Google And LG VR Headset Runs 5K At 120Hz



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Google and LG announce unlikely VR headset

It has been no secret that since the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Google has been keen to release their own VR headset. Going into partnership with LG, it seems that they are shortly ready to reveal their headset, but current rumors are a little hard to swallow.

In a report via PCGamesN, the headset will not only be capable of 5k+ resolutions but will also run at 120Hz.

Reveal date

In the report, it is said that Google and LG will reveal the yet unnamed headset at the upcoming Display Week 2018 which is held this May. The device, which will be an OLED design, will reportedly have a 4.3-inch screen and, again as incredible as it seems, will be capable of an 18-megapixel resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.

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There is, of course, one significant issue with that. At present we very few graphics cards which are capable of producing 4K resolutions at 60fps. Put simply, I’m not certain that a GPU capable of supporting 5k resolutions at 120Hz actually really exist yet. This headset, therefore, despite all it’s technical bells and whistles, from a consumer stand-point might be completely useless at present.

When should we know more?

Display Week 2018 is being held between May 20 and May 25. As above, we should have some more news when it is revealed during that event. I should, however, clarify that it’s not entirely certain, at present, exactly who this product is being designed for. It’s a bit of an assumption to suggest that it will be primarily designed for gaming, but even so, this headset, while advanced, might be a little too advanced as things stand.

What do you think? Is this product really going to be 5k? Is there any point without the graphics cards to support it? – Let us know in the comments!

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8 Responses to “Google And LG VR Headset Runs 5K At 120Hz”
  1. Michael says:

    I’m sure it’s capable of 5k and 120hz, but not together.

    I doubt we’ll see anything hugely different, but maybe a premium price for the white plastic.

    • Mike Sanders says:

      You could be right.

    • greenbag says:

      From the info on other sites, they’re going to be incorporating foveated rendering by using the eye tracking that they’ve been working on with their UltraGear model. Foveated rendering reduces GPU load by as much as 50%. They’re also using a custom high bandwidth IC driver. So.. take that resolution, divide in half.. and run that at 120Hz. A 1080Ti should do the trick just fine. They’re obviously capable of running it right now, with the hardware that’s already available. It’s not just a proof of concept device.

      As for the Pimax… I wouldn’t want one. Too young and unproven, the image is stretched to fit the screen, some owners have said that the 2 screens aren’t even centered properly, and even though it has it’s own video rendering chip right in the headset.. it’s still a little laggy.

      I was all geared up to buy the Vive Pro when it’s released, but now I’m thinking of holding off for this LG model. I might get a Rift to tide me over until the LG is released.

  2. Shane says:

    I would buy it instantly if these specs were true!
    It’s like saying why do you need a V8 or twin turbo or some super car that can do 300-400 km/h when you can only do around 80-100 km/h on most public roads.
    There is a market for enthusiasts in computer tech, Always has been and always will be.
    Just look at the sales of high end parts these days.
    We already have enough semi affordable headsets out there for mass market, I have Gear VR for my Note 8 phone and it’s quite fun for entry level.
    Been holding off a major VR headset purchase because it just isn’t what I am after as an enthusiast.
    Needs more resolution, Move FOV, More refresh rate.
    As for gpu’s we have cards at the very high end that can handle 4k now, Just a matter of time when newer cards can handle more.
    They should also work on getting a lot more multi gpu support in games working with VR, Then it would not be a problem as many of us enthusiasts already have a pc running more than one graphics card.
    At present there is just a small list of games that work with VR SLI.

    Was just about ready to buy the Vive Pro when it comes out, But after hearing about the Google VR headset I will hold off some more.
    Pimax 8k( actually 2x4k ) is also tempting.

    Bring it on Google!

    • Mike Sanders says:

      We just saw that a Nvidia 1080ti wasn’t capable of getting 60fps from 4k gaming in FFXV, although I daresay there are cards that can handle the rendering of 5k graphics, it isn’t going to be anything over 25fps, if even that.

      • Shane says:

        That’s only one card though!
        I run multi gpu setup, And will do the same with nvidia’s next gen.
        Just need them to support VR with multi gpu set ups in more games.
        This market isn’t really for mainstream, We already have first gen headsets or cheap mobile ones.
        What they need to do is push the tech further in the high end, Adoption is low because it’s still crap. Low res, Screen door and low FOV is a turn off.

        • greenbag says:

          There’s only a handful of games that will actually run in an sli setup. But you won’t need it with the foveated rendering it’s going to use. Besides.. it’s not the speed of the card that’s most important at higher resolutions.. it’s the amount of vram the card has. Sli, you share the vram of the master card, it’s not doubled.

  3. Baldrickk says:

    This was my own bit of speculation for quite a while, only fuelled by Google’s conference about their new screens a while back.

    1. LG UltraGear needing something new to compete against the competition – Check
    – initial headset shown off was a step ahead (just like Vive Pro is (exactly like, actually ^.^)
    2. Google and LG working together on new headset – Check
    – suspected this when Google had their press conference about their new screens. LG are really the only panel producer who have a VR headset in development right now so this was a pretty easy guess
    3. Foveated rendering would be the new hotness – check
    – again, this was quite an easy one to guess, Google did talk about it after all.

    Ultragear + knuckles and I’m going to be a buyer.

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