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Sony Teases ‘VR Platform’ for its 4K Smartphone

Last month saw Sony Mobile introduce its latest smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany. The device is the first of the company’s handsets to incorporate a 5.5-inch 4K display. The news gained the attention of the virtual reality (VR) community, as the tech is forever seeking high resolution displays that reduce what’s known as the ‘screen door effect’ in which users can see the gaps between pixels when looking through the given head-mounted displays (HMDs) lenses. Now Sony itself has suggested that it could be looking to closely align its new phone with VR.


The company suggested as much in a recent Sony Mobile blog update that looks to answer some questions consumers might have about 4K technology. “Xperia Z5 Premium features a sharp, vivid 5.5” Ultra HD display, bringing Sony’s 4K BRAVIA technologies to a smartphone for the first time,” the blog reads. “It offers a viewing experience four times the resolution of Full HD, delivering a more lifelike, richer viewing experience achieved in three core areas: a dense 806ppi resolution; vivid colour with TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer for contrast and X-Reality for crystal clear clarity.”

But the big VR hint comes a little later on: “We also believe Xperia Z5 Premium is capable of offering the clearest, sharpest Virtual Reality platform – we’re working on a few things here internally, so stay tuned for more news soon.”

Running on the Android operating system (OS) means that the Xperia Z5 Premium is already well equipped to be used with DIY mobile HMDs such as Google Cardboard, but this line suggests that Sony Mobile’s VR plans reach much further than that. Could the company perhaps be planning its own Gear VR-esque HMD for its device? If so, what could that mean for PlayStation VR, the VR HMD that’s on its way to the PlayStation 4 with a 1080p OLED display?

VRFocus will continue to follow Sony Mobile’s work with the Xperia Z5 Premium, reporting back with any further VR-related updates on the device.

  1. Android currently does not support 4K on mobile devices. Only the camera app of the device is in 4K because it’s native code. So…it’s kinda pointless.

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