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4K Resolution For The Future, Part 4: Virtual Reality Doesn’t Matter To You

One of the oft-cited reasons for the incoming onslaught of 4K displays is virtual reality, which is already taking its baby steps on the smartphone scene…if you’re not into virtual reality and VR headsets, why would you possibly want a phone with a 4K display?

We have come far in our series on 4K Resolution For The Future. You can view the first three parts here, as I link to them in the last objection to which I respond. As I’ve said before, there are some good objections and questions worth thinking about, but the problem with many claims against 4K resolution, or any futuristic technology for that matter, is that consumers often object to it now without seeing its impact upon history. Usually, when consumers attack something futuristic, it’s because the future brings uncertainty – and most consumers like certainty. Predictability has always been more comfortable than risk.

But, what if we embrace the future, even with its risks, and like it? Today’s objection isn’t about battery life, not seeing the difference with 4K resolution, or that current processors can’t handle it, but rather, the idea that higher-resolution screens are mostly for virtual reality (or VR) technology. Higher-resolution displays are mandatory for seeing crisper details and imagery up-close, and with virtual reality placing content right before your eyes, the higher-resolution display, the better.

VR, or virtual reality, is as the name suggests: it allows users to place their smartphone in a headset, turn their head in various directions, and look around in the world behind the screen. If you’re playing a game, then the experience is immersive, as you surround yourself with the on-screen world and block out the real world. I am a huge FIFA soccer fan and anxiously await the day that I can play with FIFA team Barcelona while wearing a Lionel Messi jersey and kicking a ball on-screen (but kicking air in real life). Imagine what it would be like to watch your favorite sports teams and sports behind the screen, while feeling as though you’re on the front row of the NBA finals, the front row of the NFL Super Bowl, or scoring the winning goal in a National Hockey League tournament? And this is just a small window of the world behind the virtual reality screen.

However, is it the case that 4K resolution is only for VR advocates? Must you endorse virtual reality in order to like 4K resolution? Not exactly. 4K resolution is also useful when it comes to a better-quality movie and TV-viewing experience, adding to the experience in an aesthetically-pleasing way. And, when you think about bringing this resolution to your smartphone, it makes the current experience even better because, the better the resolution, or higher, I should say, the longer you’ll read that Kindle book, or browse that news app, or read social media news and content. When we have a more pleasing experience on-screen, we tend to consume a greater amount of time on-screen.

The problem with the question above is that it assumes 4K resolution exists solely for VR, or virtual reality. While this higher resolution will serve VR enthusiasts, it will also serve the average consumer, in ways that we can’t even see right now. Because VR is a major benefactor of 4K resolution doesn’t mean it’s the only benefactor. There are other benefits that will arise as 4K resolution turns mainstream.

Stay tuned to Aptgadget. We’ve got one more objection left. Until then, you can view the objections at the source below.

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