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The Pimax Crystal Range Just Got Busier

Pimax Crystal New

VR headset manufacturer Pimax is never one to rest on its laurels. It’s prolific in its product roster offering the likes of the 5k Super, 8K X, Pimax Portal and the Crystal. This week saw the company hold its annual Frontier event, announcing two new models in the Pimax Crystal range. These were the Crystal Light and Crystal Super.

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Pimax Crystal Light

First up we have the Pimax Crystal Light, which as we all know means a cheaper, cut-back version of the original model in tech parlance. With a starting price of $699 USD – going up to $899 for local-dimming displays – the Light retains the same 8.3MP (2,880 × 2,880) per-eye resolution as its forebear. It also keeps the maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and aspherical glass lenses. 

However, to get that price reduction – and a 30% weight reduction – Crystal Light loses eye-tracking, automatic IPD adjustment and interchangeable lenses. Furthermore, there’s no on-board battery or XR2 chipset, so it’s a purely PCVR-only headset.

The Crystal Light is available to pre-order now with deliveries slated to begin in May.

Pimax Crystal Super

As for the Pimax Crystal Super, this is all about maximum visual fidelity. This is another dedicated PCVR headset that drops the original Crystal’s standalone processing. Upping the pixel count from 16.6 million to a whopping 29.5 million pixels, the Crystal Super features 14.7MP (3,840 × 3,840) per-eye resolution. Its special feature is an interchangeable optical system, where users can choose between QLED & mini-LED (120Hz) or micro-OLED (90Hz) displays.

The Super’s other features include a four-camera inside-out tracking system, eye-tracking with automatic IPD adjustment and dynamic foveated rendering, and integrated audio. Prices start from $1799 for the Super QLED model, rising to $2000 for the micro-OLED model.

The Crystal Super is available to pre-order now with deliveries slated to begin in Q4 2024.

60GHz Wireless For Pimax Crystal

The last item shown was its 60GHz wireless module for the original Pimax Crystal. Originally announced back in 2021, it supports 2880 × 2880 per eye resolution, a 90 Hz refresh rate and ultra-low latency. The 60G Airlink module should ship later this year for $299.

What do you think of the new Pimax Crystal range? Will you be pre-ordering? Let us know in the comments below.

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