Sony-Backed Japan Display’s Impressive New Screens Suggest Smaller, Clearer PSVR 2

by Jamie Feltham • May 11th, 2018

Last week Oculus provided us with a glimpse of what the next Rift could look like. Now it’s Sony’s turn to do the same.

Japan Display, a tech group backed by Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, this week revealed two new screens with greatly increased pixel density, specifically designed for VR headsets. As Venture Beat reports, one screen featured 1,001-pixels-per-inch (PPI) while the other boasts 803PPI.

It’s important for VR displays to have a high PPI, as is makes the gaps between pixels much harder to spot. PSVR’s current 386PPI display, for example, works well enough but has clear black lines between pixels, resulting in a distracting ‘screen-door effect’. With more pixels packed onto the screen, the user gets a much clearer image, as you can see in the image below from Japan Display itself.

Japan Display also notes that displays with more than 1000PPI will be essential to shrinking the size of LCD displays and thus the overall size and weight of VR headsets.

That could mean that, if a hypothetical PSVR 2 uses the 1,001PPI option, which measures in at 3.25 inches, the headset might be smaller than the current offering for the PS4, which uses a 5.7-inch OLED display. Venture Beat also notes that the 1,001PPI display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which matches what the current PSVR is capable of, while the 803PPI option has a 90Hz refresh rate similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Both displays will be on show at the SID Display Week in LA this month, and Japan Display says to expect them in products by next March. That said, we doubt we’ll be seeing the next PSVR around that time; we likely won’t get an update there until PS5 has launched.

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  • James Friedman

    I was actually just thinking about the future of PSVR. I know they just released the Pro with a better GPU. I am just wondering how far down the road till we get better visuals from them. I hope the Pro can push the pixels and frame rates. I would love to see a new headset introduced at E3 next year. Maybe a PS Pro exclusive headset. Not 4k but better visuals and new tracking and controllers. The PSVR Pro headset would be nice.

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      I think we will see them show off the PSVR2 during next year E3 keynote, along with the PS5. It won’t be a pro, it’ll be the standard. (which should be pretty awesome)

      • James Friedman

        I think a PS5 is years away…Maybe 2021 at the earliest. I don’t know if the Pro is maxed out graphically yet. Plus they don’t want to fragment their users. Which was why they don’t build exclusively for the pro. PSVR2 will be cleaner visuals and true room scale tracking. If they don’t knock it out the park with the tracking then I’m going to be pissed. The PSVR using move controllers was super lazy of them.

        • ZeePee

          It’s all about sales, not just the potential of the hardware.

          Ps4 Pro is an extension to the Ps4 life cycle.

          Given the hardware capabilites of the Ps4 stuck in time, it was logical to provide an update to carry it through a few more years.

          Ps4 came out at a time when 4k was also just beginning. So it was a good idea for Sony to keep PS4’s graphical capabilites relevant otherwise this would possibly have necessitated a PS5 perhaps even sooner.

          Ultimately they look at sales, and what we’re seeing with the Ps4 is that sales are beginning to slow down. We’ve gone beyond the growth stage for Ps4.

          This is when Sony wants to be ready to release the next console.

          Late 2019/ early 2020 is when they’ll likely release the PS5 and PSVR 2.

          PSVR 2 is going to be a major part of the system, and PS5 is going to need all the power they can get. Ps4 Pro wouldn’t be able to properly handle the PSVR 2 for example.

          We also have big games on the way that have been announced to launch on current and next gen hardware, like Cyberpunk 2077, which is already 3-4 years in development. Its getting close.

          Don’t sweat it, PSVR 2 is going to be a *massive* leap ahead of 1.

          Check out their controller patent too.

  • Mike Hamner

    as a psvr owner I have to take issue with the articles description of the psvr having black lines giving it a clear screen door effect. this is not the case at all. the psvr has no screen door effect. this is one of the advantages of the headset when comparing it to something like the vive for instance. this is do to the psvr having more subpixels then its competitors even though it may have a lower resolution.