Example video in 16K (16000 × 9000 pixels)
A VR video in 16K (16000 × 8000 pixels)

16K resolution is a display resolution with approximately 16,000 pixels horizontally. The most commonly discussed 16K resolution is 15360 × 8640, which doubles the pixel count of 8K UHD in each dimension, for a total of four times as many pixels.[1] This resolution has 132.7 megapixels, 16 times as many pixels as 4K resolution and 64 times as many pixels as 1080p resolution.

As of April 2024, 16K resolutions can be run in prototype displays[2] or using multi-monitor setups with AMD Eyefinity[citation needed], or Nvidia Surround[citation needed] or Mosaic Technology.[3][4]


In 2016, AMD announced a target for their future graphics cards to support 16K resolution with a refresh rate of 240 Hz for "true immersion" in VR.[5][6][7]

Linus Tech Tips released a series of videos in 2017 attempting to play video games at 16K using sixteen 4K monitors.[4]

In 2018, US filmmaker Martin Lisius released a short time-lapse film titled, "Prairie Wind" that he produced using a 2-camera Canon EOS 5DS system he developed. Two still images were stitched together to create one 15985 × 5792 pixel image and then rendered as 16K resolution video with an extremely wide aspect ratio of 2.76∶1.[8] This is among the first known 16K videos to exist.[9][10]

Innolux displayed the world's first 100-inch 16K (15360 × 8640) display module at Touch Taiwan in August 2018.[11]

Sony introduced a 64 by 18 foot (19.5 m × 5.5 m) commercial 16K display at NAB 2019 that is set to be released in Japan.[12][13] It is made up of 576 modules (each 360 × 360) in a formation of 48 by 12 modules, forming a 17280 × 4320 screen, with 4∶1 aspect ratio.

On June 26, 2019, VESA formally released the DisplayPort 2.0 standard with support for one 16K (15360 × 8640-pixel) display supporting 30-bit-per-pixel 4:4:4 RGB/Y′CBCR-color HDR video at a refresh rate of 60 Hz using DSC video compression.[14]

Sphere, an entertainment venue located in Las Vegas, Nevada, opened with a wraparound interior LED screen on September 29, 2023.[15][16] According to Sphere Entertainment, the screen within the theater is 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) and sports a 16K (16000 × 16000-pixel) resolution, making it the highest resolution LED screen in the world.[17]

See also


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