Samsung’s “Next Gen VR Display” Unveiled

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Samsung has been at the forefront of Virtual Reality technology, partnering up with Oculus to create the Gear VR headsets, as well as helping with the development of the Oculus Rift. Back in the day, the Oculus Rift DK2 utilized a Samsung screen from a Galaxy Note 3, which worked, but was definitely not as sharp as what we are seeing nowadays. Now, Samsung has lifted the covers off their “New VR Display”, which is an insane upgrade, showing off around 3.5 times the pixels than the Oculus Rift CV1!

It is worth mentioning that this is NOT a new headset, but it is a display unit that will likely be utilized in future Virtual Reality headsets. Like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the display is split into 2 3.5″ units. However, while the Oculus Rift has a resolution of 1080×1200 per eye, the new Samsung display can achieve 2024×2200 per eye! That is a total resolution of 4048×2200, compared to the 2160×1200 for the Rift! To put in perspective, that is higher resolution than a 4K display (a 4K screen is 8,294,400 pixels, while the new Samsung VR headset will be capable of showing off 8,905,600 pixels).

The other significant statistic is pixel density. The Oculus Rift pushes 2,592,000 pixels spread over 2 3.5″ displays. The new Samsung display, while using the same size, pushes out 8,905,600! That means the new screen has almost double the pixel density of the Oculus Rift CV1’s (CV1 has a pixel density of 460 Pixels Per Inch, and the new Samsung Display features a PPI of 858!)

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A side-by-side comparison of the old and new VR screens. Left is from an Oculus Rift, Right is from the upcoming Samsung screen

The new screen is also capable of outputting at 90Hz, like the mainstream VR headsets. However, with this tech, it may take a year or two to even have the technology to catch up to that, but when it does, it’s going to be very nice!

There is no word on when we will see this display in a consumer Virtual Reality display, but I’d wager within a year or two, we will likely see this. What are your thoughts on this advancement in VR tech? Let us know in the comments, or in our Forums!