Long Delayed Pimax Controllers Finally Enter Mass Production

Pimax says its Sword Lite VR Controllers entered mass manufacturing for launch in October.

In its 2017 Kickstarter for the “8K” ultra-wide discipline of view VR headset, China-based startup Pimax promised rudimentary VR controllers for $200 further, with buttons, a thumbstick, and set off. In 2018 the corporate revealed a radical redesign resembling earlier prototypes of Valve’s Index controllers with the worth introduced as $300 and the discharge window slated for late 2019.

Flash ahead to late 2021 and Pimax hasn’t but shipped any controllers – the corporate has a historical past of overpromising on launch schedules. As an alternative it presents bundles with Index controllers.

Lengthy Delayed Pimax Controllers Lastly Enter Mass Manufacturing 6

However Pimax now says the refined controllers, which it now calls Sword Lite, have really entered mass manufacturing and are able to ship at scale quickly. Sword Sense, the upper finish controllers, are apparently nonetheless in growth too but it surely’s unclear how far out they are surely.

Like with Pimax headsets, Sword Lite are tracked by two SteamVR Monitoring base stations (obtainable from Valve for $149 every). Sword Lite isn’t suitable with different SteamVR headsets although, that is an adjunct to Pimax headsets solely.

Just like Index controllers there are capacitive finger detection sensors for all 5 digits. Sword Lite every use a chargeable dual-AA battery which could be scorching swapped with out shedding connection to SteamVR. Pimax claims 4 hours of battery between fees, considerably decrease than Oculus Contact or Valve Index.

Pimax says preorder clients will begin getting Sword Lite in October and it is going to be obtainable for common buy quickly after. The value hasn’t but been revealed and Pimax wouldn’t present the worth when questioned.

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