Chinese iQiyi Qiu’s newest headset reportedly with high-resolution micro-OLED displays
Exclusive news from the supply chain has revealed that the next-generation flagship headset from iQiyi Qiyu is set to bring micro-OLED panels. According to sources, this cutting-edge technology will bring about a resolution increase of over 50%.
Micro-OLED Technology is still under hard research, but we are slowly getting these new panels into the newest headsets like Bigscreen Beyond, one of the first consumer-grade VR headsets with micro-oled displays, which also feature Pancake optics and ultra-weight design. Bigscreen Beyond is set to release at the end of 2023.
All today’s industry standard headsets like Meta Quest 2, Valve Index, or PSVR2 are using outdated panels and optics technology – All of these headsets feature Fresnel Lenses, which offer small sweet-spot, blurry image of the sides of lenses, and a lot of glare. Both Quest 2 and Valve Index have LCD panels, which offer high refresh rates at cost of poor colors and gray darks. PSVR2 stands out with OLED panels, which offer rich colors, bright image, and HDR, at the cost of plenty of reprojection and the Mura effect.
All of these problems are no more present in Micro-OLED panels. This technology will revolutionize VR and AR space – Micro-OLED displays allow a high refresh rate, rich colors, and a ton of more pixels per inch. This way many headsets in the next years could have triple or even quadruple the resolution from the last Gen HMDs (from 2000×2000 to basically 3500×3500 or even higher).
The next-generation mixed reality product from Iqiyi Qiyu, besides the Micro-OLED panels, is also expected to ship with Pancake optics which are becoming industry standard faster and faster – the upcoming Meta Quest 3, is set to release with this optic technology as well.
Apple has also been making moves in the XR industry, with the upcoming launch of its first mixed-reality product in June this year. The release of this new category of product is set to greatly alter the software and hardware of XR – it is seen that everybody is carefully watching Apple’s moves in this industry, and many competitors of Apple are also preparing for the release of its mixed reality headset. For example, Samsung with their collaboration with Google and Qualcomm to create its own XR headset. iQiyi Qiu’s headset with its Micro-OLED panels seems to be proof of preparing the Chinese XR industry for Apple’s entrance into the XR industry.
The vice president of Dreamworld Technology, Wang Kai, revealed that the Qiyu mixed reality headset is set to be released in April this year, making it the first consumer-grade mixed reality headset to be equipped with Micro-OLED displays, even earlier than Apple or Bigscreen Beyond. The launch will certainly shake up the XR industry and set a new standard for this technology. It is unknown if the headset will be sold outside China.