4K TV’s have only just started to become the norm and Sony is already looking ahead to 16K!
The 63ft by 17ft (19.2m by 5.4m) screen is currently being installed at a new research centre that has been built for the Japanese cosmetics group Shiseido in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. It is so large it will stretch between the first and second floors.
Sony calls the technology “Crystal LED”, which is its brand name for micro-LED display tech. Samsung is also experimenting with the format.
The innovation does not require a backlight, but goes much brighter than OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens while still delivering similar deep blacks. At present, however, the high manufacturing costs involved make it too expensive for widespread use.
Currently there are no devices out there that play or record footage in 16K. So this is just a technical masterpiece for now. But we said the same about 4K and 8K. It is likely where we may end up in the next 5 years.
Does this mean the next consoles could start targeting these resolutions? We all know gamers pushed the HD movement faster than any other medium as well as higher frame-rates.
The future is exciting, let’s hope that Sony develops a new handheld using the Crystal LED tech.