November 17, 2022 – Pimaxa virtual reality (VR) hardware manufacturer and provider of ultra-wide field of view, high-resolution consumer VR headsets, announced this week that its pre-sale Kickstarter campaign for the new metaverse entertainment system ‘Pimax Portal’ is now available.
On November 9, the company held Pimax Frontier 2022, where it introduced its latest VR 3.0 headset, the Pimax Portal. According to Pimax, the new device is already in production with the first product shipments expected in January 2023. The company hopes the Portal can compete with other handheld gaming devices, such as the Nintendo Switch and Meta Quest 2.
Pimax stated that it has created the Portal to bring the “VR 3.0” experience to a mainstream audience at an affordable price. The new device combines four separate devices in one package and includes an innovative portable gaming device, a VR 3.0 headset for the general public, a portable PC gaming system and a living room entertainment center. The company hopes that its new 4-in-1 product will introduce more people to the world of virtual reality.
The Pimax Portal brings 4K resolution to portable devices and features a smooth 144Hz refresh rate. Additionally, the device uses VR technology to provide Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) which reduces latency to less than 20ms, according to the company. .
The Portal includes two interchangeable lenses, with one lens set offering 27 pixels per degree (PPD) and a 100-degree field of view (FoV), making it ideal for virtual reality experiences. The second set offers 40 PPD and a 60-degree FoV to ensure users can watch high-resolution movies while traveling or on the go.
In addition, the company has developed a special version of a wide-field headset called ‘Portal Horizon’ that provides a 140-degree FoV. Finally, Pimax is also developing the ‘Portal Social Edition’ that includes eye and face tracking, which will allow Portal to offer more natural social experiences.
The Portal PC gaming system can connect games to a larger screen and controllers from the company called ‘Pimax XL’. This aspect of the entertainment system provides a case into which users insert the Portal with a large, bright 8.8-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. With the new Pimax Mini Station, a WiGig Streaming module enables a fast streaming and networking. Portal also supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and split rendering, helping to address low image quality, frame drop, and latency issues often seen in cloud gaming. Furthermore, Pimax claimed that the device is also compatible with all cloud gaming platforms on the market.
Finally, the Pimax Portal Dock offers physical movement fitness games, big screen mobile games and different multimedia modes. With 6DoF support for your gamepad, the Dock allows gamers to play freely and offers a revolution for interaction within the living room.
Appearing to be of a modular design, the device revolves around the Portal screen, which can be used as a portable gaming system or placed inside the system’s VR headset similar to other plug-in VR headsets (such as Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR) have worked. The controllers are designed to clip to the side of the screen for portable gaming, the same way the Nintendo Switch works, or they can snap into VR controllers for use with headsets.
Kickstarter backers have multiple options available. Early adopters can get just the Pimax Portal wearable for USD $299 (standard price USD $399), or they can go for the Pimax Portal QLED option that costs USD $549. The cheapest package with headphones is the Portal package. View, which is $449 USD with early bird pricing (standard price $499 USD) and comes with the system’s Pimax Portal handheld device and View VR headset. There are more expensive packages that also include the new Pimax Crystal headphones. For all price levels, please visit the Kickstarter page here.
Pimax stated that it will display its Pimax Portal metaverse entertainment system, as well as the new Pimax Crystal headphones at multiple traveling presentations around the world during the months of November and December. Although currently, all of the company’s roadshows appear to be only in Europe at press time.
To learn more about Pimax and its VR and gaming solutions, visit the company’s website. website.
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