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Samsung’s next-generation Gear VR should have a super-high resolution display

According to industry insiders, Samsung’s working on a standalone Gear VR that’s equipped with an OLED display, which is believed to have an eye-watering pixel density of 2,000 ppi (pixels per inch).

For comparison, the headset currently at the forefront of the virtual reality market, the Oculus Rift, has a measly pixel density of 460 ppi, while the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ measure in at 570 and 529 ppi, respectively.

We’re a little concerned that the increased resolution will lead to nausea, but Samsung’s adamant that once you exceed 1,000 ppi, issues related to realism and sickness fly out the window — but we’ll have to wait and see.

“When using a VR device, the number of ppi should be much larger than it is now to feel natural without feeling dizzy, ” said an industry official. “The higher the resolution, the better the nausea symptoms will be.”

It’s rumored that Samsung is developing its own ultra-high-resolution OLED panel for the next-generation Gear VR that’s around 1,000 times more responsive than a regular LCD display.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when exactly the firm’s planning to release the unit, though we suspect it could be unveiled next year alongside the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

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HomerS66
HomerS66

It’s silly to say that such a high-res display cures all simulator sickness and uneasyness regarding VR. There are many more factors involved like f.i. framerate/Hz of the display and acceleration and decceleration of motion, which the brain sees but doesnt feel, can easily lead to motion sickness.
Also if the camera view is shaky or controlled by the developer and not by the user can make you feel ill pretty quickly aswell.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Funny that Samsung are working on exceedingly high resolution displays for VR but their content is SO blurry! All videos by Samsung on Samsung VR are terribly blurry and low quality.

HomerS66
HomerS66

VR videos often look not very sharp because they are mostly recorded in 4k resolution which is nice for your standard TV but way to little for a 360° view. If the videos were shot in 8-16K with a high bitrate, they should look much better aswell. But sadly these cameras are not really available and the phones can’t decode such highres videos either for now.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yeah, but my own Gear VR camera videos, especially the ones in daylight look pretty good. the pics are amazing! and other content like the ones by Disney are so much better too

HomerS66
HomerS66

Gear VR camera videos? Do you mean Gear 360 videos? Or do you mean videos you recorded with our phone which are not 360° but around 90° and therefore of course are much sharper?

Also since you mentioned Disney videos you probably mean the 3D 360° ones, which are stereoscopic and therefor more impressive than 2D monoscopic ones. Also videos which are computer generated can also look sharper than those recorded from life footage.
The 2D and also 3D 360° images are much higher res than 4k and therefore look sharper aswell.