Sony's next-gen 4K OLED virtual reality micro-screens show what the future holds

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Sony has begun the process of showing its prototype VR units that feature 4K OLED microdisplays for virtual reality headsets. The Sony R&D centre showed the new tech for Sony Technology day.


UploadVR has, as always, kept us abreast of more recent technological developments around virtual reality (thanks, PushSquare). Let's make it clear out the gate that these are not the PSVR 2 screens — you can read more about the rumoured PlayStation 4000x2040 specs here — this is a technology for the future that shows us what Sony R&D are working on. What we can see for ourselves, though, is a very impressive showcase.

Yasuka Ishihara and Kei Kimura, both engineers on the project, explain the use of 4K microdisplays. These are tiny screens that are capable of rendering at 4K at a much-reduced size, allowing for reduced headset weight and general bulk. Additionally, the prototype is doing it at sub-0.01 second response times. This increases clarity and reduces perceptible "jumping," which happens as the headset display struggles to keep up with the user.

PSVR 2 is slated for 2022, though we haven't seen anything since the controller reveal earlier this year. Would these screens be useful in a future PSVR 3? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.