Google and LG to unveil 16 megapixel resolution VR displays

VR technologies are at a place now where they're actually fun to use, after decades of early efforts where the big dreams of VR evangelists simply couldn't quite be realized by available hardware and software. But for as good as things are today, there's a deep well of potential for them to get much, much better.

One of the most critical pieces of hardware for an immersive experience is the display. Currently, most displays have a kind of 'screen door' effect, where individual pixels can be seen due to the high magnification of the lenses. Google may be changing the game when it launches it's new display in collaboration with LG at the Display Week 2018 in late May. According to their advanced program for the expo, Google will be making a presentation detailing “An 18 Mpixel 4.3-in. 1443-ppi 120-Hz OLED Display for Wide-Field-of-View High-Acuity Head-Mounted Displays.”

That kind of image fidelity is incredible, especially given the state of the art today. For example, the upcoming HTC VIve Pro has a screen resolution or 2880x1600 pixels with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

The issue here though is, will the rest of the hardware be able to keep up? Running a display at this resolution in VR would require some ferocious computing power.

Well, we only have a couple of months to wait and see Google/LG's answer to this conundrum. In the meantime, we're ordering a Pimax 8K!