Samsung is entering new territory by unveiling its first OLED gaming monitor. the aptly named Odyssey OLED G8 and it’s packed with features.
The majority remarkable appearance of the G8 (opens in new tab) is its incredibly fast response rate, which is just 0.1ms, or 1/10th of the typical 1ms response rate of some of the best gaming monitors on the market. Not only that, the ultra-thin form factor and high-quality display output make this one of the best ultra-wide monitors you’ll find.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 is a 34-inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a thickness of 3.9 mm (about 0.15 inches), which the company claims is the thinnest for a product of its size. It’s even slightly curved with a curvature rating of 1800R for greater immersion.
At most, the G8 monitor can output at Quad HD resolution (3330 x 1440 pixels) while having a refresh rate of 175 Hz, comparing it to the best high refresh rate monitors. That extremely low refresh rate and response rate translates to a gaming monitor that strikes the perfect balance between esports performance and gorgeous visuals powered by OLED technology – so yes, esports gamers can now have both.
quantum dot technology
The G8 comes with the company’s Quantum Dot technology to ensure colors don’t look washed out at high gloss. If you look at the Quantum Dot technology official page (opens in new tab), Samsung claims that typical OLED displays compromise color if the brightness level is high, losing image quality. He also claims that OLEDs lose effectiveness over time and become more “susceptible to image burn-in or ghosting…”
Quantum Dot technology illuminates the screen through nanoparticles in each pixel to keep colors saturated at high brightness and reduce the chance of long-term burn-in. In return, the G8 can boast a “100% color volume” and can replicate 99.3% of the DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiatives – Protocol 3) color space (opens in new tab), which is an image standard created by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. At 99.3%, the monitor can display almost the entire color gamut.
If this quantum dot technology isn’t enough, the G8 is too. VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Certified which is a relatively recent standard released in 2021 to ensure more accurate colors and greater contrast for shadows. players will like AMC FreeSync Premium (opens in new tab) for fluid gameplay that isn’t hampered by graphics card latency issues or torn screen.
As a gaming monitor, there are indeed some player-centric features aside from the intense response rate. The first of these is the multitude of media hubs present in the G8’s user interface.
Samsung’s Smart Hub gives access to various streaming sites such as Amazon Prime, YouTube and Samsung TV Plus – an IoT (Internet of Things) hub is also present that allows users to check up on any device directly connected to the G8 – in addition to from the Gaming Hub for direct access to various video game streaming services such as NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass, and even Google Stadia if you have it.
We reached out to Samsung for clarification on how devices can connect to the IoT hub. For example, the G8 has Bluetooth connectivity. And what other streaming services are supported besides Netflix. We will update if Samsung returns.
Rounding out the game features are some hardware additions. Samsung has added CoreSync and CoreLighting Plus RGB lights on the back for a more immersive experience. Equipped ports include one for Micro HDMI, a Mini DisplayPort and some USB-C ports. Sound is output from a 5W stereo speaker, but not much else is known about its capabilities.
Also unknown is the price and release date, but Samsung says it expects a global launch sometime in Q4 2022. So it’s entirely possible that the Odyssey OLED G8 could launch as early as October, but that’s probably a illusion. It’s certainly an impressive display and we can’t wait to get our hands on one.
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