While only those at Oculus truly know what the Oculus Rift CV1 (consumer version) may look like. We can get a pretty good idea of the likely specification by looking at what the suppliers of the Oculus Rift DK2 are doing.
The Oculus Rift DK2 uses a Spectra VR7100 chip which reduces size and weight of HDMI copper interconnects which results in the HDMI cable being much thinner. Spectra announced the release of their VR7200 chip with the following announcement:
“With Spectra7’s new VR7200 chip which features the Company’s patented high-speed, active signal processing and power delivery technology, dual screen VR HMDs with a single super-thin cable and ultra-compact connector are now possible. Next generation VR interconnects built with Spectra7’s VR7200 are capable of dual 2560 x 1440 Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) display resolution with 4:4:4 Chromaat up to 80 FPS perscreen without any image degradation as a result of Luma and/or Chroma subsampling and do not require a separate external HMD power connection”
In addition to this. The company announced a very large order of over 500k devices from a large OEM manufacturer of VR devices.
"Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. ("Spectra7" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SEV), today announced that it has received a significant multi-product order for its new virtual reality ("VR") devices from an industry-leading consumer original equipment manufacturer ("OEM"). The order calls for delivery of over 500,000 devices "
What can be concluded from this?
Oculus Rift CV1 may very well have a 2560 x 1440 resolution with a refresh rate of 80 Hz.
To me, this makes sense. Any resolution higher than this and/or refresh rate higher will just be too tough for the vast majority of PCs to drive. For VR to become mainstream it should not require 2 high end PC graphic cards to drive.
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