Virtual reality hardware needs to evolve over the coming years. While that is easier said than done, Samsung may have made a major breakthrough. The technology giant showcased a prototype of an OLED screen for VR headsets. It has some powerful specs and is designed to enhance the overall VR experience for all users.
An OLED Screen for VR?
On paper, it almost sounds too good to be true. As of right now, most VR headsets utilize displays which do not have the highest pixel density. That is not necessarily a deal breaker, yet it shows vast improvements will need to be made. Samsung’s new display has a 1920×2160 resolution at a diagonal of 2.43 inches. As such, the display projects 1200 pixels per inch, which is a vast improvement.
The unit was recently displayed during a conference. OLED-Info claims the screens can display a brightness that is well beyond what most other VR headset screens are capable of right now. When two of the screens are combined, a resolution of 3840×2160. While that is below Google’s and LG’s OLED screen, it is still a big breakthrough.
When put into one VR headset, the two screens will display images at a rate of 120 Hertz. This makes the displays excellent for VR functionality, although that is not the only potential use case for this technology. Samsung is confident these units can make VR experiences more vivid and immersive, as there should be no more screen-door effect.
For the time being, it remains unclear if these displays will ever be implemented in VR headsets. Prior to utilizing their full potential, the necessary hardware needs to be built to portray VR images at the same display rate. Right now, such hardware has not been commercialized, albeit that situation is always subject to change.
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