New 27-inch display from Sony offers 3D without VR headset
The new Spatial Reality Display is a 27-inch screen that can display 3D content spatially without the need for special glasses.
Sony has long been involved in immersive technology, including the development of next-generation displays for VR and AR. Since 2020, Sony has also been producing holographic displays called Spatial Reality Systems.
Stereoscopic 3D without a headset or glasses
This technology allows 3D objects to be displayed spatially without special glasses, unlike, for example, Illumetry's recently introduced holographic display, which requires 3D glasses.
The first display in Sony's lineup offered a screen size of 15.6 inches (about 40 cm). However, larger 3D models were cut off at the edges of the holographic diorama. For displaying and viewing virtual objects, a good VR headset may be more suitable, depending on the object.
Sony still sees a target audience for a monitor that delivers the 3D effect without special glasses, and has announced a larger and improved Spatial Reality Display.
New display with improved technology
The ELF-SR2 display is not only larger than the previous 27-inch model, but also has an improved vision sensor for facial and eye movement detection.
In addition, Sony has incorporated various technologies to improve picture quality. The Super Resolution algorithm used is said to be based on the image quality data collected from Bravia TVs. This reduces the load on the GPU and allows for finer details.
The 4K display resolution is the same as its predecessor. Sony points out that the effective stereoscopic resolution is slightly lower.
System requirements and availability
A powerful computer is required to operate the ELF-SR2. The Spatial Reality Display needs at least an Intel 5 processor with six cores, a GeForce RTX2070 SUPER, and 16 gigabytes of RAM.
Sony's Spatial Reality Displays are targeted at people working in areas including architecture, engineering, industrial design, and software and game development. There are also potential applications in the medical field.
Expensive display: $185 per inch
Sony charges a comparatively high price of 5,000 Euros. You can get good PCs for less money, including a good XR headset.
The market launch in the US and Canada is scheduled for May. A date for the worldwide release is not yet known.
Besides Sony, Looking Glass also produces holographic displays. Roomality and Light Field Lab are also working on partly large-format holographic screens.