Considering how few movies and content are even available in 4k right now, it’s kind of odd that Sony decided to go ahead and make a 16k TV. Yes, you read that right – 16k, which is 16x the resolution of regular UHD 4K screens and 8x that of an 8k screen.
But they don’t care apparently. Their new 63-foot long and 17-foot tall MicroLED TV – affectionately dubbed The Wall – is proof.
Sony unveiled The Wall at CES 2019, and it was a glorious sight to behold. It’s actually composed of multiple TV panels put together, all made of CrystalLED – Sony’s name for MicroLED technology. Each LED is self-emissive, which means it lights up independently without a backlight, and makes a CrystalLED screen even brighter than a comparable OLED screen – with a brightness level of up to 1000 cd/m2. Contrast is pretty good, too, and the lifespan of each individual LED and the screen in general should be much longer.
Other impressive technical specs include a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, HDR support, 10-bit color processing, and a wide color gamut that is 140% of sRGB.
Because of size limitations, the resolution will not be an exact scale of 4k and 1080P, but it should be comparable and not affect performance and image too much. Seriously – when you’re looking at 16,000 pixels, we imagine the content looks absolutely amazing, no matter what the exact scale of the original image.
So the real question – Is it available for sale? Nope – for now, it’s only on display in Japan, where it’s part of an installation at a cosmetics research center. But if you want to try out the CrystalLED tech, that’s possible; Sony is selling some in much more manageable 55”, 4K sizes (and smaller). So you can pretend you’re getting the same ridiculous, wall-to-wall experience, for now at least.