Samsung announced its first gaming OLED – the Odyssey OLED G8. The company promises to demonstrate it at the IFA 2022 exhibition, which will be held in Berlin from September 2 to 6.
This is a 34-inch monitor, the design of which is noticeably different from previous models in the Odyssey line (even from the model with almost the same name – Odyssey Neo G8), although it has similar features. The body of the Odyssey OLED G8 has more straight lines (as much as is possible for a monitor with a curved screen), and the proprietary RGB lighting system Core Lighting Plus on the back panel has received a significant “upgrade”.
In the press release, Samsung notes that the monitor combines an OLED panel with Quantum Dot technology — so it can be assumed that it is a proprietary QD-OLED (although such a term is not explicitly used in the press release).
Regarding the technical specifications — the panel resolution is 3440×1440 pixels, the aspect ratio is 21:9, the maximum refresh rate is 175 Hz, the response time is 0.1 ms, the radius of curvature is 1800R (that is, 1.8 m is a significantly flatter panel than the same Odyssey G9, where the curvature is 1 m). The maximum brightness is not reported, but the presence of VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification suggests that it is 400 cd/m². It is also known that the monitor supports AMD FreeSync Premium adaptive frequency technology.
An interesting feature of the Odyssey OLED G8 is the presence of a built-in platform Samsung Gaming Hub, which the company announced for its own TVs and “smart” monitors at the beginning of the year. This platform allows owners of such devices to play games on the streaming services Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia or Xbox Game Pass without a console or PC. Unfortunately, so far Samsung Gaming Hub works only in some countries (USA, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France, etc.), and Ukraine is not among them.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 will go on sale globally in the fourth quarter of 2022, there is currently no information on the expected cost.