Interesting developments are taking place behind the VR industry scenes. On the hardware front, a major development has been achieved. Japan Display has come up with VR-ready HMD displays which can double the pixel quality. With 1,001 pixels per inch, the future looks rather bright for VR hardware.
More Pixels is Always a Good Thing
Anyone who has ever owned or used a VR headset may have noticed the quality isn’t always there. More specifically, the LCD displays in most units cannot display a high amount of pixels per inch, or PPI. Improving the PPI on individual VR-ready displays can result in a higher image quality, which affects games, regular content, photos, and so forth.
Increasing the number of pixels per inch is not all that easy. The first VR headsets coming to market have been a bit lackluster in this regard. With units ranging from 386 PPI to 615 PPI, it is evident there is a lot of room for improvements. JDI — also known as Japan Display – may have finally secured the breakthrough users have been waiting for.
With its new LCD displays capable of projecting 1,001 pixels per inch, the image quality in VR will improve drastically. That is, assuming manufacturers use these new displays in the future. The bigger question is which company will do so and who will be the first to market.
Most experts agree Sony holds all of the trump cards in this regard. The firm makes use of JDI to produce its current PlayStation VR headset. A future iteration of this HMD – assuming there will be any – could benefit from these new screens. The screens are expected to hit the markets by March or April of 2019. They also feature a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2,160 x 2.432.
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