Japan Display Rolls Out a 1,001 ppi Virtual Reality Display
Current virtual reality headsets are right in your face and so good resolution can contribute a great deal towards a more realistic immersive virtual reality viewing experience. This is because at high resolution levels, the pixels in the images will be less obvious.
But technology is improving rapidly and the quality of the resolution is getting better by the day. The latest breakthrough has been the development of a 1,001 ppi (pixels per inch) LCD screen by Japan Display (JDI).
In a joint venture with Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba, JDI is developing high resolution next-gen virtual reality-ready LCD screens that will have some crazy displays and give a much improved VR display resolution. These screens will also feature low latency and lower energy consumption levels making it possible to create more natural-looking videos that will have much better resolution displays.
Higher resolution and better image quality will also enable manufacturers to build smaller and lighter virtual reality headsets. It is a vast improvement over the current technology. The closest to the new JDI 1,001 ppi display is the HTC Vive Pro headset display that has a resolution of 615 ppi and the HTV Vive with a resolution of 448 ppi. The other leading headset in the market, the Oculus Rift, offers a resolution of 461 ppi while the PlayStation VR offers a resolution of 386 ppi in its display.
Sony has made a significant investment and commitment to the JDI initiative so it is reasonable to expect that future generations of PlayStation VR (PSVR) may have the high-resolution JDI virtual reality displays.
Features of the JDI Screen
The new screen will have a response time of 2.2msec giving it reduced latency which means you can enjoy virtual reality experiences with a lot less blur. The refresh rate will be 120Hz while the screen resolution will be 2.160 x 2,432. The new screen is the only one in the market that will match PSVR’s current refresh rate which also stands at 120Hz.
At 3.25-inches, it will also have a smaller size compared to the current screens used by PlayStation VR which have a 5.7-inch display.
However, the JDI screen is not the only one that will offer users a significant resolution jump. Google is also building a 1,443 ppi and 18-megapixel OLED display which will have a refresh rate of 120Hz. The Google display will also have a resolution of 5,657 x 3,182 per eye. These kinds of resolutions will only practical for the PC levels of processing power. They aren’t for the standalone or mobile VR devices.
The new virtual reality screen is expected to ship to the market by March 2019.