Sony Unveil New Super-Size TV That’s Longer Than Two London Buses

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 10.04.19
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I’m legitimately awful at anything science-y and I’m bad at explaining my thoughts (which is a good trait to have for a writer) so although I’m going to try and explain my thinking, you won’t at all know what I’m getting at…

If I hold my phone around 20cm away from my face, it’s roughly the same size – with perspective – to my TV when I’m sat on my sofa at pretty much the opposite side of the room. Not to brag, but I have a pretty big TV and a fairly normal sized phone but if I can make them both look the same size, then what is the point in having a big TV (assuming I don’t have guests over to watch it with me (because I never do))?

I know I prefer watching things on my TV because the screen looks bigger and even though my laptop screen takes up more of my line of vision when I have it on my lap than my TV, I would still prefer the latter. It doesn’t make sense.

I guess I just don’t understand the nuance of perspective.

With that in mind, Sony have unveiled a new television that has a 16K resolution and is two storeys high.

How big’s that, Alfie? I’ll tell you. 19.2 metres (63ft) wide and 5.4 metres (17ft) high.

For perspective, that’s one-and-a-half brachiosauruses wide and three-and-a-half Danny DeVitos tall. It’s a big boy, to be sure.

It feels like, as a society, we’ve only just been introduced to 4K resolution so it’s quite annoying to know that 16K is an option.

Strategy Analytics’ David Mercer told the BBC:

We’re moving slowly towards 8K TVs at the end of the decade and who knows how long it will take to get beyond that, so 16K is likely to be limited to the corporate world for the time being.

“But there’s no doubt about it. These displays are incredibly impressive in person – even 8K on a big display is almost mesmerising.

“When you get to this resolution it delivers almost a quasi-virtual reality experience as your eyes perceive there to be depth to the content.

I’m livid.

Not only are there TVs out there better than mine, I’m not even allowed to look at them. How’s that fair? This is like love existing all over again.

I don’t get the privilege of being almost mesmerised but “David Mercer” does. It’s all falling into place now. He’s probably playing a remastered version of Modern Warfare 2 on it that I can’t play either too.

There you go. Something good that you can’t have.

Images via Sony

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