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Samsung Gaming Hub Portfolio Expands to Nearly 3,000 Games With Launch of Antstream Arcade and BlacknutBy STF News
Select Samsung Smart TV and Smart Monitor owners will now gain access to nearly 3,000 games as Antstream Arcade and Blacknut have been added to the Samsung Gaming Hub partner lineup, with the rollout starting today. Samsung makes it easy for players of all ages to find content and choose apps from industry-leading game streaming partners: Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Amazon Luna, Utomik, and now over 1,400 games with arcade classics from Antstream Arcade, and over 500 premium family titles and exclusive games from Blacknut.1
“Samsung Gaming Hub offers players more ways to access the titles they love and discover new ones to play from our game streaming partners, no console required,” said Mike Lucero, Head of Product Management for Gaming at Samsung Electronics. “With Antstream Arcade and Blacknut, we’ve made games even easier to jump into. Now all you need to do is pick up your Samsung TV remote to enjoy great games like ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, or pair your Bluetooth controller to access thousands of world-class games across genres. With more games and more ways to play, there has never been a better time to play games on Samsung Gaming Hub.”
Antstream Arcade is the world’s largest cloud retro gaming service that provides players access to over 1,400 classic games and 500 mini-challenges. Play classic arcade games like “Galaga,” “Dig Dug” and “Double Dragon” through your Samsung Smart TV or Monitor via the Samsung Gaming Hub.
Antstream Arcade is currently offering 12 months of access to the platform for $12 (or £12 or €12 depending on the region), a significant discount to play the platform’s extensive catalog of retro games.
“Antstream Arcade delivers the best retro arcade video game streaming experience, and we’re proud to align with strong partners like Samsung Gaming Hub that can help us reach more players,” said Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream Arcade. “We’ve experienced firsthand the excitement people have playing the games of their youth and sharing those games with the next generation of gamers.”
In celebration of the launch, Antstream will be running a Samsung global tournament on the classic platformer spin master for a chance to win a lifetime subscription of Antstream and enter a prize draw to win one of three annual subscriptions. Anyone can enter the tournament at antstream.com.
Blacknut is an online video game streaming service that offers instant access to hundreds of games. With a monthly subscription, players can choose from more than 500 premium games for the whole family, five simultaneously accessible player profiles and a game library available on a variety of screens.
Curated and equipped with optional parental controls, the Blacknut gaming catalog also offers a wide range of options for younger users. A separate pin-protected profile allows junior gamers to delight in options such as Outright Games’ great adventures based on the most beloved children’s TV Shows including “PAW Patrol”2 and the “Gigantosaurus” series.
Exclusively for Samsung consumers, thanks to its incorporation into the Samsung Gaming Hub, Blacknut will offer new users a 15-day free trial3 to explore the catalog and play any of its 500+ premium video games on select 2022 and 2023 Samsung TVs.
“Blacknut is thrilled to partner with Samsung Gaming Hub and introduce our catalog to the popular game streaming platform,” said Nabil Laredj, VP, Business Development & Licensing at Blacknut. “With over 500 games and options for everyone, we are excited to be able to bring cloud gaming to the whole family in a whole new way.”
Samsung Gaming Hub returns to Summer Game Fest in Los Angeles next week with more games, more screens and more ways to pick up and play than ever before — giving players a wider variety of choices in how they want to play. Antstream Arcade and Blacknut will be featured at the Samsung Gaming Hub booth, alongside Samsung Gaming Hub game streaming partners Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Amazon Luna and Utomik.
1 Service availability for partners may vary by region. Antstream and Blacknut will be available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil.
2 PAW Patrol and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Spin Master Ltd.) Nickelodeon and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. — GIGANTOSAURUS TV SERIES. © CYBER GROUP STUDIOS. All trademarks and copyrights are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
3 Until August 30, 2023, only available for new subscribers to Blacknut joining on the Samsung Gaming Hub.
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By STF News
A bigger TV screen is generally speaking a good thing. Over time, larger TVs have not only become more accessible but increasingly popular among consumers. They enable viewers to fully immerse themselves in the content they’re watching, as advancements in film technology now allow our favorite stories to come to life on the screen in more realistic ways.
However, simply having a larger screen does not always result in a hyper-realistic viewing experience. As we enter the era of ultra-large TVs, Samsung Electronics has been upgrading its screen technology to provide the best in-home entertainment. To learn more about these changes, Samsung Newsroom is exploring three key features that make the large-screen experience truly exceptional.
8K Resolution: The Key to Unlocking the Full Potential of Bigger TVs
While screen sizes may be getting bigger, this does not mean that picture quality is better by default. If the size of a TV screen was increased without considering the number of pixels, the resulting image would be blurry, low-resolution and, overall, much worse.
▲ If the number of pixels does not change, image quality becomes compromised as screens grow larger.
In order to improve picture quality, the space on a bigger screen must be filled with more pixels. As such, Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K has four times the number of pixels than 4K TVs. This means that even on ultra-large screens, Samsung’s Real 8K Resolution maintains premium picture quality with densely packed Mini LEDs and upgraded processing.
▲ The Neo QLED 8K offers four times as many pixels compared to the Neo QLED 4K.
While Samsung has been at the forefront of evolving screen trends by leading the era of ultra-large TVs, it has also been innovating the technologies that power them. The two driving forces that enhance picture quality for Samsung’s latest Neo QLED 8K are the Neural Quantum Processor 8K, which analyzes and optimizes content to make full use of the 33 million pixels, and Quantum Matrix Technology Pro, which leverages a plethora of technologies to offer precise control for each of the Mini LEDs.
Neural Quantum Processor 8K: Enhancing the Resolution, Color and Depth With 64 Neural Networks
While Samsung Neo QLED 8K TVs offer best-in-market picture quality, not all content is readily available in 8K. To ensure that every single detail springs to life on screen, Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K is powered by the state-of-the-art Neural Quantum Processor 8K to upscale lower-resolution content in real time. Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 8K uses 64 different neural networks to analyze video and optimize image quality. It is trained to recognize underlying patterns and relationships in pictures, transforming low-resolution images into high-resolution by comparing the original set of images to processed results in each neural network.
While higher resolution sources ultimately create better picture outputs, there may be sources that come in Standard Definition (SD or 480p), High Definition (HD or 720p) or Full High Definition (FHD or 1080p). With Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 8K, those shows and movies will be transformed into stunning 8K resolution to deliver the most immersive picture yet.
▲ Enjoy optimal picture quality no matter the source with Neural Quantum Processor 8K.
Samsung’s advanced processor also powers innovations such as Auto HDR Remastering, a feature that takes full advantage of the screen’s wide color gamut and incredible peak brightness. AI technology analyzes each scene to make it more colorful and vivid, bringing out the details in both bright and dark spots.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) video formats the display using a wider range of colors with brighter highlights when compared to Standard Dynamic Range content. This means that with Auto HDR Remastering — and the extraordinary contrast powered by Quantum Matrix Technology Pro with Quantum Dot technology — everything you watch is more compelling.
▲ HDR displays a wider range of colors with brighter highlights compared to SDR.
Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K also offers Real Depth Enhancer Pro. With upgraded AI deep learning, Real Depth Enhancer Pro pinpoints where the viewer is focusing on the screen and brings that object into the foreground. With figures on the screen separated from their background, you see a more three-dimensional looking image. Additionally, the Neural Quantum Processor provides a sense of depth paired with incredible levels of detail and vivid color reproduction, immersing you in whatever you choose to watch.
▲ Real Depth Enhancer Pro finds the point the viewer is focusing on and brings the object into the foreground.
Quantum Matrix Technology Pro: The Ultimate Precision With Quantum Mini LEDs and 14-bit Processing
Another critical piece of technology powering the Neo QLED 8K’s picture is Quantum Matrix Technology Pro, which uses Quantum Mini LEDs to dramatically enhance black levels and contrast with precise backlight control.
The Quantum Mini LED is 1/40 the size of a conventional LED. This makes for a screen that is more densely packed with LEDs, improving picture quality while maintaining the Neo QLED 8K TV’s vibrant colors and bright highlights.
▲ Precise backlight control with Quantum Matrix Technology Pro.
To provide the best image quality, 14-bit HDR processing allows for maximized contrast, expressing unimaginable levels of detail in both the brightest and darkest parts of the image. This ensures even the most subtle details are visible to users in every single scene.
Furthermore, Quantum Matrix Technology powers Samsung’s Shape Adaptive Light Control. This feature precisely adjusts backlighting to accommodate what’s on the screen, enhancing the clarity of everything you watch. Because the backlight control is so accurate, this prevents blooming — or when bright light from on-screen objects bleeds into surrounding darker areas. As a result, bright highlights stay bright and dark scenes stay dark with more details visible than ever before.
Expanding Consumers’ TV Usage
In a nutshell, 8K resolution densely fills the ultra-large screens while the Neural Quantum Processor 8K and Quantum Matrix Technology work together to create a picture that is cinematic in the truest sense. Sharp details, accurate colors, precise contrast and a realistic sense of depth allow the Neo QLED 8K to showcase stunning picture quality and captivate viewers everywhere.
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Samsung Opens Free-to-Play Gaming Zones in Collaboration With Xbox at Microsoft Experience Centers in London, New YorkBy STF News
Samsung Electronics introduced a new free-to-play “Gaming Zone” with Samsung screens in collaboration with Xbox at Microsoft Experience Centers (MEC) in London and New York.
In June of 2022, Microsoft’s Xbox joined Samsung Gaming Hub,1 the world’s first smart TV platform to include the Xbox App on Smart TVs.2 With this partnership, Samsung Gaming Hub users are now able to stream over 100 high-quality games through the Xbox App by subscribing to “Xbox Game Pass”.
▲ Visitors can play the Minecraft Legend at the Cloud Gaming Zone in London
To bring the experience to more gamers, Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Microsoft to introduce a dedicated space where gamers can play their favorite Xbox games on the Samsung Gaming Hub. Multiple Samsung Smart TVs and gaming monitors have been installed in the MEC to provide an exciting and unique gaming experience.
The Gaming Zone in both London and New York City across the Microsoft Experience Centers on Regent Street and Fifth Avenue, now have three dedicated gaming areas incorporating a wide range of Samsung gaming screens3 for everyone to enjoy — either as a seasoned gamer or those new to cloud gaming.
▲ The Living Room Zone in London features three 98-inch Neo QLED 4K HDR Smart TVs
The three gaming areas are:
Cloud Gaming Zone — featuring 55-inch Neo QLED Smart TVs for game streaming via the Samsung Gaming Hub. Visitors can instantly play the biggest games from Xbox and other top gaming partners with no downloads, storage limits or console required. Just switch on your TV and play. Living Room Zone — showcasing three 98-inch Neo QLED 4K HDR Smart TVs in London and an 85-inch Neo QLED 8K TV at the store entrance in New York. Tournament Zone — with 24-inch Odyssey G3 Gaming Monitors (London) and 27-inch Odyssey G5 Gaming Monitors (New York) that give gamers the option to play games on Xbox Game Pass or Xbox console, providing flexibility for all gamers.
Powered by Tizen, the Samsung Gaming Hub is an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform bridging hardware and software for a better player experience. Instantly play thousands of games from Xbox, Amazon Luna, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Utomik, with Antstream Arcade and Blacknut coming in 2023.4
The Samsung Gaming Hub is the new home for gaming and entertainment with Twitch, Spotify and YouTube Gaming integration that gives players easy access to enhance their experience. No storage limits, no downloads, no console or PC required — all players need is a Bluetooth-enabled gaming controller and an internet connection to start playing.
▲ Gamers can compete simultaneously at the Tournament Zone in London
“It is a great pleasure to work with Microsoft to deliver the impressive experience of Samsung Gaming Hub to global gamers,” said Sangsook Han, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Gaming Hub has been incorporated into Samsung Smart TVs and monitors demonstrating the evolution of the Samsung screen experience. Samsung will continue to advance this incredible service to attract global gamers by expanding its partnerships and innovative technology.”
From London to New York, Samsung Gaming Hub is inspiring and connecting global gamers in new and exciting ways. In its collaboration with partners such as Microsoft, Samsung Electronics is helping to create next-level gaming experiences by leveraging its advanced Smart TVs and monitors in Microsoft Experience Centers.
▲ Samsung Electronics introduced a new free-to-play “Gaming Zone” with Samsung screens in collaboration with Xbox at Microsoft Experience Centers (MEC) in London and New York
▲ Visitors can instantly play the biggest games from Xbox and other top gaming partners with no downloads, storage limits or console required
▲ Gamers at the Tournament Zone in London
1 Samsung Gaming Hub is only available in select countries: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, the U.S. and the U.K. In other European countries, cloud gaming apps can be downloaded from the TV App Store and accessed through the Samsung Smart Hub. Service and content availability may vary by region and partners.
2 As of 2023 new models, Samsung Gaming Hub is supported by Samsung Smart TV models above CU7000, Smart monitors and Odyssey gaming monitors with smart features.
3 Installation products in London MEC include three 98-type Neo QLED 4K (QN90A), six 55-type Neo QLED 4K (QN95B) and 12 24-type Odyssey G3 (G32A). Two additional Odyssey Ark will be installed within May. Installation products in New York City MEC include one 85-type Neo QLED 8K (QN800B), four 55-type Neo QLED 4K (QN85B) and 10 27-type Odyssey G5 (G55A).
4 Service availability for partners may vary by region. Service subscription can be required by partners.
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Exciting news for gamers across the globe: Samsung Electronics has opened Odyssey Universe, a new customized map created in Fortnite, one of the most popular TPS (Third-Person Shooter) games with millions of players worldwide.
The Odyssey Universe was inspired by the Samsung Odyssey monitor lineup, which takes gamers on a futuristic voyage with its unique identity and futuristic designs. Gamers can explore worlds in the Odyssey Universe, traveling in starlight and accomplishing missions in unique levels spread across the map.
Popular Streamers SypherPK and NickEH30 Introduce the Odyssey Universe
To celebrate the release of Odyssey Universe, Samsung invited world-famous streamers SypherPK and NickEH30 to explore the Odyssey Universe and interact with their fans worldwide.
“It was a great map with amazing detail. Every mini-game played well and was exciting. It was great playing with Nick Eh 30 as we have collaborated plenty of times before!” – SypherPK
“Playing the Odyssey Universe map with Sypher was so much fun! I have a Samsung Odyssey monitor, so seeing it in person and then in-game, recreated perfectly, was very cool! Sypher and I just finished and I already want to jump back into the map and play again to beat my scores!” – NickEH30
▲ SypherPK and NickEH30 helped debut the Odyssey Universe on Twitch during an unforgettable stream
Exploring the Odyssey Universe, Discovering Industry-Leading Features
The first thing that gamers encounter in Odyssey Universe is a huge lobby. Five separate worlds are available from the lobby, each with a separate mission available. These worlds — Levels Ark, G9, G8, G7 and G6 — are inspired by and named after the Odyssey gaming lineup.
▲ Gamers begin in the lobby when they enter Fortnite’s Odyssey Universe map. Five worlds inspired by Odyssey monitors beckon.
Let’s take a look at Level Ark. Level Ark offers a mission to escape from a maze by answering Odyssey-based questions. In order to unlock different pathways, players will have to use all the knowledge they have about Odyssey monitors.
▲ Odyssey Universe Level Ark. Gamers can escape from the maze only when they solve all the clues about the Odyssey series.
Level G9 was inspired by the Odyssey Neo G9, an extremely large display that looks and feels like two monitors combined into one. In Level G9, gamers have to get a golf ball to land in the hole — which might sound easier than it is. An ultrawide 49-inch monitor like the Neo G9’s will help them smoothly complete the mission without too much stress.
▲ Odyssey Universe Level G9. Gamers are invited to test their mini-golf skills
Level G8 features a racing track with plenty of curves, representing the curvature of the Odyssey Neo G8 (1000R) and Odyssey OLED G8 (1800R). Racing along the track opens new views of a vast 360° universe for an overwhelmingly immersive experience. Level G8 will provide a challenge, since it has two objectives: a time trial race and counting the number of monitors that appear next to the track while players race by.
▲ Odyssey Universe Level G8. A racing track with continuous curves makes gameplay more thrilling.
To highlight a refresh rate that is essential for gaming monitors, Level G7 was designed as a shooting range. Gamers need to hit all their targets in a limited time, made easier with a refresh rate of up to 240Hz available on the high-end Odyssey monitors.
And at Level G6, gamers need to collect tokens within an overwhelmingly huge shopping mall in a limited time. Gamers will see Odyssey gaming monitors in the stores and come across all the Samsung Odyssey monitors as they hunt their objectives.
For gamers whose blood starts pumping at the thought of a thrilling experience created in Fortnite, Samsung Electronics has prepared a “scavenger hunt” event for gamers to dive into. By following SypherPK and NichEH30 on social media to get clues, players can explore the Odyssey Universe map to find hidden answers in each of the worlds. By submitting answers at the Odyssey Universe event website, they’ll be eligible to enter sweepstakes for Odyssey gaming monitors. Winners will be announced on the Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel on March 30 at 7 p.m. (EST).
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Samsung Electronics Opens the Odyssey Universe, a New In-Game Experience Inspired by the Odyssey Monitor LineupBy STF News
Samsung Electronics has announced the release of the Odyssey Universe, a new customized map created for gamers to experience in Fortnite,1 based on the premium Odyssey series of monitors from Samsung.
The Odyssey Universe is a new in-game experience expressing how the industry-leading Samsung Odyssey monitor lineup helps gamers deliver on the promise of next-generation games.
“We are happy to introduce the Odyssey’s own customized gaming experience along with fun in one of the most popular game around the world.” said Hoon Chung, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to introduce the industry-leading Odyssey lineup and raise the awareness of our gaming monitors by providing new, exciting experiences and events.”
The Odyssey Universe features each space inspired by the main product name of the Odyssey lineup. The permanent new map is divided into 5 spaces, each of them inspired by and representing an industry-leading entry in the Odyssey monitor lineup. It ranges from the Level Ark, which is derived from the “Odyssey Ark” providing a new frontier of immersion with the 55-inch large screen, to Level G9∙G8∙G7∙G6 in line with products such as Odyssey Neo G9 and G8. Each space will have its own mission for players to clear, with a variety of objectives and rewards during gameplay.
Tune Into the Debut of the Odyssey Universe on Twitch
Kicking off the release of Odyssey Universe, gamers can tune into some of their favorite streamers to see the maps in action on the official Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel with following streamers:
SypherPK (634.6M followers) NickEh30 (435.5M followers) Date: March 23 at 2PM (EST)
The streamers will show off the new map’s exciting gameplay, fill in viewers on how they can explore the map themselves and how they can get exclusive deals on Odyssey monitors.
Join in the Odyssey Universe Scavenger Hunt
The fun doesn’t end even after the stream ends. Until March 29, players have an extra reason to jump into the Odyssey Universe beyond the map’s thrilling gameplay. Players can participate in the “Scavenger Hunt” event to explore the Odyssey Universe map and find hidden answers in each of the spaces. Once gamers figure out the answers, they can submit them at the Odyssey Universe event website to be eligible to enter into a sweepstakes. The winners of the sweepstakes will receive Odyssey gaming monitors and will be announced on the Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel on March 30 at 7PM (EST).
Gamers can get ready for the launch of Odyssey Universe by visiting the website to get the latest information and find details on the “Scavenger Hunt”.
1 This is an independently created Fortnite Creative experience and is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Epic Games, Inc.
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