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Pimax Portal Announced a Switch-like Handheld System – Dexerto

Pimax Portal Announced a Switch-like Handheld System – Dexerto

published: 2022-11-10T15: 20: 19

updated: 2022-11-10T15: 20:30

Pimax, developer of virtual reality headsets, announced the Pimax portal. It’s shooting on Meta Quest 2, Steam Deck, and Switch.

In a bizarre presentation that lasted nearly an hour, Pimax announced the Portal system. It is a portable console that can convert to three other devices. The main headset is a complete VR headset that has similar features to your existing all-in-one devices like the Meta Quest.

Since it will also be a VR device, the Pimax Portal also features 6DoF tracking, or six degrees of freedom tracking, which will be in both virtual and augmented reality applications. This should allow complete room-wide freedom of movement.

Pimax claims that these are the first 4K devices of their kind, featuring a QLED display powered by a small LED backlight. You have to get those deep contrasts and blacks, while not costing an arm and a leg. Pimax has also stated that they will fit it in with a 144Hz panel as well. All of this is contained within a 5.5 inch screen.

pimax . controllerPimax

There’s also a Portal XL on the way, but it’s not a separate device. Alternatively, Pimax will allow you to use your regular portal to be placed in an expansion cage with the screen attached. Then your controllers slip into the case, too.

It features a larger 8.8-inch screen, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, but it only supports up to 120Hz.

Pimax XLPimax

In this case, there’s Pimax’s WiGig, a wireless connection to help keep virtual reality away from cables. It was originally introduced in the first VR 3.0 headset.

Small station and pier Pimax

This system will also be available at the Pimax Mini Station, which will allow you to stream PC games to the Pimax Portal, instead of using your home’s Wi-Fi. It’s a small PC, featuring 32GB of RAM, an AMD 6800U, and 1TB of storage, so games can be loaded and played on the go.

This is similar technology to what is used on movie sets, with devices like Teradek capable of streaming high-quality video over a dedicated network.

Did they announce a full PC too?!

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Pimax will also offer a pre-configured system that is intended to be your home point. Featured in the mockup was an RTX card, which was then swapped out with a video of friends playing a Triple A game on the beach. It looks like this will be able to be accessed via 5G and WiGig.

Cloud gaming will also be supported, as the small station can act as an antenna while outside.

There will also be a dock that will allow you to play on the big screen. The dock will contain USB, Ethernet, and a charging station for your consoles.

The other first is the inclusion of 32 physical buttons available on the device. This is to avoid having users play with touch screen controls, but some similar mobile devices still fail to make this concept work natively, with third-party software required to complete the task.

Pimax Gate Specifications

  • 4K QLED with MiniLED
  • 144 Hz
  • 6-DoF . Chamber Scale
  • 60 GHz mmWave
  • Expansion box with 120Hz 4K display
  • Android
  • Snapdragon XR2
  • Undisclosed AMD CPU
pimax . gatePimax

The Pimax will use the Qualcomm XR2, the same chipset that is currently inside the Meta Quest Pro. This chip is for virtual reality and has proven itself with the recent coverage of Quest Pro.

Of course, being built on Qualcomm means that the device will use a custom user interface and Android, which Pimax said will be “the center of your digital life.”

While the video demo has shown people using the device, we’ll have to wait and see if Pimax actually delivers on its great promises.

Bimax pricesPimax

It will launch on Kickstarter soon, starting at $299, with the higher-spec version priced at $549. The VR version comes in at $449 and $599. It seems that the most expensive versions are only QLED.


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