China-based VR headset creator Pimax has introduced a new payment model following the recent announcement of its Crystal Light PC VR headset, which will let try it out before plonking down the full price of the headset.

The company calls its new scheme the “Trial Payment, Final Payment” model, as outlined in a recent announcement, making it available first in select regions including the US, Canada, EU, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

The new payment model is slated to go into effect on its website sometime this week. When it does, here’s how the company says it will work:

Image courtesy Pimax

It’s a pretty unique way of getting you to buy a headset, or more specifically, three flavors of its Crystal Light headset: one with controllers ($900), one with SteamVR tracking faceplate ($900), and the headset alone ($800), all of which feature local dimming.

At least for the headsets mentioned above, during the trial period users pay $200 less than the sticker price and receive a 15-day trial with the promise of zero-cost returns. If you’re happy with the headset, you pay the remaining balance, and the company removes additional software locks on the headset to allow you the “full” experience, Pimax says.

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It’s unclear for now how the trial version will differ from the “full version” in terms of software locks; we’ve reached out to Pimax to clarify this and will update when/if the company responds. We’ve also asked whether the company intends on extending the program to other headsets beyond those mentioned above, so check back to find out.

Meanwhile, Pimax is in the process of launching a bevy of products. In addition to Crystal Light (now in pre-order) and Crystal Light Super, which were announced last month, the company still has to fulfill previous orders of a number of other products, including Pimax Reality “12K” headset, a 60GHz wireless add-on for streaming PC VR, and its Pimax VR Station for streaming PC VR content to its headsets.

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  • ViRGiN

    this is beyond pathethic

    • Christoph27

      Your handle is a beautiful fit, is it not

      • ViRGiN

        you really are broke and need to pay $200 later when buying a $900 headset, to get that ‘high-end PCVR’

        • CouchPotato

          I think they’re trying to make it easier for users to get on board, a kind of marketing tactics

          • ViRGiN

            Yes, of course they do, and this is the most stupid way possible. Nobody should ever trust pimax when it comes to finances. They are shady in every way imaginable in every aspect. Tons of horror stories of people not getting their money back, pimax making it extra painful to return the device, having to make a claim with bank to get your money back.

    • xyzs

      You should feel like a brother to them then.

  • Deehund

    Pretty awesome actually!

  • I’m a little confused as to how they offer “one with controllers” and “one with Steam tracking”. Shouldn’t they offer one with both??

    They really need to focus on one product and promote it better.

    Also why isn’t there any links to articles about this headset on this website? Oh lord, don’t tell me there’s NO articles on this website because Ben has his Apple blinders on??

    Or is this just Scott’s oversight in forgetting to link back to more information about the Crystal model for readers who haven’t seen those articles yet? I’ve heard nothing about the headset and would like to see more, but I guess I’ll have to look up that information myself.

    • Jaap Grolleman

      The one with controllers comes with controllers that are tracked by the inside-out camera of the headset. Some people prefer to use their base-station tracked controllers, so they don’t need those default controllers.

      • ViRGiN

        Go back to China dude, nobody cares, pimax is doing nothing more than chinesium.

        Where is the portal xl tablet adapter?

    • XRC

      There is a steamVR faceplate option which replaces the cosmetic front plate of the Crystal headsets.

      This provide the option to use the headset’s own inside out tracking system (which has seen big improvement since launch) either with or without Pimax Crystal controllers. Many simulation fans don’t want/need any motion controllers with their headset so that’s a good option.

      Or can switch to base station tracking for compatibility with steamVR controllers like Valve Index, Pimax Sword, Etee or HTC Vive.

      Works great, been using the steamVR faceplate option on my Crystal for months.

    • ViRGiN

      It’s pimax, you can research it more for laughs, but you know there is only one real headset out there

      • CouchPotato

        Every brand’s got its ups and downs, but you can’t just brush off the good stuff. If you only focus on the negatives, nobody’s gonna want to buy into it. Even the teasing and jokes have a point—they’re hoping the brand will wise up and fix what’s not working.

        • ViRGiN

          It has never wisened up. It’s Chinese company with pure Chinese mentality. They aren’t a start up. They are supported by Chinese gouvernement. No, they will never ever change.

  • Well, in Europe we can already buy a device and then return it in 14 days if we don’t like it…

    • ViRGiN

      But wait, there is more! You can even trial without spending any money. Buy now, pay later.

      This still non existing headset is for YouTubers like mrtv or vr flight sim gay.

  • Ardra Diva

    Might help get some wins, Apple should have done this, but, they don’t have to. Meanwhile the Quest 3 is fricken awesome.

  • Keh Weng

    Essentially, I pay a partial amount to review the headset, and I can get a full refund if I’m not happy with it. It might not be the best strategy, but at least it ensures that I can get my money back if I decide to return the headset.
    Hassle-free? https://media0.giphy.com/media/l14qxlCgJ0zUk/giphy-downsized-small.mp4

    • ViRGiN

      You are pimax employee, so stfu.
      You aren’t selling on Amazon or accepting PayPal for a reason. You’ll do everything you can to not refund the money.

      • Keh Weng

        We will indeed be selling on Amazon. I’m aware there may have been some negative experiences with us in the past. If users request a refund, we will certainly proceed with that request.

        • ViRGiN

          Yep, that’s what Winnie the Pooh said