Samsung working on a standalone OLED Gear VR with ultra-high pixel density

Samsung working on a standalone OLED Gear VR with ultra-high pixel density

According to sources in Korea, Samsung is cooking a standalone VR headset that is going to sport an inbuilt display with pixel density much higher than any other device on the market at the moment.

Allegedly, Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has asked partner supplier to develop a 2,000 ppi (pixels per inch) Fine Metal Mask for a new Gear VR set. The FMM is a component used in OLED displays and plays a major role in pixels’ quantity and distribution. Apparently, Samsung is also working on its own ultra-high-resolution OLED display for the VR unit, which should be about 1,000 times more responsive than an LCD display.

As we know, the higher the number of pixels, the more realistic the picture is. Should Samsung truly manage to produce a 2,000 ppi VR display, it would beat that of the current market leader Oculus Rift (460 ppi) by a wide margin.

Some scientific theories suggest that the human eye cannot differentiate detail beyond 300 ppi. However, the brain certainly feels the difference and people have reported nausea and lack of realism during VR experiences. Estimates show that at least 1,000 ppi are needed in order to get rid sickness and realism problems, at least as far as VR headsets are concerned.

Squeezing 2,000 ppi into a narrow visual field would mean that the picture in Samsung’s potential new Gear VR should be sufficiently clear to trick the brain into thinking that you are looking at real-life sights. Given how confusing and trippy VR experiences can be, we just can’t imagine what this one would feel like.

We have no information about production schedules or a release date, or an official statement from Samsung, as to whether it is working on such a device at all. Still, a pixel density of 2000 ppi is something we would love to see in a VR set, so fingers crossed, everyone.

Source: Naver.com via SamMobile

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27 Comments

1. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Creations of Samsung giant korean

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 1844; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"Creations of Samsung giant korea". Hmmm let's see; Infinity Display-created by the flat panel display section of Toppan, licensed to Samsung. Samsung Pay-Loop Pay, company bought by Samsung. Bixby-Viv Labs, bought by Samsung 10nm, 7nm, 6nm, 4nm, etc, processes-developed by the university members of SEMATECH, licensed to Samsung for hefty fees. Oh and head worn virtual reality has been around since the late 1960's, created by, if memory serves me correctly, Ivan Sutherland. But please, tell me more about all of Samsung's creations, LOL!!!!

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6666; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me is you guys list the Oculus Rift 460dpi as really high. The smartphones with QHD displays already beat the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive right now in both resolution and dpi. So Samsung's​ Gear VR smartphones (S6, S7, S8, and Note), plus a number of other Smartphones including the Pixel XL, and many others. The other thing is the Market lead by a wide margin is Gear VR. It dwarfs Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and PS VR combined.

22. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

the difference is because the Gear VRs eye pieces act as a magnifier making even the sharpest display settings to still give off that slight screen door effect. The eye looking at the display itself is not equal to the display under a magnifying glass.

12. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Yes, we all know Samsung innovates and Apple steals, lies and cheats.. Thank you for telling us what we already know.

15. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

ifan spotted, Samsung is coming for the VR crown.#10

16. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

ifan spotted, Samsung is coming for the VR crown.#10

20. iushnt

Posts: 3043; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Whatever you say, Samsung create great things.

23. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

its called having excellent business acumen. a lot of successful companies do it.

24. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Creations of Apple - Sweat shops Broke American kids.

27. Tipus

Posts: 770; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Like your god apple creates something

2. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

awesomeeeeee

3. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Samsung Excellency

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"which should be about 1,000 times more responsive than an LCD display." Damn good! Samsung's OLED tech leaves even the best LCD tech in the dust! Samsung Display rules.

18. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

What LCD VR they need to compete to? Also, great tech but no promising content to support it.

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Q2 2017 will be the best quarter ever ..

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

amazing things we will see in H2 2017 - this new gear VR - note 8 - Skylake-X vs threadripper (and EPYC) - amd vega - ARM-based Windows 10

9. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

And Nvidia Volta may also appear ...

6. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

i smell a new champ coming which others will follow soon...

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In other news Samsung Electronics’ Q2 operating profit is projected surpass that of Apple. In fact, it’ll be more in line with Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google’s operating profits put together. http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-highest-operating-profit-world-781407/

13. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

yes i read that but P.A wont post that

14. sicofante

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

"Some scientific theories suggest that the human eye cannot differentiate detail beyond 300 ppi." That's false as can be. There's no such scientific theory. I dare you to provide sources for that claim. Any theory regarding resolution must take into account the distance to the display. If you don't provide that number, your statement is plain stupid. You have probably heard that 300 ppi number regarding printed material that you will read from a distance of around 40 cm in a piece of paper. Take the paper closer or farther from your eye and the number will change radically. Change the paper to an RGB pixel structure and the number will change again. Change the bit depth of the RGB structure and antialiasing algorithms and you will have a new number. And that's all before even considering individual diffences in visual acuity per person. Next time you plan to use that statement again, just don't. That said, 2000 ppi in a VR set is promising.

17. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

Samsung is gunning for the best VR in the market when them pixels are many you get to experience something outta world, then comes the king of 'innovation' Apple en baaam you've the 'nail it thingie.'

19. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I wonder if there's a single gadget blog in the world left with technically skilled writers? I mean, this write-up is cringe-worthy beyond what should be legal. Fashion sites don't hire wildlife experts to write about summer collections, car magazines don't hire musicians to write about cars. Yet, gadget blogs insists on hiring people with zero IT knowledge to write about technology. Why is that? Is it because someone with actual knowledge would refuse to publish so many paid "write-ups" and "leaks"?

21. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Some scientific theories suggest that the human eye cannot differentiate detail beyond 300 ppi." -Simon K. (PA) 300ppi? Did you actually do any research, or do like to repeat whatever Apple claims on a particular day? The human eye's visual acuity can be as high as 1000ppi or more.

25. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

you didn't notice that? he's trying to defend the fruit company because it's still using 300ppi so as to soften the blow for it, he wants to make us believe that iPhone with that resolution can handle VR use, this guy is bluffing.

26. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

you didn't notice that? he's trying to defend the fruit company because it's still using 300ppi so as to soften the blow for it, he wants to make us believe that iPhone with that resolution can handle VR use, this guy is bluffing.#21

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