mr ego.

          • Markis

            I don't really use this site so I don't know that user but wtf is your post. They made a correct comment about Pimax' claim to transparency which they've consistently failed to live up to. They haven't even announced a 12K release update and we're now in Q3 but they don't have a solid release date for Super Crystal which is looking a lot like 12K all over again…

            Meanwhile, you went off on them while not actually disputing their point raised making your comment questionably pointless.