The first major PC-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) may have launched in recent weeks but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. These first editions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will be far from the last, with areas such as resolution, refresh rate and more to upgrade. AMD is looking ahead in this regard, anticipating the time that more advanced HMDs arrive. As such, the company has revealed that it already has its own VR HMD with some impressive specs behind it.
During his keynote talk at today’s VR World Congress (VRWC) in Bristol, UK, AMD’s Roy Taylor revealed that the company has its own VR device in its labs. According to Taylor, the device supports 4K resolution per eye, easily beating that of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It also boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, again surpassing those two devices though matching the refresh rate of the 1080p display seen in the upcoming PlayStation VR. It’s not expected that this device will see a consumer release, instead being used for internal testing.
Even with these additions, VR is far from perfect. Taylor noted that achieving 144 frames per second with 16K resolution per eye was the real goal for the tech, which is something fans likely won’t see for a very long time.
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