New VESA DisplayID 2.0 Standard to Optimize Plug-and-Play Connectivity for VR/AR

When you look at display technologies what do you look for? Resolution, where it’s LED, LCD or OLED, maybe a refresh rate or two. Whilst these are aspects the average consumer looks for in a new TV, or when comparing virtual reality (VR) headset specs, there are far more underlying systems in place which need to work effectively, giving you the best experience. One of those is the Display Identification Data (DisplayID) standard, and today the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced a major 2.0 update.

The new version aims to simplify connecting and configuring modern display products, including PC monitors, consumer TVs and embedded displays. As a result, DisplayID 2.0 offers a best-in-class plug-and-play experience with advanced capabilities that support 4K-and-higher resolutions, high dynamic range (HDR), VR and augmented reality (AR, and refresh rates of 120Hz and above.

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DisplayID 2.0 looks to address the growing use of head-mounted and other types of wearable displays; providing a clearer way to define Adaptive-Sync (i.e., dynamic refresh rate); extending field sizes to support higher pixel counts; expands the magnitude of parameters needed to enable HDR; and supports high luminance.

“What version 2.0 of the DisplayID standard facilitates is a true ‘it just works’ plug-and-play consumer experience,” said Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. “With advanced display technologies becoming more widely available, DisplayID 2.0 – by stripping out legacy capabilities – provides a crisp, succinct way to describe optimized connectivity while carrying forward structures that remain relevant today. This ensures the standard will expand to accommodate user demands.”

“EDID remains viable for lower-resolution devices, and the current framework allows for the smooth transition from EDID to DisplayID as modern displays migrate over time,” commented Syed Hussain, VESA board vice chairman and AMD Senior Display Domain Fellow. “While DisplayID 2.0 is a future-focused specification incorporating support for higher resolution and refresh rates as well as HDR and Adaptive-Sync, it can also co-exist with older products supporting EDID, further enabling us to help guarantee full-plug-and-play ability for consumers regardless of the type of display they own.”

And back in May, VESA announced the formation of a Special Interest Group (SIG) to address the various needs of those in the VR/AR markets.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of VESA, reporting back with the latest announcements.