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Can I use the Oculus rift to replace my 6 monitors for day trading?

You could use an Oculus Rift as a computer monitor replacement, but it would be basically unusable for applications demanding high resolution such as day trading. The Oculus Rift, like all current-generation (2016) VR headsets, suffers from the screen-door effect. There are simply not enough pixels to present highly detailed graphics. Here is a quick calculation:

  • A typical multi-monitor setup might be 3×1920 = 5760 pixels wide, and occupy 90 degrees of your field of view. This means you have around 64 pixels per degree of view, which is pretty good. In fact, this is near the maximum spatial resolving capacity of the human eye.
  • The Oculus Rift has a horizontal resolution of 1080 pixels per eye, and a field of view of 110 degrees. This means you get only 9.8 pixels per degree.

To see things at the same level of detail in VR as in a multi-monitor setup, you will need to upscale everything by around 6x – which, for a day trader, is not a good idea. One day, it will be feasible – perhaps in around 2 VR headset generations from now when the manufacturers have worked out how to cram enough pixels into the headsets.