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
Samsung Electronics, a global leader in the visual display industry, today announced the future of gaming monitors with the newest entries in its Odyssey monitor series: the Odyssey Neo G9 57″ (G95NC model) and the Odyssey Ark 55″ (G97NC model). The gaming monitors are on display at Gamescom 2023 — the world’s largest event for computer and video games, held from August 23 to 27 in Cologne, Germany — and the Odyssey Neo G9 57″ can now be pre-ordered globally.
“The world of gaming is constantly evolving, and our latest monitor technology is crucial for gamers to open new doors to adventure and perform their best. Samsung’s monitor leadership is further boosted by our newest Odyssey monitors, which unlock the ultimate level of immersion and create new experiences for gamers worldwide,” said Hoon Chung, EVP of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Gamescom is where the future of gaming is built. We can’t imagine a better place to showcase the future of monitors.”
Odyssey Neo G9 57” Offers Gamers Next-Level Immersion and Specifications
The Odyssey Neo G9 57″ (G95NC model) is designed to deliver groundbreaking visual experiences for gamers looking to enhance performance and sharpen their competitive edge. With the world’s first Dual Ultra-High-Definition (DUHD) screen and a suite of high-speed connectivity options, the Odyssey Neo G9 57″ already earned a Best of Innovation Award at CES 2023.
The 1000R curvature in the 57″ 32:9 screen is as wide as two 32” UHD monitors, wrapping around users with pin-sharp images and a wide field of view, immersing them in their games like never before.
Quantum Matrix Technology powers Samsung’s Quantum Mini LED lighting in the screen, which offers smaller, more discrete dimming zones. The result is a better distinction between light and dark areas of the screen, with sharp contrast and less blooming.
The Odyssey Neo G9 57” makes the most out of its Quantum Mini LED lighting by combining it with VESA DisplayHDR1000. With 1,000 nit peak brightness, HDR content appears vivid and life-like, with accurate color and contrast reproduction, as well as enhanced color expression and depth.
The gaming performance matches the level of visual quality to help gamers meet their full potential. The 240 hertz (Hz) refresh rate and 1ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time1 deliver less blur and minimized ghosting, allowing gamers to react instantly and seal victory while enjoying a smooth gaming experience and exhilarating gameplay. Plus, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro syncs the screen for a stable, lag-free picture.
The Odyssey Neo G9 57” offers VESA-certified DisplayPort (DP) 2.1 connectivity, which facilitates smooth gaming, efficient video playback and the Neo G9’s DUHD resolution up to 240Hz.2 In addition to DP2.1, the Odyssey Neo G9 57” also offers HDMI 2.1 and a USB hub, so gamers can hook up all their devices and elevate their game with less mess.
“By bringing DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity to their premium gaming monitor, Samsung is opening new doors for gamers,” said Scott Herkelman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “More bandwidth, higher speeds and faster refresh rates provide new levels of performance and visual fidelity in games, and together the new Samsung displays and Radeon RX 7000 Series graphics cards will deliver the most vivid and immersive gaming experiences yet.”
With such a wide, high-definition screen and a generation-defining new input, gamers can use the Odyssey Neo G9 57” in place of multiple monitors, keeping their desk clean from clutter, while creating a comfortable multitasking single-screen environment. Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes offer multiple inputs at a single glance, and the monitor utilizes Auto Source Switch+ to instantly connect to new devices without flipping through input sources. An ergonomic stand, Core Lighting+ and CoreSync make the monitor fit in any environment and match the mood of the game with ambient lighting.
In August and September, the Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel is also celebrating the launch of the Odyssey Neo G9 57” with a special event named Odyssey Evolves. During the event, some of the biggest streamers will be playing the hottest games on the Odyssey Neo G9 57” while also giving away prizes for channel followers — including a $10,000 gaming setup featuring the Odyssey Neo G9 57”.
Explore a New Frontier With the Upgraded Odyssey Ark
The Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, has been meaningfully upgraded. Building on the success of the original Odyssey Ark, Samsung has taken the new Ark to the next level based on gamers’ feedback. In addition to the stunning picture quality, form factor and professional-level gaming performance, new features designed for connectivity, convenience, performance will satisfy gamers looking for ultimate entertainment.
The monitor’s 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms GTG response time3 give gamers the edge to win, and Cockpit Mode gives them whole new perspectives to explore with a vertical orientation.
Added features to the Odyssey Ark (G97NC model) include the new Samsung Multi View, which lets users see up to 4 inputs on the screen at once.4 It also significantly enhances split-screen capabilities, letting gamers get full command and convenience in one screen, even when using external devices. One screen with multiple inputs keeps desks streamlined and clutter-free, so gamers can focus on the game at hand. In the new Multi View, users can see input from three HDMI ports and the DP1.4 connection simultaneously. This new DP input can also support 4K UHD streams for high quality entertainment.
The Odyssey Ark is now also more than a personal gaming theater — it is a single source for all computer needs. The added Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) switch feature5 makes the Ark a single command station for a smooth multitasking experience across multiple devices. Users can now control all the devices connected to the monitor with a single mouse and keyboard setup.
The Odyssey Neo G9 will be available for pre-order beginning at Gamescom 2023, and the 2023 Odyssey Ark will be available for pre-order in September.6
Experience the Future of Gaming With Bethesda Game Studios’ ‘Starfield’ on Samsung Gaming Hub
Bethesda Game Studios’ much-anticipated open-world space adventure “Starfield” will be available through the Samsung Gaming Hub, with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, on September 6.7 Samsung Gaming Hub gives gamers a whole new way to discover and instantly stream cloud games from industry-leading gaming partners on supported 2023 TVs and monitors8 with no console required, including the Samsung Neo QLED 8K.
“Starfield introduces players to a massive new universe, one that will look amazing on Samsung’s TVs & gaming monitors,” said Pete Hines, Senior Vice President and Head of Publishing at Bethesda Softworks. “The opportunity to stream the game directly through Samsung products allows us to reach even more players. Our team is beyond excited to get Starfield into the hands of gamers across the globe. See you in the stars!”
To see these globally available monitors in person, visit Samsung at Gamescom in Hall 9. To learn more about our visual display products, please visit samsung.com.
1 The actual response time may vary based on content and monitor settings.
2 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.
3 The actual response time may vary by content and monitor settings.
4 In Cockpit Mode, Multi View can show up to 3 screens on one display.
5 Each computer must be connected via USB Upstream cable, sold separately. Requires the Easy Setting Box program on each PC.
6 Product launch schedules and availability vary by region.
7 Availability of Gaming Hub and Xbox Game Pass support may vary by region.
8 Gaming Hub availability and support vary by monitor and TV lineup.
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Samsung Electronics Teams Up With NEXON To Unveil World’s First HDR10+ GAMING Title, ‘The First Descendant’By Samsung Newsroom
Samsung Electronics, a global leader in the visual display industry, today announced the launch of the world’s first gaming title featuring the High Dynamic Range (HDR) 10+ GAMING standard created by HDR10+ Technologies LLC. The new title, “The First Descendant” was developed by NEXON and will be unveiled at Gamescom 2023.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with NEXON, a true pioneer in video games, to introduce the world’s first HDR10+ GAMING title, ‘The First Descendant,’” said Seokwoo Jason Yong, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is a gaming milestone that goes beyond mere technological advancement; it represents Samsung’s continued commitment to enhance the gaming experience as technology evolves.”
HDR10+ GAMING Technology Ushers in a New Era of Gaming
HDR10+ GAMING provides gamers with the ultimate HDR game experience through deeper color, contrast and brightness. It also enables more accurate depiction of details in dark shadows and bright highlights, which allows users to fully engage in their gaming adventure.
HDR10+ GAMING supports an optimized experience that eliminates the hassle of adjusting numerous manual settings. And it enables enhanced gameplay with near-instant responses through low latency and variable refresh rate support. Furthermore, the standard provides developers with tools that allow consistent and reliable HDR gaming experiences across all HDR10+ GAMING displays.
“The First Descendant” is the first gaming title that will fully leverage the HDR10+ GAMING standard. It is set to provide gamers with one of the most responsive, accurate and frictionless HDR gaming experiences to date.
With Global Adoption and Innovation, HDR10+ Continues To Expand
Samsung co-established HDR10+ Technologies LLC in 2018 to provide a royalty-free, open dynamic metadata standard in the industry. The HDR10+ ecosystem has now grown to comprise 155 partners and over 7,000 certified devices including TVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and more.
This collaboration with NEXON reinforces Samsung’s unwavering commitment to providing superior visual experiences that go beyond entertainment and media consumption. Samsung’s latest gaming monitors and TV lineups1 also support the HDR10+ GAMING standard, further reinforcing the company’s leadership in the gaming industry.
“By adopting HDR10+ GAMING, we are bringing the game to life in a way that was previously not possible,” said Hyun Kim, Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of Business Development at NEXON. “This partnership with Samsung is also raising the bar in HDR gaming, and we are excited to usher in this new standard of picture quality in video games.”
The open beta test of “The First Descendant” will begin on September 19, allowing gamers around the world2 to experience the more realistic HDR gameplay firsthand.
For more information on HDR10+ technology, please visit https://hdr10plus.org/
1 HDR10+ GAMING is supported on Samsung monitors (Odyssey 7 series and above) and TV models (Q70 series and 120Hz above) since its release in 2022.
2 Not available in China.
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By Samsung Newsroom
Samsung Electronics today announced that Pixar Animation Studios has mastered its new animated film “Elemental” — released globally on June 16 — as 4K theatrical High Dynamic Range (HDR) content available exclusively on Samsung Onyx, the world’s first Cinema LED screen. Those who view the film at an Onyx theater will enjoy a more captivating and vibrant viewing experience through next-generation picture quality with 4K theatrical HDR.1
Samsung Onyx, the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified cinema display for theatrical exhibition, is an LED screen that provides exceptionally vivid color and the most detail-rich content. It transcends the traditional projector-based systems that have been the industry standard for more than 100 years by overcoming limited contrast ratio and brightness, delivering millions of additional colors that traditional projection does not.
Pixar, an Academy Award® winning animation studio, mastered the film in 4K theatrical HDR to exemplify its bright, sharp, rich and detailed imagery, extending beyond the capabilities of Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) theater-based projectors. Additionally, Pixar pairing its reach with Samsung’s visual technology expertise has resulted in the largest cinema LED presence of any brand in the theatrical space. Moviegoers can enjoy 4K HDR mastered “Elemental” exclusively on Onyx screens.
“Pixar is known for pushing the boundaries of both technology and art, continuing that legacy with our latest film, Elemental,” said Dominic Glynn, Senior Scientist at Pixar. “With Onyx, Samsung has taken a bold leap forward, deploying extraordinary technology at a scale that enables a compelling step-change in cinema image quality. For the first time, audiences will be able to experience our highest brightness, rich, detailed HDR imagery on large, sharp cinema screens that showcase Pixar’s most ambitious work to date. HDR cinema delivers a genuinely fresh visual experience to our global audiences, and the filmmaking teams at Pixar are excited to share this unique version of Elemental with the world.”
Starting with “Elemental,” Pixar plans to continue mastering 4K HDR content for Samsung Onyx to ensure the film is viewed the way creators intended for the best possible viewer experience.
“With Pixar’s new movie, we present 4K HDR content exclusively on cinema LEDs for the first time in the industry,” said Hoon Chung, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to actively expand partnerships in the movie industry based on our leading LED technology innovation that expresses accurate image quality and vivid colors not available anywhere else.”
Samsung Onyx can accommodate virtually any venue configuration while delivering unparalleled picture quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. The extraordinary display combines 4K resolution, HDR picture quality and 300nit peak brightness — nearly six times greater than standard projector technologies.
Starting with the world’s first cinema LED screen at Lotte Cinema World Tower, Seoul in July 2017, Samsung has now supplied Onyx screens to 120 movie theaters around the world.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” “Coco” and “Turning Red.” Its movies and technology have won 40 Academy Awards® and the films have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office. “Elemental,” Pixar’s upcoming 27th feature, releases in theaters June 16, 2023.
1 The availability of “Elemental Mastered for Onyx” may vary by region and theater.
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Samsung’s new gaming monitor is so expensive that it might be worth more than the computer you have powering it.
In a press release, the company announced that it is officially opening up preorders for the Odyssey OLED G9, its new 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitor. It’s a beast of a monitor and, being OLED, will be a great option for gamers who not only want a great-looking display, but a fast one as well. However, all of that technology comes with a huge price of $2,199.
So, what do you get for $2,199? A heck of a lot, actually. According to Samsung, the Odyssey OLED G9 is the “first OLED monitor to offer Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD; 5,120 x 1,440) resolution with a 32:9 ratio.” The monitor features a pixel density of 110PPI, 0.03ms gray-to-gray (GtG) response time, and a 240Hz refresh rate. The company says that the resolution of the screen is “equivalent to two QHD screens side by side.”
The monitor features Samsung’s new Neo Quantum Processor Pro, AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro, DisplayHDR™ True Black 400, and built-in stereo speakers. I’m surprised that it even has speakers since most gamers will always opt to use a headset, especially at the level of investment that this monitor is.
James Fishler, Senior Vice President, Home Entertainment & Display Division, Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement that the Odessey is “in a class of its own.”
Samsung says that anyone who preorders the Odyssey OLED G9 from the company will get a $250 Samsung.com gift card. It’s available to preorder until the 25th, indicating that the official launch may be on June 26th.
This is obviously an insanely expensive monitor that only those with the money and the love of gaming will invest in, but it’s awesome to see Samsung just going for it here. Of course, as with any technology, these kinds of experiences will get more affordable with scale.
For now, I’ll stick with my 27-inch LG Ultragear. It’s a great monitor and handles all of the Xbox I can throw at it. But I’m not going to lie — I can’t help but want a monitor like Samsung is about to put out in the world. I’m a sucker for OLED, and bringing it to my gaming monitor would be a joy.
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