It’s going to be years until display resolutions are clear enough for VR to look like real life, but we’re inching ever forward. It looks like Samsung might be announcing the next step in that journey today.
Reports from Yonhap News and The Korean Herald state that Samsung is expected to reveal a new 1.96 inch UHD 3840×2160 display at the Society for Information Display 2017 event in Los Angeles. The screen reportedly featured 2250 pixels-per-inch and is designed for VR. Perhaps we could see two of these panels placed inside future headsets from Samsung or Oculus, which has partnered with the company to create the Gear VR.
For comparison Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, features a 2960×1440 display. Bumping up to 4K will make images inside VR clearer, as the lines between pixels that are magnified when looking through the lenses of a VR headset will appear even smaller. Don’t expect them to be completely removed, but could still be a big step forward.
That said their implementation in any such VR headset is likely some ways off. There have been multiple reports of Samsung making its own standalone VR headset recently, but we haven’t seen anything yet. The Oculus Rift, meanwhile, isn’t expected to get an upgrade any time soon.
A report from Yonhap News also states that the electronics giant is see to reveal a new 9.1-inch AMOLED display today. AMOLED screens are nothing new, but apparently when you touch this one it can move up to 12 millimeters in the direction press. That means its less likely to crack if you were to, say, drop your smartphone, as so many of us are prone to doing. Perhaps not entirely applicable to VR, but still a very cool concept.