The expansion of OLED gaming monitors is anticipated to continue.
In recent years, Samsung has made a name for itself in the gaming monitor market with popular models like the 1080p Odyssey G5, the 1440p Odyssey G7, and the super-ultrawide Odyssey Neo G9. These monitors, along with many others, have proven to be popular with consumers, and Samsung hopes that their forthcoming Odyssey OLED G8 will attract a new audience.
Multiple display manufacturers are reportedly planning to release new OLED monitors in the coming year. Samsung has decided to enter the fray by announcing the release of its first gaming monitor with a QD-OLED display in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The Odyssey OLED G8 follows the recent trend of ultrawide QD-OLEDs, which Alienware’s AW3423DW pioneered. With the additional screen space of an ultrawide and the perfect colors, contrast, and low response times of an OLED, manufacturers believe consumers receive the “best of both worlds.”
The Odyssey G8’s display features a 3440×1440 resolution, an 1800R curve, a 175Hz refresh rate, and a 0.1ms response time. Additionally, it supports FreeSync Premium. Samsung claims the thinnest point of the monitor’s frame is 3.9mm.
Samsung’s Odyssey OLED G8 features Micro HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.3, and a USB-C port, which may have been necessitated by this design direction. The monitor is also equipped with stereo 5W speakers and “Core Lighting+” lighting on the back.
The Odyssey G8 can also connect to Samsung’s Smart Hub and Gaming Hub, allowing users to stream video content, play video games, or simply surf the web. A gaming monitor designed for use with a PC that includes these smart features may appear redundant, but some users may find the cloud/streaming features useful.
Samsung has confirmed that the Odyssey OLED G8 will launch globally in the fourth quarter of 2022, but no specific release date has been provided. The monitor’s release may vary by region, but we expect to learn more on September 2, when the product is unveiled live at the IFA 2022 trade show.