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:

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