“We’re moving slowly toward 8K TVs at the end of the decade, and who knows how long it will take to get beyond that, so 16K is likely to be limited to the corporate world for the time being,” said David Mercer of Strategy Analytics at the show, as reported by the BBC.
“When you get to this resolution, it delivers almost a quasi-virtual reality experience as your eyes perceive there to be depth to the content,” he added.
We can attest to that from just our 8K experience. While the talk of CES last year was mostly centered around LG’s rollable OLED, it was the company’s window-clear 88-inch 8K OLED TV that blew our minds, offering via its limited reel of 8K footage what was easily the most beautiful picture when it comes to contrast, clarity, and sheer realism this journalist has ever seen.
With a 16K display this massive, it’s difficult to imagine how impressive and immersive the images will be, though a large part of that will depend on the content. For now, according to the report, Sony has produced its own 16K content for its new display using a method it calls “demosaicing” to create “quad ultra-high definition” footage.
Apart from the content concerns, another limitation to Sony’s new 16K marvel (and screens like it) is likely to be the modular design. Even on Samsung’s latest version of The Wall, when you get up close and personal, there are noticeable seams where the multiple panels meet, primarily evident when you move off axis. Still, in a screen as large as Sony’s, the issues should be negligible, and the bezel-less modules appear to reveal a seamless screen from Sony’s image.
Frankly, we’re not sure which aspect of Sony’s new display is most impressive. Whether it’s the ridiculous resolution, the monstrous size, the 16K content created in-house, or the advancements it poses for the MicroLED technology — which Sony calls “Crystal LED” — the presentation appears to be a major step forward for displays in general.
While we may not see the repercussions for years in our living rooms, it’s always fun to know what’s coming down the pike. For now, we’re left to wonder just how we’re going to actually get our eyes on this thing