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Sharp 85-Inch TV: CES 2014 Shows Off 8K Resolution Glasses Free 3D TV, But Is It Overkill?

Sharp 85-Inch TV: CES 2014 Shows Off 8K Resolution Glasses Free 3D TV, But Is It Overkill?

Revealed at CES 2014, Sharp’s 85-inch TV called the Aquos Quattron Plus offers an amazing 8K resolution. But is this feature awesome or just plain overkill?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, another CES 2014 rumor claims Apple will release an iPad Pro with a 4K resolution screen.

The Aquos Quattron Plus was created together with Philips and Dolby in order to offer “a lifelike 3D picture.” But the defining feature to Sharp’s 85-inch TV is the 8K resolution. As a comparison, a 1080p TV is 1920 x 1080, a 4K TV is 3840 x 2160, and a 8K TV will be 7680 x 4320, which is sixteen times the resolution of a standard HDTV.

But even 4k televisions face an uphill battle for acceptance. There is very little native 4K content and most cable or satellite television streams are 720p at most, never mind 1080p or 2160p. The DISH network would have to launch new satellites to handle the high bandwidth of 4K or they’d have to offer less HD channels in total. Even cable or fiber-based TV providers may have difficulty serving up 8K resolution.

The biggest obstacle to consumers purchasing a Sharp 85-inch TV is whether their eyes will even notice the difference between standard 1080p HD, 4K, and 8K HD. Even 20/20 vision cannot resolve sharpness above 229 pixels per inch according to scientists. For example, the high pixel density of Apple’s acclaimed retina displays only become noticeable because you are viewing the screens at extremely close distances. To make the 8K resolution worthwhile, you have to combine smaller living rooms with 8K HDTVs larger than 100 inches:

1080p 4k 8k HDTV Viewing Distance

According to some reports, the average TV viewing distance in America is around seven to 10 feet. As you can see, the 8K resolution of Sharp’s 85-inch TV only becomes noticeably better when you’re five feet or closer. In addition, the latest gaming consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, may offer better graphics but most games are likely to max out between 720p and 1080p, with even the 4K resolution out of reach.

The biggest immediate benefit to this 8K 3D HDTV would be autostereoscopic technology, which allows glasses-free 3D. Autostereoscopic technology lowers the resolution of the resulting image, so combining it with the 8K resolution would result in a 3D picture at a 4K, or 2160p, resolution. Newer HDTVs combine lenticular lenses, cameras, and facial recognition software in order to allow multiple people to enjoy a 3D movie at the same time. While there are some caveats with 3D depth and head-tracking, the biggest benefit is not having to wear 3D glasses and reviewers have also mentioned there’s no eye strain.

So, once you include glass-free 3D, Sharp’s 85-inch TV suddenly becomes much more viable as a product since the screen size, viewing distance combination is perfect for the 4K resolution. Unfortunately, while that’s the good news the bad news is that Sharp hasn’t announced a release date for this demo model.

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10 Responses to “Sharp 85-Inch TV: CES 2014 Shows Off 8K Resolution Glasses Free 3D TV, But Is It Overkill?”

  1. Joe Torelli

    I'm waiting for a 120"; Cinemascope (12:5 Ratio) ; ROYGBIV (7 color model); 16K Ultra High Definition TV.

  2. Joe Torelli

    Actually, the range is much more than that. The AVERAGE Range is 7-10 feet.

  3. Ray Whaley

    At what point is the human eye no longer able to discern any difference between picture quality improvements?

  4. Anonymous

    Who cares about the resolution? As TV screens get larger, higher resolutions are required. As companies develop these higher resolutions it becomes cheaper for them to manufacture all of their TVs at that resolution (as opposed to manufacturing TVs with different resolutions depending on the screen size). Soon enough I am sure they won't sell any more 1080p TVs regardless of content or size of screen.

    TV buying guide:
    1) Figure out your budget.
    2) Buy a TV within that budget.

  5. Kevin Derrico

    It can't go beyond the 1080. It's even hard to tell between 720 or 1080. It's just another gimmick to get more money.

  6. James DeLosh

    I am very happy with my 32" 480p picture tube television that I have, I have not had to buy a new television in over 16 years. Think of the money that I have saved over the years not buying something new every couple of years.

  7. Tim Ott

    I just bought a Vizio 80in LED 3D tv….the picture quality is AMAZING and compared to the 4K models it is indeterminable to me anyway which is better. SUCH and upgrade over my last TV that so much looks fake and bad acting looks HORRIBLE. It is awesome but if you watch beloved older movies it may look like strings are attached to the graphics haha

  8. Karl von Stein

    The human retina can percieve 576 millions of pixels – this means that at an angle of 30° of your field of vision you need to have around 8500×4000 pixels before you cant tell the difference.
    Anyone who is claiming otherwise is either suffering from amblyopia or is genuinely misinformed.
    PC Gaming Myths #1: 720p vs 1080p vs 4K. How much can your eye see?

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