The New 4K VR from Samsung
Samsung recently showcased a selection of its next generation at the recently concluded SID Display Week conference held in San Francisco, California. One of the devices on display was a virtual reality–oriented 4K display at 5.5 inches, which is the first VR-focused display seen at one of these conferences.
Samsung Reveals New 4K VR Display
Truth is, the 4K-resolution VR displays don’t exist yet. The highest-resolution displays for VR on the market today come only in the form of pocket-sized phones, as none of their commercially available desktop counterparts, such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, reach the same level of pixel density.
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In essence, this is not meant to discredit stationary solutions, since with body and position tracking as well as custom solutions, they can get rid of that horrendous “screen door effect.” In any case, providing higher-resolution displays for VR is a step toward eventually getting rid of the visible pixels in VR completely.
How Far Have We Come?
So far in the development of 4K VR display, the featured display is being demoed as a prototype. Rumors, however, have it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will come equipped with a 4K display. Let’s assume for instance that such device is in its prototype stage, the information available so far did not really indicate that the feature will be seen among retailers this fall when Samsung is expected to launch that device.
At the moment, details are not yet available as to what makes this particular display suitable for VR displays beyond what other already available ones can provide, so there is the need to sit and wait while Samsung does their thing.
Also, coupled with the 4K display, there are two other screens show being promised in the VR field as well. One of these displays is called Bio Blue, which was designed to lessen potentially harmful blue light. When put in numbers, the new display is meant to emit only 6 percent blue light as opposed to the 32 percent often seen on modern AMOLED displays.
Then, on the other hand, there was also an early light-field display on the site as well. This kind of display uses a technology that gives a realistic sense of depth in an image. The two technologies actually are meant to permit depth to be perceived more naturally and are therefore easier on the eyes.
Thus, with the information so far, there aren’t any detailed hardware specifications for these displays. At this stage, the question of what technology will be leader when it comes to VR is in no way set in stone, but as it is for now, a higher-resolution display would likely be welcomed by everyone who is an ardent follower of trends in the industry.
It follows that Samsung’s 4K VR display will add to the immersive experience in the VR world, if it can deliver on its promises.
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