Beyond HD: Hi Vision with 7680x4320 pixels

Japan’s national broadcasting company, NHK, is looking to have Hi-Vision (also called Ultra-HDTV) ready by 2025. It is currently intended to be used only for large screens of 60-inches or above.

Hi-Vision has a resolution of 7680×4320, which is exactly 16 times more pixels than current 1920×1080 HDTV videos. It is being tested by NHK on a 500” display with a 22.2 surround sound system, the only one in its class. NHK believes that such an extreme resolution is “too much” for living rooms. “Watching fast-moving images at close quarters could “make people feel sick” says Masuru Kanazawa, a research engineer at NHK [via BBC].

But we all know that “too much” isn’t in the consumer electronics industry. I’m pretty happy with a 2560×1600 on a 30” monitor, so why having 7680×4320 pixels on a 60” one seems like a good idea, if the price is right. What do you think?

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