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Sharp's 8k TV Is Like Standing in the Presence of a Wrathful God

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Sharp's lineup of TVs has been pretty lackluster so far. Oh! Except for this 85-inch 8k television, which is made up over 33 million pixels that look so shockingly good I actually felt ill.

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The 8k set is a prototype, but the technology is real. Really, really real—and 16 times the resolution of 1080p. Which already looks fab.

I've simply never looked at a thing like this before. What's the point in using qualitatives? How many times can I write sharp, clear, gorgeous, and vivid? Human faces look like they're in front of you, smiling through an enormous science fiction window. Look as close as you want at that crowd scene—there will always be more details. Footage of a dragon puppet looked more "there" than any 3D set has ever been.

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3D is supposed to be immersive, right? Fuck your immersion. No TV will ever be more immersive than an enormous one that actually looks like real life—no kooky daggers and baseballs flying out at your face required. No gimmicks. Just 33 million pixels in one place.

A nice lady who works for Sharp said it might be about five years until we can buy this.

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This might be more feasible than one might initially think. I figured it would be perhaps 20 years before it would be practical for the mass market, but they're already developing a video compression standard compatible for it:

[en.wikipedia.org]

So I guess it still might be "20 years," with early adopter availability in 5-10 years.