Pimax Crystal VR headset: 'take clarity to another level' costs $1899

Pimax unveils its new Crystal VR headset: Qualcomm XR2 chip, new QLED + Mini-LED display at 2880 x 2880 and smooth 160Hz refresh.

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Published Thu, Jun 2 2022 6:26 PM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jun 23 2022 2:31 PM CDT

Pimax has just unveiled its new Pimax Crystal QLED virtual reality headset, which rocks a spiffy new QLED + Mini-LED infused display, 160Hz refresh rate, and more. Check it out:

The new Pimax Crystal headset has a resolution of 2880 x 2880 per eye (5760 x 2880) with 42 pixels per degree (PPD) which is above the PPD of most competing headsets.

Pimax is driving the 2880 x 2880 resolution display at a smooth 160Hz, so we should see the screen door effect (SDE) lessened, and a good amount of PC hardware grunt to drive it.

Pimax's new Crystal headset features a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, a 6000mAh battery, auto-IPD (inter-pupillary distance), and Tobii eye tracking. Inside of the package, you'll have the headset, two controllers, and the 140-degree lenses for $1899. This makes the Pimax Crystal headset a new enthusiast-grade VR headset.

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The new Pimax Crystal VR headset says that the combination of QLED and Mini-LED display technology means its new Crystal headset will "take clarity to another level". Pimax is tapping glass aspheric lenses versus plastic-based lenses in its other headsets, something Pimax says helps clarity by boosting transmittance, while reducing stray light and aberration.

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The use of glass lenses means Pimax can allow more light to pass through than plastic lenses, with the company claiming up to 99% transmittance rate. Stray light coming into the headset will be much less, which means Pimax doesn't need to rely on software to adjust for light aberration.

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Pimax includes some plug-in headphones for Crystal, which the company says has "astonishingly immersive spatial audio" with its "deluxe speaker module".

The new Pimax Crystal works as a standalone VR headset thanks to its built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip, but a monster enthusiast-level VR headset with the PC... especially with 2880 x 2880 per eye at 160Hz with "clarity to another level". I'm very, very excited to get some eyes-on with it.

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We've also go WiGig connectivity which drives native wireless transmission to the PC on the 60GHz frequency, with Pimax promising strong anti-interference function, no need to install additional software, and support WiGig signal from both desktop and laptop.

Pimax is kicking off pricing at $1899 for its Crystal headset, which will begin shipping in Q3 2022.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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