The gaming monitor market has just grown a that much hotter with the announcement of the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 (G85SB). The South Korean manufacturer has vigorously been expanding its esteemed Odyssey lineup and with this latest announcement, the company is looking to take the competition head-on. The Odyssey OLED G8 (not to be mistaken with the Odyssey Neo G8) is Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor and was revealed ahead of IFA 2022 in Berlin. The gaming monitor comes with an impressive spec sheet too.
To start with, it sports an ultra-thin 34-inch display unit and comes with a curved display with a 1800R curvature. The OLED panel is based on Quantum Dot Technology and features some top-of-the-line technology aimed to give gamers the best gaming experience. The Odyssey OLED G8 has an ultra-wide, QHD panel with a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 and a 21:9 aspect ratio, with “100 per cent colour volume and DCI-99.3 per cent colour gamut for incredible visuals regardless of the game being played.” As with most gaming monitors out there, this one too has an extremely low 0.1ms response time and 175Hz refresh rate which ensures the best gaming experience.
While on the topic of gaming experience, the Odyssey OLED G8 supports Samsung’s Gaming Hub, which lets people stream games from cloud services such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass, or others, thus eliminating the need for a console or PC altogether. The list of specifications isn’t over just yet. In addition to all the above, the Odyssey OLED G8 supports AMD FreeSync Premium, which helps reduce frame tears while playing games by dynamically changing the monitor’s refresh rate to match the GPU output.
Similar to other gaming monitors, the back of the display comes equipped with CoreSync & Core Lighting+ which, as per Samsung, “has been upgraded for the Odyssey OLED G8.” RGB lighting has now become a staple in most gaming monitors and it’s no surprise to see it here too. These are located on the back of the monitor and help match the on-screen colours to further improve immersion.
Sound and audio have also been tuned and taken care of to provide a decent overall experience. The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 gaming monitor features a 5W stereo speaker and is fitted with Micro HDMI (2.1), Mini DP (1.4), and USB-C ports for all your connectivity problems. You will also be able to stream movies and shows from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. There’s also an upgraded Samsung TV Plus available and an integrated IoT hub that “allows the users to check all the IoT devices wirelessly connected to the monitor.” Samsung also has added support for the SmartThings application that lets you “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.”
Furthermore, the gaming monitor has a Height Adjustable Stand (HAS) along with Tilt functionality, which basically means you can adjust the monitor’s position according to your likes and dislikes or based on the type of game you are playing. Samsung has not revealed any release date as of writing but plans to make the Odyssey OLED G8 available globally starting Q4 2022. However, the launch dates will differ based on the region. There’s no mention of any price either but we expect the monitor to be easily upwards of the AUD$1,000 range. Nevertheless, it’s got us a little more excited for Samsung’s future forays into the gaming world.