Image credit - Hubert Nguyen/Ubergizmo

Image credit – Hubert Nguyen/Ubergizmo

[CEATEC 2016] If virtual reality to take off, there obviously needs to be some improvements made. There is still a lot of areas that VR could stand to improve upon, and one of those things would be the displays used. Obviously by having a higher resolution, it would allow for images to appear sharper, and thus more realistic.

Imagine putting on a VR headset where its resolution was a measly 640×480, how pixelated would that look! However it looks like Sharp is working on bumping display resolution many times over. At CEATEC 2016, Sharp showed off an IGZO display that they are working on that has a pixel density of over 1,000.

To give you some context, phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a 5.7-inch display with a QHD resolution, giving it 518ppi in pixel density, so imagine if it were twice as sharp because that’s what this display looks like. It is clear that Sharp is definitely thinking beyond smartphones based on the size of the display (2.87-inches per eye) and the layout in the photo above.

Of course we reckon it will probably be awhile before we start to see VR headsets sporting that kind of crazy resolution, but during our interview with LG’s Dr. Woo, he did state that he believes that achieving at least 1,000ppi is a must. As it stands, the Oculus Rift has a PPI of 461, so clearly we are quite a long way before we start seeing four digit PPIs.

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