Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor will be shown off on September 2 at the IFA 2022 event in Berlin, the company has revealed (opens in new tab). Featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, the new Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 Gaming Display (G85SB) is a 34-inch curved ultra-thin monitor.
While we don’t have all the details just yet, Samsung did highlight some of the more interesting features of the monitor, such as its 175 Hz maximum refresh rate, 0.1ms response rate, and 3.9mm (0.15 inch) thinness. The VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification means that 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color space is displayed on the screen.
The 34-inch curved panel combines Quantum Dot (QD) and OLED technology for ultra-vivid color, fast image response, and deep, dark black, for which OLED technology is renowned. Because of the unique way each OLED pixel is illuminated, Samsung claims that the Odyssey OLED G8 has a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Samsung recasts this figure as a “near-infinite” contrast ratio.
As its name suggests, the Odyssey OLED G8 is primarily marketed as a gaming display. The latest press release only mentions support for AMD FreeSync Premium but makes no reference to Nvidia G-Sync. This edition of the Samsung Odyssey gaming monitor should include the same gaming capabilities as the 49-inch Odyssey G9, including genre presets.
The Odyssey OLED G8 has built-in ambient/surround lighting, which gamers may find useful. Samsung claims that with this new monitor, they have improved the Odyssey series’ CoreSync and Core Lighting+. In order to create a more immersive atmosphere, the lighting might be timed to the on-screen action.
The Odyssey OLED G8 may be a monitor, but it’s packed with smart TV-like features and, with the help of Samsung’s Gaming Hub, you can use it to play games without a PC by connecting it to popular streaming services.
Integrated into the device is an Internet of Things (IoT) hub that will facilitate video streaming and check-ins/interactions with smart home gadgets. These solo streaming features require some kind of built-in Ethernet/Wi-Fi networking, but Samsung gives no details.