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.