Microsoft sets up four 4K PC monitors to view one massive wallpaper from Mars

Microsoft's Extreme Windows blog likes to take PC hardware to its limits. Last time, it linked three 4K monitors from Sharp in order to play Dirt 3 with a total resolution of 11520x2160, running on an astonishing 1,492,992,000 pixels.

In the blog's latest experiment into viewing content on 4K monitors, it decided to increase the amount of displays from three to four. Yep, Microsoft linked four of Sharp's PN-K321 32-inch 4K monitors together to form one big 10 foot long display, with a resolution of 15,360x2,160 and a mind blowing 33,177,600 pixels. The total cost of all four monitors alone approaches $20,000.

Of course, PC users might want to use such a setup for the the ultimate multitasking workspace. However, since Windows 8 also supports panoramic wallpaper, Microsoft decided to find an image that could natively support all four monitors. As it turns out, there is such a photo. NASA has posted a 153 MB TIFF image of the surface of Mars taken from the Curiosity rover that has a resolution of 17,548x3,022.

In short, Microsoft downloaded the image and turned it into its desktop wallpaper with the four 4K monitors; the wallpaper managed to get fairly close to the original's resolution and that's certainly no small feat.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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posted a 153 MB TIFF image of the surface of Mars taken from the Curiosity rover that has a resolution of 17,548x3,022 and one billion (with a b) pixels.


That's wrong.

The billion is for 60fps at 4x4k.

The image isn't 1 billion pixels in res. not with those dimensions atleast. It's 32million ow what ever.

Mr. Dee said,
At the end of the day, the average user cares about Facebook, Solitaire, Internet and Microsoft Word.

and here, each one will get its own monitor

There is a downside to 4K displays. Anyone ever walk buy a co-worker, friend, or even a spouse and see a self portrait, kids, or the in-laws plastered on the screen? I'm gagging at the thought of these monitors going mainstream.

ZipZapRap said,
Read the link.. he explains what can be done with 4 x 4K monitors.

Even if I disagree with the coke thing...

did that. and i repeat .. very useful blah blah blah. NOT.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Only 33,177,600???

poverty pixels

The original was 24,883,200 pixels.So this is a bigger number. No idea why neowin stated 1,492,992,000 pixels, since 11520x2160 is not 1,492,992,000.

And after setting an 17,548x3,022 image as a wallpaper Windows "goes" and applies the downscaling converting wallpapers to low quality jpeg's.
Nice.

i don't understand.

I can see differences between the png's you posted as well as mine.

Anyway i know there is a solution involving the registry but the point of my post was that nowadays down scaling the image quality when set as a wallpaper is completely useless.

MidTxWRX said,

I'm on your side, but I can actually see the difference in the blue gradient of the sky up at te top.

Well of course you can, I thought 0nyx was implying that Windows downscales your wallpaper no matter what as I've heard other people state that before. The point of my post was to point out that if you use a .png wallpaper it won't do that.

But aren't you using png's in both screenshots?
Because you can see differences in terms of quality if you switch between the two screenshots really fast.

0nyX said,
But aren't you using png's in both screenshots?
Because you can see differences in terms of quality if you switch between the two screenshots really fast.

No I'm not. I applied the same wallpaper as a jpeg and as png. The original image is a jpeg which I re-saved as PNG which is the one that looks clear and sharp so Windows wouldn't compress it any further when it was applied.

now imagine if those four are touchscreens, as previously envisioned with windows 8,
spread & stretch your arms like ...

So a mouse and keyboard are always better? You see something on the first monitor, and slide over for a better look. So what is closer now - the monitor right in front of you, or the mouse currently sitting over a metre to your right.

Since owning a DLP, I forgot just how irritating it was to find dead pixels and the stores not accepting returns.. ughhh...

dvb2000 said,
because Metro tiles need about 600x400 and a 3" screen?

Strange Metro is no where to be seen in the screenshot.

The story was about the wallpaper.. and so the wallpaper is shown ..

dvb2000 said,
because Metro tiles need about 600x400 and a 3" screen?

Strange Metro is no where to be seen in the screenshot.

I believe that he is referring to the Coca-Cola can in the photograph?