Pimax unveils an even more high-end VR headset – Pimax Crystal Super, an affordable Crystal Light, and Airlink for the original Crystal

Pimax unveils an even more high-end VR headset – Pimax Crystal Super, an affordable Crystal Light,
Pimax, the company behind the Pimax Crystal VR headset we reviewed last year, has just announced an even more high-end model, aptly named the Crystal Super.

The Crystal Super packs an impressive total pixel count of 29.5 million, nearly twice what the already high-end original Crystal offered. The Crystal Super also boasts a higher FOV (field of view) for better immersion, and higher PPD (pixels per degree) than its predecessor.

Most notably, the Crystal Super sports a replaceable optical engine system, which will allow the user to switch between using a QLED display panel, or OLED, the latter of which is notably what the Apple Vision Pro also uses.

Pimax Crystal Super specs

  • Display: QLED+mini LED, or Micro-OLED
  • Resolution: 3840 x 3840 pixels per eye (QLED version, micro-OLED)
  • Pixel amount: 29.5 million (QLED version, micro-OLED 4K per eye, more pixels than the Apple Vision Pro)
  • Brightness: 200 nits (QLED version, micro-OLED TBC)
  • Refresh rate: 72Hz/90Hz/120Hz (QLED version), 70Hz/90Hz (micro-OLED 70Hz/90Hz)
  • Optics: Glass aspheric lenses (QLED version), glass pancake lenses (micro-OLED)
  • Audio: Integrated, 3.5mm audio jack 1x, microphones 2x
  • Tracking: Inside-out, Lighthouse cover optional
  • VR Mode: PCVR Only

Interestingly, the Pimax Crystal Super is only going to focus on PCVR, which in my opinion, as someone who reviewed the original Crystal, is a great move, making the device far more focused on its primary, and best use case.

The impressive Pimax Crystal Super is going to be priced at $1,799, and is expected to start shipping sometime in Q4 of this year.

For reference, the original Pimax Crystal goes for $1,599.

Pimax Crystal Light also announced – a more affordable, lighter $699 PCVR headset

In a surprising move, Pimax has also unveiled a much more affordable PCVR headset, alongside the ultra high-end Crystal Super.

The Crystal Light will cost $699, and is expected to start shipping soon, with pre-orders already open.

With a resolution of 2880 x 2880 pixels per eye, the Crystal Light is beating the popular Quest 3's 2064 x 2208. The refresh rate is the same, at up to 120Hz.

The Crystal Light will feature no battery, signifying that it will only rely on a cabled connection with the user's computer, and appears to be notably more compact than any other Pimax headset.

In its keynote, Pimax explained how the Crystal Light came to be:

Pimax Crystal Airlink finally arrives – wireless PCVR for Pimax Crystal users

In our Pimax Crystal review we mentioned that the headset only allows for cabled PCVR, and a wireless module is expected to come out later. Well, it's finally here!

Called the 60G Airlink, this new $299 module can attach to the Pimax Crystal's HDMI port, and claims to offer "the fastest WiFi technology for VR headsets".

Pimax Crystal 60G Airlink module specs

  • Supports the full resolution at 2880 x 2880 resolution per eye
  • Minimal compression
  • Supports 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Ultra-low latency
  • Battery life of 2 to 3 hours

Stay tuned for our further coverage on these exciting headsets.
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