Samsung unveils Odyssey OLED, 8K gaming monitors at CES 2023 |  Digital trends

Samsung unveils Odyssey OLED, 8K gaming monitors at CES 2023 | Digital trends

Samsung is convinced you need a bigger gaming monitor – or at least that’s what its CES 2023 lineup suggests. The company has introduced four new monitors to its Odyssey gaming line, ranging from a monitor 34-inch ultrawide to its 57-inch 8K monster.

It’s an interesting move given that CES is also bringing LG’s first 27-inch OLED monitors that have been tech talk for the past couple of months. But for now, Samsung is only offering two Odyssey OLED monitors: a 34-inch and a 49-inch model.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9

Unlike the wave of new 27-inch OLED gaming monitors, Samsung’s first OLED monitors use its own QD-OLED panels, first introduced in the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, launched last year. QD-OLED is Samsung’s long-awaited answer to LG OLED, and so far it’s proven to be a strong contender.

the Samsung Odyssey G95SC 49 is the most interesting of all these new monitors. It takes the form factor of the Odyssey Neo G9 and adds an OLED panel into the mix. That means it’s a super ultra-wide 32:9 monitor with an 1800R curve that essentially stacks two 1440p monitors side-by-side (what Samsung calls “dual QHD”), for a total resolution of 5120x 1440. It comes with the same 240Hz refresh rate as the Odyssey Neo G9 as well.

The Odyssey OLED 34 is a little tamer – a 21:9 ultrawide monitor with a 175Hz refresh rate. According to Samsung, both monitors come with a 0.1ms response time and HDR True Black 400 This all matches what we’ve seen on the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, which comes as no surprise. However, Samsung did not mention whether it is an official DisplayHDR certification or not. The company bypassed this certification process with last year’s Odyssey Neo G8.

Beyond just a new panel, these new OLED monitors also feature a refreshed design. The stand is wider and the base shouldn’t take up as much space as with the G8. The branding on the back is also a little less bombastic. The simpler design looks much cleaner, as does the circular RGB ring in its center.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 8K Monitor

Although Samsung has a new monitor in the 49-inch 32:9 category, the Odyssey Neo G9 isn’t going anywhere. This monitor was teased by AMD last November as one of the first 8K monitors on the market, and it’s even crazier than our first look suggested.

Obviously, 8K resolution is the standout feature, enabled by DisplayPort 2.1, which doubles data transfer speeds to allow bandwidth to do 8K. Whether or not your PC can handle that many pixels is another question, especially since only AMD’s latest GPUs support this feature.

The Odyssey Neo G9 is a 57-inch 32:9 monitor with a 1000R curve that puts two 4K screens side-by-side, for a total resolution of 7680 X 2160. Even with the improved resolution, Samsung maintains a very high 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. It’s not OLED, but the new updated Odyssey Neo G9 uses a mini-LED backlight, which Samsung says gives it a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

Wide aspect ratios are the basis of Samsung’s new Odyssey range, with the exception of the Odyssey Neo G7. The 2023 model uses a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, but it measures 43 inches. Samsung seems to be targeting this more as a TV, as it includes a 2.2-channel speaker system and Samsung’s Smart TV operating system.

The Odyssey Neo G9 is VESA-certified for HDR 1000 display, and Samsung claims it delivers “superior imaging in any gaming environment, from shadows to bright scenes.”

The Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey OLED G9 include Adaptive Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium. They also come with Samsung Smart Hub and Game Hub. This gives you direct access to streaming video apps like Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube without even connecting to a PC. Similarly, Game Hub lets you stream games from Xbox and Nvidia GeForce Now.

Both monitors also include USB-C charging up to 65 watts.

Samsung says the Odyssey Neo G7 will be available in the early months of 2023, while the Odyssey Neo G9 will arrive later in the year. It’s unclear exactly when we’ll see both OLED monitors, but Samsung says they’ll arrive a bit later in 2023.

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