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[Interview] Game Changers on Screen: T1 Esports Stars Break Down the Behind-the-Scenes of Their Odyssey Brand FilmsBy Samsung Newsroom
Gaming monitors are one of the most powerful tools for esports players, especially when it comes to notching up the gaming experience through wider viewing angles and faster refresh rates.
This year marks the third anniversary of the partnership between Samsung Electronics and T1, a South Korean esports team with a series of championship wins under its belt. Since 2020, Samsung has been providing T1 with Odyssey gaming monitors to showcase the company’s cutting-edge technology to gamers and audiences alike.
▲ The Odyssey Neo G9 57” (G95NC) and T1 team (from left: ‘Keria’, ‘Gumayusi’, ‘Faker’, ‘Oner,’ and ‘Zeus’)
To celebrate the release of the 2023 gaming monitor lineup, Samsung unveiled a series of three brand videos featuring the 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9, the 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9 (G95SC) and the upgraded 55-inch Odyssey Ark (G97NC). These films were produced by renowned South Korean director Yunsung Kang — most known for “The Outlaws” (2017), “Long Live the King” (2019) and “Big Bet” (2022). In a modern-meets-medieval battle adventure, viewers can follow the T1 team and watch how Samsung gaming monitors play a shocking twist. Samsung Newsroom sat down with Director Yunsung Kang and T1 members ‘Keria’, ‘Gumayusi’, ‘Faker’, ‘Oner’ and ‘Zeus’ to learn more about their behind-the-scenes experience.
▲ ‘Faker’ experiences the Odyssey Neo G9 57”.
Q. What are your thoughts on the new Odyssey models?
‘Faker’: The Odyssey monitors just keep getting better. The new 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 is truly impressive with its massive screen that commands attention. I didn’t realize its size from a distance, but I fully grasped its scale when I got closer. The Odyssey Neo G9 is the ideal choice for those who prefer a larger monitor.
‘Oner’: The Odyssey OLED G9 is so large that it almost resembles a TV, rather than a typical monitor. This could also be useful when watching videos.
‘Zeus’: All of the monitors boast huge dimensions. The ultra-wide screen helps me play League of Legends strategically, offering a wide view of the map and an incredibly immersive gaming experience.
▲ ‘Faker’ and ‘Oner’ from T1 practice gaming on the Odyssey OLED G9.
▲ (From left) ‘Gumayusi’ and ‘Keria’ from T1 try out Multi View on the 2023 Odyssey Ark.
Q. As a gamer, what is your top priority when choosing a monitor?
‘Faker’: Most gamers value response time and refresh rate. I prefer a monitor with a fast response time to minimize ghosting.
‘Oner’: Refresh rate is the most important factor for me. I always check whether a monitor supports a 240Hz refresh rate.
‘Keria’: Although I use a monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, monitors with 144Hz or higher refresh rates are sufficient for most users.
‘Gumayusi’: Unlike some gamers, I’m not very sensitive to monitor specifications. However, since I’m used to high refresh rates, switching to low-quality specs could hinder my skills. I want to focus solely on the game itself.
‘Zeus’: I agree with ‘Oner’ — refresh rate is crucial for me too. I used to have a monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate, but the gaming experience was so much smoother once I switched to one with a higher refresh rate. I can’t imagine going back to a low-refresh rate monitor now.
Yoonsung Kang, the director behind the 2021 Odyssey Neo G9 brand film, has returned to work on the 2023 Odyssey brand films.
▲ Yoonsung Kang has directed many Odyssey brand films.
Q. What was your main objective when planning this Odyssey brand film?
Yoonsung Kang: My top priority for this project was to focus on the monitors’ immense size. As such, I planned a concept around a large-scale medieval battle to effectively showcase the Odyssey’s advantages.
Q. Can you share some of the highlights from this brand film?
Kang: One of the standout moments in these videos is the unexpected plot twist. The story follows the T1 team changing the course of a battle — then, a twist unfolds. Just when the members believe they won the battle, ‘Faker’ expands the screen to reveal more enemies approaching from both sides. It’s a plot twist that’s bound to captivate viewers.
▲ Excerpts from the Odyssey brand film starring the T1 team, with ‘Faker’ shown on the right
▲ ‘Faker’ from T1 on the production site for the new Odyssey brand film.
▲ ‘Zeus’ (left) and ‘Oner’ (right) from T1 show off the choreography used in the brand film.
▲ ‘Gumayusi’ (left) and ‘Keria’ (right) participate in the Odyssey brand filming.
▲ The T1 members learn choreography during filming.
Q. What was it like to step away from your usual game matches and daily training to participate in this brand film?
‘Oner’, ‘Zeus’ and ‘Keria’: We were truly impressed that the choreography incorporated our signature poses. While we were worried at first — we’re not dancers — the choreographer’s detailed directions helped us finish the project successfully. I hope our fans enjoy the videos.
‘Faker’: All in all, it was a new and refreshing experience. I’ve been on TV shows with numerous cameras before, but this was my first time dancing. I felt a bit awkward yet excited at the same time.
▲ The Odyssey Neo G9 57” and T1 members (from left: ‘Keria’, ‘Gumayusi’, ‘Faker’, ‘Oner’ and ‘Zeus’)
Q. Out of the Odyssey monitors you’ve had the chance to try out, which one is your favorite?
‘Faker’: My favorite is the 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9. I like its fast response time and sleek metal design on the back.
‘Zeus’: The 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9 is my top pick as well. The Infinity Core lighting displays mesmerizing rainbow colors, and the metal design gives the monitor a chic vibe.
‘Keria’: For me, the 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 is the most appealing — the white and glossy back cover feels luxurious.
‘Gumayusi’: I’ve already used the Odyssey Ark at T1 HQ’s lounge and enjoyed the Multi View feature since I like to play multiple games simultaneously. Because I prefer large screens, my top choice is the 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9.
‘Oner’: It’s honestly difficult to pick just one. The new Odyssey models are amazing with their large screens and wide displays. I like them all.
Watch the T1 team in action and experience the latest lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors in the brand film below.
▲ Odyssey x T1: Bring all you’ve got with Odyssey Ark
▲ Odyssey x T1: Be unstoppable with the Odyssey Neo G9 | Samsung
▲ Odyssey x T1: Fear nothing with the Odyssey OLED G9 | Samsung
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By Samsung Newsroom
Under the theme “Connection That Matters,” Samsung Electronics highlighted its latest devices, innovations, platforms and sustainability efforts at this year’s IFA — Europe’s largest consumer trade show held in Berlin, Germany.
From September 1 to 5, visitors to Samsung’s booth can discover brand-new connected experiences powered by SmartThings and explore how the company combines innovation with eco-conscious initiatives to build a brighter future for all.
Samsung Newsroom invites those who can’t attend in person to take a virtual tour of the company’s booth through the photos below.
▲ Using the 787-inch The Wall as a media facade, Samsung unveiled innovative products and sustainable smart home solutions.
1. Sustainability Today for a Brighter Tomorrow
At the Sustainability Zone, visitors can discover Net Zero Home, an eco-conscious future residence, and learn about Samsung’s environmental efforts and technologies for future generations — including company-developed recyclable materials such as “r-ABS” and the environmental impact of energy usage at home through Carbon Intensity Insight.
In September 2022, Samsung announced its new environmental strategy and committed to achieving company-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 and joining efforts to tackle climate change. To that end, the company has reduced carbon emissions by more than 900,000 tons and increased the use of renewable plastics by threefold compared to 2021.
▲ Following the announcement of Samsung’s new environmental strategy, the Circular Economy Lab was established to foster a resource circulation ecosystem and develop recyclable materials, such as “r-ABS.” Samsung introduces a roadmap for its plans to use recycled materials in its products.
▲ Visitors immerse themselves in Samsung’s sustainability initiatives, such as the use of discarded fishing nets and eco-conscious packaging.
2. Streamline Your Daily Routine With SmartThings
Samsung showcases SmartThings, the company’s expansive and fully integrated home ecosystem. In particular, this section of the booth highlights how third-party devices with Matter or HCA support can be seamlessly connected to the advanced multi-device connectivity platform.
▲ SmartThings continues to expand service and usability for third-party devices that support the Matter protocol and HCA standards. Samsung has recently collaborated with 26 European companies to deliver better connected experiences to users.
3. Enriching Your Daily Life With Bespoke Home
At the Bespoke Life booth, Samsung showcases sustainable and intelligent home appliances with unique personalization options. What’s more, visitors can get hands-on experience with Samsung’s latest home appliances such as the BESPOKE AI Washer & Dryer, Bespoke Jet AI and Bespoke Oven.
▲ Visitors learn about Samsung Food at Samsung’s booth.
▲ Booth visitors experience Samsung’s latest All-in-One Washer & Dryer.
▲ Visitors test Bespoke Jet AI, the world’s first UL-verified AI cordless stick vacuum cleaner.
4. Vivid and Bright Experiences on Display
Samsung’s booth features the Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor and 98-inch ultra-large TV lineup — highlighting cutting-edge MICRO LED technology that offers lifelike picture quality. In addition, Samsung Gaming Hub opens the door to cloud gaming while the Freestyle 2nd Gen portable projector demonstrates new ways to entertain with a 21:9 screen ratio for a full cinematic experience.
▲ (From left) The 98″ Big Screen Zone showcases three 98-inch TV models that deliver high-quality resolution through ultra-large screens. Visitors try out Samsung’s latest gaming monitor, the Odyssey Neo G9.
▲ Visitors explore The Frame-Disney100 Edition which includes 100 pieces of Disney artwork.
▲ (From left) The Freestyle 2nd Gen portable projector supports Smart Edge Blending where two devices can be paired to offer users a 160” panoramic viewing experience and now also enables access to Samsung Gaming Hub.
5. Unfold the Latest Mobile Innovations With the Galaxy Z Series
Visitors at Samsung’s booth can experience the flip side with the latest mobile device lineup unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked this past July — the Galaxy Z Flip5, Z Fold5, Watch6 series and Tab S9 series.
▲ The recently released Galaxy Z Flip5 and Z Fold5 on display
Beyond leading technological innovation, Samsung aims to connect people with each other and the world around them through its products. The company looks forward to the future — eager to reduce its environmental impact, enhance the lives of consumers and discover new possibilities for a better world.
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Gaming Fans Experience a Whole New Level of Immersion With the Latest Odyssey Line-Up at Gamescom 2023By Samsung Newsroom
Gamescom 2023 celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, from August 23 to 27 in Cologne, Germany. The world’s largest gaming event brought together more than 1,320 game, hardware, and software companies from 63 countries, filling an exhibition space of 230,000㎡ and uniting gaming fans from all over the world.
Samsung Electronics welcomed gamers to its largest Gamescom booth ever, measuring 752 square meters.
▲ The Samsung Booth at Gamescom 2023 was filled with visitors throughout the entire show
At the booth, Samsung showed off its vision for the future of gaming, which includes the upgraded Odyssey gaming monitor lineup. From gaming monitors to gaming TVs with Samsung Gaming Hub, as well as mobile and storage technologies on display, Samsung demonstrated its commitment to the gaming community.
Unveiling the World’s First Dual UHD monitor, the Odyssey Neo G9
On the first day of Gamescom 2023, Samsung hosted a keynote presentation, with key partners including AMD and Pearl Abyss, to introduce the remarkable capabilities of the new 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 (G95NC), which was fully unveiled at Gamescom.
▲ Director of Europe Display Marketing for Samsung Electronics Ben Holmes gives the Samsung keynote speech
In the keynote, Ben Holmes, Director of Europe Display Marketing for Samsung Electronics showcased the ambition of the Odyssey Neo G9, which is to bring gamers together through immersive gaming experiences. “It’s our most immersive monitor ever, for the gamers who want to get lost in the ultimate experience,” he said.
▲ (From left) AMD Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions and Gaming Marketing Frank Azor and Pearl Abyss Head of Marketing & PR Rick van Beem during the Samsung Electronics keynote
Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions and Gaming Marketing, AMD, shared what it means to collaborate with Samsung, saying, “With the Odyssey Neo G9, Samsung came to us with a challenge of powering this incredible-looking display with the graphics horsepower and the bandwidth necessary to be able to let it do what it was designed to do: deliver the most immersive graphics and gaming experiences possible.”
Next up was Rick van Beem, Head of Marketing & PR at Pearl Abyss. With their globally successful MMORPG, Black Desert Online, he explained how Samsung monitors make the most out of the game. “We partnered with Samsung because we believe that the 32:9 display format offered by Samsung’s displays is an ideal way to play Black Desert Online.”
The newest entry in the Odyssey lineup, the Odyssey Neo G9 was designed to look spectacular and to support the connectivity needs of gamers. In addition to HDMI 2.1, the Odyssey Neo G9 supports the VESA-certified DP (Display Port) 2.1 connectivity. The Dual UHD and a high refresh rate of 240Hz will provide gamers with an optimal gaming experience for high-performance games.1
Bringing the Excitement to Samsung’s Largest-Ever Gamescom Presence
At Samsung’s booth, fans could experience this year’s new products hands-on, including the brand new 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 (G95NC), the upgraded Odyssey Ark (G97NC), and the 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9 (G95SC), all in one place.
▲ Gamers from all over the world visited the Odyssey Gaming Zone. Through a collaboration with Pearl Abyss, Samsung Electronics provided a unique play experience of Black Desert Online on the Odyssey Neo G9.
The booth was packed with gamers from all over the world, who flocked to experience the incredibly large screen and image quality of the 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9, which was fully unveiled for the first time in person at Gamescom.
“The screen is so big that I have no problem streaming and gaming at the same time,” said one streamer who tried out the Odyssey Neo G9. Another visitor to the booth said, “It wraps around me and makes me feel like I’m inside the game.”
▲ (Left) The screen Odyssey Ark allows for 4 inputs on screen at once with the new Multi View. (Right) A group of visitors test out the Odyssey OLED G9.
The upgraded Odyssey Ark debuted at Gamescom with significant enhancements to connectivity and convenience. The new Multi View lets users see input from up to 4 devices at once,2 and make the most out of the Odyssey Ark’s large screen.
A visitor who experienced the Odyssey Ark commented, “It’s nice to be able to see a variety of things on one screen while working. I can use this instead of multiple screens.” In addition, the Odyssey OLED G9 impressed visitors at the booth. “The colors were amazing and vibrant,” commented one gamer. “It looked really good!”
Seamless Gaming Across Multiple Amazing Displays
▲ (Left) A group enjoys playing Xbox games on the Samsung Neo QLED 4K. (Right) A visitor in the Mobile Gaming Zone plays “Warcraft Rumble” on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Driven by partnerships with gaming companies, the Samsung booth was full of gaming monitors with industry-leading specifications, gaming TVs, Samsung Gaming Hub, and mobile devices to allow visitors to experience a wide range of games on their preferred gaming screen.
As part of this partnership, in the keynote’s last session, Mike Lucero, Head of North America Gaming Service for Samsung Electronics announced that Bethesda Game Studios’ much-anticipated open-world space adventure “Starfield” will be available through the Samsung Gaming Hub, with an Xbox Game Pass subscription from September.
▲ (Left) A family enjoys playing Xbox games on the Neo QLED 8K. (Right) Samsung Gaming Hub zone offered an arcade-like concept where you could play games
Samsung Gaming Hub3 is also highly popular among console gamers, as it allows them to enjoy a variety of game titles from partners like Xbox and NVIDIA GeForce NOW without connecting consoles. Families with children could be seen having fun in the Samsung Gaming Hub zone, which is organized to play games on the TV like an arcade.
A gamer who visited with his children said that the Samsung Gaming Hub “looks just as good as if I was playing directly on [a gaming console].”
On the main stage, Samsung continuously hosted events and programs with popular streamers and eSports teams. Fun competitions with today’s most popular games and exciting conversations kept the attention of booth visitors through the entire show. The world’s first 240Hz 4K gaming monitor, the Odyssey Neo G8 32” was able to fully express the colorful graphics and fast pace of games like Overwatch 2.
▲ A thrilling racing challenge unfolded from the racing zone.
A “Racing Challenge” was held in the Gaming TV zone with 98-inch QLED Q80C. Fans could race using a steering gear and a high-definition Gaming TV, for life-like high-octane, thrilling matches.
Bringing the Hottest Games to Life With New Technology
▲ Gamers in costume take photos at the Samsung Electronics booth.
At Gamescom 2023, Samsung Electronics announced a partnership with NEXON to adopt HDR10+ GAMING technology, a high-definition video standard for gaming. The world’s first HDR10+ GAMING title, “The First Descendant” developed by NEXON will provide gamers with the ultimate HDR game experience through deeper color, contrast and brightness.
And Samsung was proud to show how a premiere gaming screen can bring games like Black Desert Online from Pearl Abyss studio.
▲ Visitors filled the Samsung Electronics booth. There has been a lot of interest every day to experience various gaming monitors in Samsung’s largest Gamescom booth ever.
At Gamescom 2023, Samsung Electronics showcased gaming solutions optimized for the increasingly diverse game genres and tastes of global gamers, and a connected gaming experience that brings the gaming community together with leading technology. Samsung Electronics is envisioning a different future for the gaming ecosystem and bringing that vision to life at Gamescom.
1 Dual UHD 240Hz is supported only by graphics cards that support Display Port 2.1 (UHBR 13.5) or HDMI 2.1 (FRL 6). Support and actual refresh rate may vary by graphics card.
2 Up to 3 inputs and 3 screens in vertical Cockpit Mode.
3 Samsung Gaming Hub availability and support vary by region and monitor and TV lineup. Service and content availability may vary by region and partners.
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By Samsung Newsroom
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 (G95NC) was awarded the CES 2023 Best of Innovation Award and has continued gaining attention from the gaming world ever since. Samsung Electronics announced the global availability of the product at Gamescom 2023, Europe’s leading trade fair for digital games culture.
The 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 is the world’s first monitor to support dual UHD resolution (7,680 x 2,160) and is as large as two 32-inch UHD monitors side-by-side. It also features a VESA-certified DP (Display Port) 2.1 which facilitates smooth gaming and efficient video with fast, vivid gameplay.
Take a look at the Odyssey Neo G9’s key specifications — including the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification, high refresh rate and fast response speed — in the graphic below.
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