A man wearing a VR headset

Japan Display (JDI), a company consisting of Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, claims it’s crafting a 3.25-inch 1,001 ppi — pixels per inch — VR screen that doubles what other VR screens are currently offering.

JDI’s end game is to make more natural-looking video on higher resolution displays. The way it’s going to do that is to feature high pixel density, lower latency and improved motion blur. To JDI, these are the essential elements to making better, more realistic, high resolution displays.

High Pixel Density and Improved LC Response Time

The upcoming 1001 ppi LCD features a response time from 4.5 milliseconds to 2.2 milliseconds, which helps reduce motion blur, on top of high pixel density. It can operate at a 120Hz refresh rate and has a resolution of 2,160 x 2,432.

803 ppi resolution isn’t good enough

Last year, JDI revealed it was developing a 803 ppi resolution LCD, but they found it to be “not sufficient” to the size and weight of HMD devices.

“[800 ppi] helped to alleviate problems associated with users noticing pixel grid lines (i.e., pixelation). However, even more compact-size LCDs and higher magnification lenses are required to decrease the size and weight of [head mounted display] devices. 800 ppi is not sufficient for this purpose. Instead, display resolution over 1000 ppi is anticipated from the market,” said JDI.

So JDI’s upped its game from last year. It’s taken a few inches off the display panel size, removed OLED tech support, and looks to fix glaring pixelation present in many VR headsets.

Image comparing 400 ppi, 651 ppi, 803 ppi, and 1001 ppi
Image comparing 400 ppi, 651 ppi, 803 ppi, and 1001 ppi

JDI’s still got some competition

While JDI’s 1001 ppi display bests HTC Vive Pro’s 615 ppi, Oculus Rift’s 461 ppi and Playstation VR’s 386 ppi stats, Google is reportedly working on a 18-megapixel OLED display with 1,441 ppi and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Additionally, Google’s display is reportedly 5,657 x 3,182 per eye. The two displays will certainly clash in the market.

Availability

JDI says the screen will start shipping March 2019. To learn more, go to JDI’s official site.
 

Sean Berry
Sean Berry is a blogger and Videomaker Contributing Editor.

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