Samsung wants to bring curved OLED displays to VR

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Samsung is throwing a curveball into VR headsets.... or at least, a curve. The technology manufacturer has filed a design patent (opens in new tab) for a future VR headset, one that makes use of a curved OLED display instead of a flat screen.

We've already seen high-quality OLED displays in VR with the Samsung HMD Odyssey or VR Hero Plus, while Google is also looking to bring the 'organic' display technology to bear in its VR headsets.

While the patent application isn't a guarantee we'll see a curved display model, companies are fiercely competing for a hold in the VR market, at a time when countless models are available but have yet to truly take off in terms of consumer interest.

Samsung has made no secret of its ambitions in VR, with a host of virtual reality or mixed reality headsets like the HMD Odyssey or Gear VR, and plans to create a series of VR-exclusive TV shows to offer through its devices.

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So why a curved display? Samsung is notable among TV manufacturers for making one fifth of its television range with curved displays - such as the Samsung NU7300. 

Curved displays are thought to better recreate the peripheral vision of round human eyes, as well as give a wider viewing angle, though they can struggle with more light distortion than flat screens in bright environments.

Outside light shouldn't be an issue inside a VR headset, and the curved display may help to give a more realistic 3D experience - while expanding the field of view to a fuller 180-degrees than you'd get with a flat screen.

So is Samsung innovating for the future, or coming at VR from the wrong angle? We'll find out as and when this curved display comes to market - if it does at all.

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Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.