Samsung's first OLED gaming monitor expected to launch later this year

AlphaX

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Something to look forward to: Samsung has made their mark in the gaming monitor market in recent years, with many popular models such as the 1080p Odyssey G5, the 1440p Odyssey G7, and the super-ultrawide Odyssey Neo G9. These monitors, as well as many others, have shown to be big hits with consumers, and Samsung hopes to reel in another audience with their upcoming Odyssey OLED G8.

We've been hearing about multiple display manufacturers' plans to release new OLED monitors in the coming year. Samsung has decided to throw their hat into the mix with the announcement of their first gaming monitor featuring a QD-OLED display, set to release in Q4 2022.

The Odyssey OLED G8 follows a recent trend of ultrawide QD-OLEDs as first seen on Alienware's AW3423DW. Manufacturers believe consumers get the 'best of both worlds' with the additional screen real estate of an ultrawide and the perfect colors, contrast, and low response times of an OLED.

The Odyssey G8's display sports a 3440x1440 resolution and an 1800R curve, supports up to a 175Hz refresh rate with a response time of 0.1ms. It also boasts of FreeSync Premium support. The monitor's chassis is notably slim, with Samsung claiming the monitor gets as thin as 3.9mm at the thinnest point of the frame.

Possibly due to this design direction, Samsung had to resort to smaller input ports, as the Odyssey OLED G8 includes Micro HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.3, and a USB-C port. The monitor is also packing stereo 5W speakers, along with their "Core Lighting+" on the back of the monitor.

The Odyssey G8 is also able to connect to Samsung's Smart Hub and Gaming Hub, allowing users to stream video content, stream video games, or even just browse the internet. A gaming monitor intended to be used with a PC having these smart features may seem rather redundant, but some users may end up finding use of the cloud/streaming features.

Samsung has confirmed that the Odyssey OLED G8 is planned to launch globally in Q4 2022, though no firm release date has been disclosed. It's likely the monitor's release will vary by region, but we expect to hear more when the product is unveiled live at the IFA 2022 show on September 2.

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Carlos GarPov

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Do not buy any Samsung product. If you buy a TV, the company is going to disable the wireless card, then the ethernet card, etc. If you buy a Samsung phone it will get slower and dummier, every time. If you go with a Samsung galaxy watch (watch out - I've bought two) and got into a pool, the rest of the story you can make it up just perfectly.

TV, I might go with Sony
Phone, definitely Iphone
Watch, buy any non-smart.
 

passwordistaco

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Now that video cards have DP 2.0, this not-even-released-yet monitor has DP 2 generations old.

Maybe ditch the "smart" BS & crappy speakers and use grown-up sized input ports. It's so disappointing when a potentially great product is hampered by stupid decisions on the simple things.
 

hahahanoobs

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Keep em coming! The faster UW OLEDs sell the faster 16:9 27" and 32" OLED panels come to being cut from the motherglass in the future.

Come on guys. Buy one for you and one for a friend, family member or even a stranger on the street!
 
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bandit8623

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Do not buy any Samsung product. If you buy a TV, the company is going to disable the wireless card, then the ethernet card, etc. If you buy a Samsung phone it will get slower and dummier, every time. If you go with a Samsung galaxy watch (watch out - I've bought two) and got into a pool, the rest of the story you can make it up just perfectly.

TV, I might go with Sony
Phone, definitely Iphone
Watch, buy any non-smart.
as with any product read reviews and make a smart decision. my g7 32' is great
 

dangh

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Do not buy any Samsung product. If you buy a TV, the company is going to disable the wireless card, then the ethernet card, etc. If you buy a Samsung phone it will get slower and dummier, every time. If you go with a Samsung galaxy watch (watch out - I've bought two) and got into a pool, the rest of the story you can make it up just perfectly.

TV, I might go with Sony
Phone, definitely Iphone
Watch, buy any non-smart.
lol, bashing Samsung and getting iphone who was originally crushing performance of older models, stop joking;)

On topic, can't wait for 38-42 inches UW oled screens. 34 is bit too small, and resolution is not there yet. 1600p is minimum I'd consider, 5k uw could be very good as well.
 

dangh

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Agreed. I want to know what is up with the obsession Samsung has with curves. Does anyone know?
curves for UW are actually useful. Maybe too aggressive curvature might be difficult to get over for work, but I have 38 inch uw LG screen with small curvature and it is better than flat for my eyes.
 

mountains

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Isn't anyone worried about screen burn-in with OLED? On a PC, there are many UI elements that never change; much worse than on a TV.

OLED is pretty, but...? Is it planned obsolescence?
 

wiyosaya

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Isn't anyone worried about screen burn-in with OLED? On a PC, there are many UI elements that never change; much worse than on a TV.

OLED is pretty, but...? Is it planned obsolescence?
CRT monitors had that problem, too. (Yes, I know. I'm showing my age. ;) ) Back in the day, there were things that could be done to mitigate burn-in, and they are still present in current-day OSs. One thing is screen savers. Don't want burn-in, don't have static images on your screen for extended periods of time. Which, if you are using the monitor mostly for gaming having static images on your screen for extended periods of time is unlikely, IMO. In addition, recent OLED monitors, and TVs, for that matter, have done things to mitigate the problem of Burn-in.

Also, my understanding is that no one really knows for sure the effects of burn-in on QD-OLED monitors, yet, as they are too new to the market.

And, yes, with micro-LED up and coming, it could be planned obsolescence as burn-in does not affect micro-LED, but micro-LED monitors are quite a ways away in terms of affordability or even being on the market.
 

Burty117

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Now that video cards have DP 2.0, this not-even-released-yet monitor has DP 2 generations old.
This pisses me off as well. DP 2.0 is a thing, has been for a while. It means you can keep the 175Hz refresh rate and still have 10-bit colour (HDR) on at the sametime.

It's basically what I'm waiting for. Modern screens with DP 2.0 and HDMI 2.1 and can actually support all the specs as advertised.
 

defaultluser

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OLED is pretty, but...? Is it planned obsolescence?


Only for this panel from Samsung: way blurrier pixel layout than WRGB, and already low dpi for such a large 1440p vertical panel!

My b7 driving my dark mode htpc has no signs of burn-in, and also no signs of dying - but would replace it with a C2 in a moments notice of death!
 

netman

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Even Samsung has come to realize that OLED technology is the best for screens...Eventually their TVs are forthcoming...!
 

MilwaukeeMike

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curves for UW are actually useful. Maybe too aggressive curvature might be difficult to get over for work, but I have 38 inch uw LG screen with small curvature and it is better than flat for my eyes.
Curved on an ultra wide helps with color and viewing angle too. I had an UW once that wasn't curved and I returned it because the color isn't uniform all the way across. I have a curved one now and it's great, you don't even really notice
 

Puiu

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Even Samsung has come to realize that OLED technology is the best for screens...Eventually their TVs are forthcoming...!
Samsung couldn't use WOLED for TVs because they had to licence the tech. Negotiations between Samsung and LG for WOLED came to a standstill recently (QD-OLED might be why).