[Infographic] Game With Unmatched Clarity on Samsung’s First OLED Gaming Monitor, the Odyssey OLED G8By STF News
With the Odyssey OLED G8 — the first OLED gaming monitor from Samsung Electronics — you won’t miss a thing, no matter what game you play.
The Odyssey OLED G8 is designed for lightning-fast game play. The screen’s 175Hz refresh rate and 0.1ms response time, combined with a wide 21:9 ratio, will keep you one step ahead of the competition.
You can soak in every detail with the monitor’s VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black Certification and true RGB, which makes stories come to life on the ultra-thin 34-inch screen. You can surround yourself in every scene with the monitor’s updated CoreSync & Core Lighting+ technology, which matches your game’s onscreen colors for world-blending immersion. What’s more, the Odyssey OLED G8 comes with a 3-year warranty — so you can enjoy all-night gaming sessions for years to come.
To learn more about how the Odyssey OLED G8 offers a next-level gaming experience, check out the infographic below.
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In August, Samsung Electronics unveiled the Odyssey Ark, surprising the world with its groundbreaking curved gaming screen and providing an innovative and unique gaming experience to gamers everywhere. With a name like the “Odyssey Ark,” it made sense for Samsung to travel the world, by meeting with a variety of gamers, catching the eyes of media, influencers, gamers and technology enthusiasts alike.
The Ark Crew Set Off on Odyssey Ark’s First Journey
▲ The first Odyssey Ark event with the Ark Crew in Samsung 837, New York, U.S. and Samsung KX, London, U.K.
When the Odyssey Ark was introduced in August, Samsung 837, its flagship experience center in New York and Samsung KX in London celebrated with Odyssey Ark parties that brought together top gamers and esports pros, including SypherPK, Loughh, Stoopzz, Alyska, Calfreezy and Konstantin. Dubbed the “Ark Crew,” these gaming experts were the first to get a hands-on experience with the Odyssey Ark. They praised the Odyssey Ark for its unparalleled, immersive gaming experience.
Bringing a New Gaming Experience to Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand!
▲ The Odyssey Ark was introduced at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2022.
After its initial launch, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the bright, shining lights, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Odyssey Ark booths, which were built using round pods inspired by the curved screen, attracted visitors’ attention and provided an incredibly immersive experience.
▲ At the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow held in Singapore in October 2022, visitors could enjoy a racing game by using the Odyssey Ark.
In addition to captivating visitors at the summit, the Odyssey Ark wowed viewers at Siam Paragon Mall Game Festival Roadshow in Thailand and the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow in Singapore in October.
▲ Odyssey Ark media event held in New Zealand in September 2022.
Local media in Australia and New Zealand also enjoyed a sneak peek of the Odyssey Ark at a preview event, getting hands-on experience with a racing game zone designed for an immersive experience through the 55-inch screen. The screen attracted a lot of attention and introduced the next-generation of gaming, one based on immersion and led by the Odyssey Ark.
Meeting Gamers Where They Are: Brasil Game Show, PAX West and TwitchCon
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at the Brasil Game Show 2022 held in São Paulo from October 6 to 12, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark was also featured at Brasil Game Show 2022, Latin America’s largest gaming show, held in São Paulo in October of this year. The Samsung booth showcased several models, including the Odyssey Ark and Odyssey Neo G9, in experience zones where gamers could see the difference Samsung can make. This was the first public debut of the Odyssey Ark, and it received a lot of fanfare.
Samsung’s tour through Latin America didn’t stop there: In the same month, gamers at the Argentina Game Show 2022 in Buenos Aires were mesmerized by the Odyssey Ark. During the exhibition, more than 100,000 attendees visited Samsung’s booth. Coscu, a famous gamer with more than four million subscribers, was one of them and helped attract more visitors to Samsung’s booth during the event.
▲ With over 250 Odyssey monitors at the event, gamers enjoyed immersive gameplay at PAX West Seattle held on September 2-5, 2022.
▲ Visitors gather around the Odyssey models installed at the TSM booth at TwitchCon San Diego held on October 5-7, 2022.
To connect with U.S. gamers, Samsung brought the Odyssey Ark to a number of popular gaming festivals, including PAX West held in Seattle and TwitchCon in San Diego. Samsung had more than 250 Odyssey monitors at PAX West’s PC Area. In particular, the dedicated Odyssey Ark booth built in collaboration with ReedPop impressed gamers with the 55-inch 1000R curved screen’s overwhelming presence, grabbing significant attention.
The Odyssey Ark continued its journey at TwitchCon in San Diego, where more than 30,000 well-known Twitch content creators gathered. Samsung partnered with esports organization TSM and gave attendees the opportunity to experience the Odyssey Ark, Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey G7.
Getting Smart at Smart Arena, Popping Off at POP CON and Being a Hero at HeroFest
▲ The Odyssey Ark launching show was held at the Smart Arena in Milan on September 22, 2022.
▲ Popular streamer Jakidale is broadcasting live footage of esports player Piz experiencing the Odyssey Ark. Right photo courtesy of piz.fn on Instagram.
Let’s move into Europe, one of the biggest gaming markets with many passionate gamers who were excited about the Odyssey Ark. In September, gamers and streamers were given a special look at the Odyssey lineup at the Smart Arena in Milan. Popular streamers and entertainers, including Jakidale and Bryan Box, along with esports team Morning Stars players Piz, Belix and Predage, tested the Odyssey Ark and shared their live reactions with their online audiences.
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at ZURICH POP CON in Zürich, Switzerland held on October 1 and 2, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark then journeyed to ZURICH POP CON in Zurich and HeroFest in Bern, followed by GameForce in Brussels and Dreamhack in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Odyssey Ark booth was packed with people who wanted to get a firsthand experience with this groundbreaking and futuristic gaming screen.
Bringing the Gaming Soul to Seoul
After making stops around the world, the Odyssey Ark has landed in seven department stores across Seoul. Visitors can experience the Odyssey Ark’s unique features, including Multi View, Flex Move Screen and Gaming Hub.
The Odyssey Ark made a memorable impact in some of the world’s biggest gaming markets. Its incredible launch turned heads in gaming communities, signaling a new era of immersive gameplay. And this is just the beginning of the Odyssey Ark’s innovative journey.
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In the game world, we can become captain of a warship or the world’s fastest racer. Gamers enter their own unique virtual space via a screen. Samsung Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen has introduced a new world for gamers.
How was this innovative gaming screen invented? To learn more about the entire development process from concept design to development and commercialization, Samsung Newsroom sat down with three experts who strived to create the masterpiece, Odyssey Ark: Hyun Mook Choi, who successfully turned his Odyssey Ark concept into the final product, Jisoo Kim, who worked on product design to give gamers the best gaming experience possible, and Kyuseong Lee, who designed various features to enhance game experience.
▲ (From left to right) Kyuseong Lee in Future Planning Group, Jisoo Kim in Design team, Hyun Mook Choi in Future Planning Group of Samsung’s Visual Display Business
The Start of Odyssey Ark: Offer “A Unique Gaming Space Where Gamers Can Stand Out”
Along with vertical Cockpit Mode, Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen boasts an unrivalled, overwhelming presence. The completely new form factor came from the desire for space.
“I drafted the concept of Odyssey Ark thinking that everyone might have had a dream of creating their own arcade with their favorite game device.” Hyun Mook Choi, who first designed Odyssey Ark’s concept, recalled the time when he came up with the idea.
Jisoo Kim said the product design was inspired by his six-year-old boy making a fortress for his own space. He thought a flexible screen could satisfy gamers’ unique desire for their own space. They found common ground in space and refined the concept.
“In the early stages of design, we found through interviews that most game lovers wanted to have ‘a large screen that can wrap tightly around them,’” said Choi. “Gamers crave a special screen providing a great presence in their room and from that we set a goal of creating a product that gamers would want to show off.”
The difference of home gaming from home theater and home office is that it should offer “a fun escape from daily life” rather than blending in with it. “That is why we thought a rotating 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen could mesmerize gamers with a completely different form factor,” said Kim. “Odyssey Ark was developed with a sophisticated and overwhelming design to make users feel that they can win with this gaming screen. Visual excitement was also added by allowing users to dynamically rotate the screen in any direction.”
“When devising the product plan, we paid attention to the fact that the gaming market is no longer about simply playing, but it has grown across the platform by absorbing every entertainment element, including visual aspects and increased interaction.” He proudly explained, “From the very beginning, Odyssey Ark was positioned as a ‘game changer’ to pioneer a new market.”
Built for Gaming! Back Story Behind Designing Convenient Features To Meet Individual Needs
Gamers have warmly welcomed Odyssey Ark because it seemed to read their mind. Kyuseong Lee, a gaming enthusiast and part of the Future Planning Group, joined the project and came up with ideas. “I first thought about what makes me feel uncomfortable during gameplay and made efforts to reflect the game pattern of players and their lifestyle types,” he said.
In combination with its incredible picture quality, the Odyssey Ark has become “a true gaming screen for gamers” with its analysis of gamers’ usage patterns and new gaming features, such as Flex Move Screen, Multi View and Ark Dial.
The most essential part in product development was the picture quality technology. “We adopted the same processor used in the best-quality TVs for gamers who spare no expense to play a game smoothly with incredible picture quality,” Lee said. Combined with 4K resolution, the huge display features the best gaming specifications with a 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (GtG). In fact, it is the first 55-inch gaming screen that supports a 165Hz refresh rate.
Hyun Mook Choi, who designed Flex Move Screen, highlighted the purpose of product development saying, “Most gamers like multitasking, so they keep changing where to place the main monitor on their desk and adjust the screen size and ratio based on what to play.” Flex Move Screen allows users to choose a perfect screen size between 55- and 27-inches, as well as the screen ratio between 16:9, 21:9 and 32:9. In addition, it also helps users find the most comfortable posture by adjusting its screen position within a large, 55-inch screen.
Ark Dial, the exclusive controller for the Odyssey Ark, was designed for gamers who continuously adjust settings to save time and find shortcuts. Users can easily change the screen layout and setting with Ark Dial as well as quickly and simply control Multi View. “The internal test shows that Ark Dial drastically reduces the setting time from about one minute to five seconds,” said Kim. “For the Ark Dial test, we even rented acquaintances’ luxury vehicles and tested how smoothly it rotates and response time of the jog dial.”
In addition, the Odyssey Ark introduces overwhelmingly immersive sound with Dolby Atmos based on a 60W 2.2.2 channel and Sound Dome Tech. Choi got insight from reviews involving professional gamers, T1. “Contrary to our thoughts that all gamers would like to play a game wearing a headset, they prefer to use speakers. This clearly shows that a perfect sound direction and lifelike gaming sound effects are particularly important.” said Choi. “That is why the Odyssey Ark offers multi-channel speakers and additional woofer.”
Continuous Studies and Testing To Create Totally New Product Concept
Inventing a new product means continuous testing, experiments and studies. Moreover, strengthening the large screen’s usability on the desk was a daunting task. They adopted 1000R curvature to optimize the near-field viewing angle of the 55-inch display. A thin plate for the bottom part helps gamers efficiently use space even with the large screen.
Kim explored more than 500 videos on gaming room decorating and game-related documentaries to learn how gamers decorate and organize their space. “To develop an unprecedented 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, I watched videos that carry gamers’ daily life and analyzed their lifestyle,” he said.
Then, they created product mockups by using a form board and viewed the screens with projectors to find the perfect screen size and curvature as well as to realize the ambition of vertical Cockpit Mode.
Lee conducted a two-week review involving heavy gamers in the U.S. and studied every detail of gamers’ needs regarding features and interfaces. “During the four-day business trip I had to deal with real-time issues and responses day and night. But it was such a meaningful time that I even forgot how tired I was!” Lee said.
Any new feature requires significant time and effort as many people from different departments work together to verify UX, GUI, compatibility with conventional features and quality control. “I think it is the first project in which so many people from different departments joined together for a single product,” said Choi. “It is incredible that every single person actively participated in the project.”
Odyssey Ark Is Finally Here. So, What’s Next?
The Odyssey Ark surprised the world with its best-in-class gaming screen. But when asked about the next plan, every expert uniformly said, “This is only the beginning.” Lee said, “The ark is in the early stages. We will continue to update the product by reflecting gamers’ preferences.” Kim added, “I would like to overcome physical limits and create a better screen.” Choi shared his ambition saying, “We will do everything possible to allow users to seamlessly immerse themselves in any game with the Ark.” Going forward, the Odyssey Ark will continue to open new possibilities for gamers.
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Gamescom 2022, a five-day festival for over 265,000 gamers from around the world, was held in the historic city of Cologne, Germany, on August 24 through August 28. Cosplayers who dressed up as characters from popular games and movies, as well as video game enthusiasts from all over the world, gathered at Cologne Messe, where the Gamescom exhibition was held. 2022 marked a special year for Gamescom, as it was the first time in three years the event was held in person, inspiring more energy and connection from gamers than ever before.
At the event, Samsung Electronics debuted the Odyssey City booth as an ode to Gamescom 2022. Through this immersive, hands-on experience showcasing the new Odyssey lineup, visitors could see for themselves the next-level performance of the advanced gaming screens.
Odyssey City: Enter a New Era of Immersive Gaming — From Odyssey Ark to Gaming Hub
The moment they entered the Samsung booth, visitors were faced with the next-generation gaming screen Odyssey Ark, unveiled for the first time in the European market. Visitors navigated the booth by moving from the Odyssey Ark Zone to the Experience Zone, then to the Gaming Hub Zone, and finally to the Tournament Zone to watch exciting live gaming.
The audience was fascinated by the impressive size of the Odyssey Ark, measuring 55-inches, equipped with 4K picture quality and a high refresh rate of 165Hz. One visitor to the booth said he liked “the size because he is into photography and videography. Also, for gaming, it feels like a space station.” Another visitor tested the game Valorant on the Odyssey Ark and said, “it’s really good if you want to play the game while streaming, chat with Twitch on top of it and play music.”
In addition to the Odyssey Ark, visitors marveled at the Odyssey G4 and the Odyssey Neo G8. One video game enthusiast reported that “the graphics are amazing” on the Odyssey Neo G8.
▲ Visitors, influencers and famous gamers who visited Gamescom experienced the immersive design of the Odyssey Ark.
Another popular standout of Samsung Electronics’ booth was the Samsung Gaming Hub,1 an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform. This enables users with a Samsung TV or Odyssey lineup product that supports Samsung Gaming Hub — and a controller compatible with the gaming hub — to enjoy games with no downloads or storage space requirements.
After experiencing the Samsung Gaming Hub, visitors left with the feeling that “it is convenient because you do not need a separate device such as a console or PC, and you can start the game immediately after setting up Bluetooth if you have a controller,” which is ideal for easy game preparation.
▲ Visitors at the Samsung booth experienced cloud games firsthand through Samsung Gaming Hub, using Neo QLED (QN95B), Odyssey Ark, Odyssey G7 (G70B) and Odyssey G6 (G65B).
Putting Odyssey Citizens to the Test With a “This or That” Question Game and “Odyssey Lineup Quiz”
To get to know the gaming styles of Gamescom goers, Samsung asked a series of questions in a game of “This or That.” The questions prompted gamers to choose the first or second option for topics including “I play on PC vs. I play on console” and “game devices matter vs. game skills matter.” The most interesting finding from the game is that many gamers tend to multitask. In other words, they like to watch a video or listen to music while playing a game. This shows multitasking is emerging as a new trend as gamers play a variety of games at once or play a game while searching online for a walkthrough.
For a fun, interactive activity, Samsung engaged visitors in a quiz about the Odyssey lineup, giving prizes to those who guessed the most answers correctly. Questions included, “How many speakers and woofers are mounted on the Odyssey Ark?” Samsung knowledge pros won a prize for answering four speakers and two woofers.
▲ Gamers exploring the Odyssey City share their thoughts on the Odyssey Ark.
Get in the Game: Competitive Tournaments, 5 vs. 5 Battles and Talk Shows
Daily gaming tournaments were held during the exhibition in the Tournament Zone, featuring the Odyssey G4. All three days, there was a long line of gamers waiting to experience the outstanding performance of the Odyssey G4 up close and personal, which received rave reviews from critics.
▲ Spectators enjoy a game in the Tournament Zone where the Odyssey G4 is installed — competing against fellow visitors.
On the main stage, a five vs. five League of Legends (LoL) match was held with Odyssey Neo G8, where famous global game influencers and visitors participated. The match provided an opportunity to check out the superior performance of the Odyssey Neo G8, which supports 4K picture quality and a refresh rate of 240Hz. The 5v5 battle was broadcast in real time through large signage in the booth, and the audience joined in the fun by cheering on the gamers playing live.
▲ On the main stage, famous game influencers played League of Legends on the Odyssey Neo G8 while spectators watched intently.
▲ Throughout the exhibition, various programs were held for everyone to enjoy, such as game-related talk shows hosted by global game influencers and photo ops with audience members.
In addition to experiencing the new Samsung Odyssey lineup while exploring the Odyssey City, visitors to the Samsung booth got to enjoy live gaming matches and talk shows with global gaming influencers, including Maxim, Just Johnny, Sola and Tolkin. Overall, Gamescom goers who visited the Samsung Odyssey City enjoyed a unique and immersive experience and were delighted to see firsthand the next era of gaming powered by the new Odyssey lineup.
1 Samsung Gaming Hub is available in the following countries/regions: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Korea and Brazil. Service availability for partners may vary by region.
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Samsung Electronics will unveil the Odyssey OLED G8 (Model Name: G85SB) — another premium addition to the Odyssey lineup — at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany, further reinforcing the Odyssey’s industry-leading position. The Odyssey OLED G8 is the company’s first OLED gaming monitor and will be available in an ultra-thin, 34-inch form factor, delivering brilliant brightness on an OLED panel partnered with Quantum Dot Technology and packed full of premium gaming features including an incredibly low 0.1ms response time and 175Hz refresh rate.
The new 34-inch Odyssey OLED G8 is built to an ultra-slim thickness of 3.9mm at its thinnest part — the slimmest in its product category — and finished with a sleek, metal frame. The monitor requires no backlighting, while delivering true RGB and true black for maximum color accuracy and brightness — all without a color filter. The lighting is controlled in pixels which can be expressed in black with a near-infinite contrast ratio.
The ultra-wide, QHD resolution (3,440 x 1,440) gaming monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio with 100% color volume and DCI-99.3% color gamut for incredible visuals regardless of the game being played. This is enhanced by a million-to-one static contrast ratio to bring out the most subtle details for enhanced immersion and 1800R curvature for the perfect playing view.
The Odyssey OLED G8 is packed with gaming features to give any player a competitive edge. First, the OLED monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black Certified, ensuring content will appear vivid and life-like with accurate color and contrast reproduction. In addition to the rapid response time and refresh rate of the Odyssey OLED G8, which gives gamers lightning-quick response capabilities and real-world accuracy in a range of gaming environments, the monitor is further enhanced by AMD FreeSync Premium for smooth gameplay.
The Odyssey OLED G8 also enables users to experience the best of gaming, entertainment and lifestyle features all in one place. The display operates as a complete entertainment hub with the ability to stream content through Samsung’s Smart Hub, giving access to the latest shows on Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube and other leading OTT (over-the-top) service providers, even without a connection to a PC or mobile device. In addition, users can enjoy free live content without the need for downloads or sign-ups, made possible by Samsung TV Plus.
The integrated IoT hub allows the users to check all the IoT devices wirelessly connected to the monitor, while the SmartThings app allows users to monitor IoT devices throughout the house with ease. The app’s intuitive control panel can help monitor and adjust settings such as temperature and humidity.
Samsung Gaming Hub1 — an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform — is built into the Odyssey OLED G8. Players can discover and play games from partners such as Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna (U.S. Only), with instant access to top streaming services. This capability is powered by Samsung’s advanced game streaming technology for smooth visuals and responsive gameplay, all with no downloads or storage space requirements.
The Odyssey OLED G8 also gives users comfort as they play their favorite games. A Height Adjustable Stand (HAS), as well as Tilt functionality, provides ergonomic efficiency which means any gamer can find the perfect position regardless of what they are playing, whether it be a racing game or an open world fantasy adventure.
For further visual immersion, the display is equipped with the Odyssey portfolio’s well-known CoreSync & Core Lighting+ which has been upgraded for the Odyssey OLED G8. Found on the rear of the monitor, this advanced lighting technology matches the colors on-screen, bringing content to life with bright and vivid colors that create more memorable, immersive experiences. Moreover, the Odyssey OLED G8 is equipped with Micro HDMI (2.1), Mini DP (1.4) and USB-C ports for versatile connectivity, in addition to a 5W stereo speaker for crisp sound.
The Odyssey OLED G8 will be available globally from Q4 2022, with launch schedules varying by region.
1 Samsung Gaming Hub only available in select countries: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, U.S. and U.K.
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