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Sony PlayStation VR2 to sport OLED display with a larger size and the highest pixel density

The PlayStation VR2 controller (image: Sony)
The PlayStation VR2 controller (image: Sony)
According to display industry analyst Ross Young the new PlayStation VR2 will have an OLED screen with the highest pixel density of 'well over 800 PPI.' Sony already disclosed the per-eye resolution of the VR2 screen and quick calculations return that it may be at least an inch larger than the panel of the original PS VR.

While Sony already disclosed some of its upcoming PlayStation VR2's specifications, for the display part of the virtual reality headset it only states that "with an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz." Of course, it also adds that the "PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering," too, but the all-important display size is missing. Until now, when the display analyst Ross Young from DSCC, a source that has proven to be credible, advised that the PS VR2's display will have the highest pixel density on a commercial OLED panel:

A total of 15.8M panels will find their way into VR headsets this year, with over 80% of the demand expected to come from Meta. While most of today’s VR headsets currently use LCD panels, other display technologies will soon appear. AMOLED will be back, thanks to the launch of Sony’s PlayStation VR2. We expect these AMOLED panels to have a pixel density well above 800 PPI, which is a record high for mass-produced AMOLED. With high contrast displays and no visible screen door effect, the PSVR2 is likely to be a hit among gamers.

That "well above 800 PPI" number is referring to the pixels-per-inch display metric and it is indeed  breathtaking given that even phones with small 4K screens like the Sony Xperia 1 III only amount to 643 PPI. Quick calculations return that the PlayStation VR2 display size must be at least 6.4 inches in size to achieve that 800+ pixels-per-inch density, which would be a massive upgrade over the 5.7-inch panel of the original PS VR set.

Since the resolution is 2000×2040 pixels per eye, the total should be double that, and a PPI calculator pegs the display size in the 6.4-inch to the 7.1-inch range, or anywhere between 892 PPI to 804 PPI. Since Ross Young says "well above" 800 PPI, the Sony PlayStation VR2 may have a screen diagonal that is at least an inch longer than the one on its predecessor, or a 6.7-inch panel with 852 PPI. It would literally be a sight to behold, despite the latest rumors that the PS VR2 release date may not be in 2022 at all.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2022-04-12 (Update: 2022-04-12)