Samsung is convinced you need a bigger gaming monitor, or at least that’s what its CES 2023 lineup suggests. The company unveiled four new monitors in its Odyssey gaming lineup, ranging from a 34-inch ultrawide monitor up to its 57-inch 8K monster.
It’s an interesting move considering CES is also bringing LG’s first 27-inch OLED monitors that have been the talk of the town for the past few months. But for now, Samsung only has two OLED Odyssey monitors it’s introducing: a 34-inch model and a 49-inch model.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G9
Unlike the rise of new 27-inch OLED gaming monitors, Samsung’s first OLED monitors use their own QD-OLED panels, first introduced in the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, which launched last year. QD-OLED is Samsung’s long-awaited answer to LG OLED, and so far, it’s proven to be a serious contender.
O Samsung Odyssey G95SC 49 is the most interesting of all these new monitors. It takes the form factor of the Odyssey Neo G9 and throws an OLED panel into the mix. That means it’s a super ultrawide 32:9 monitor with an 1800R curve that essentially stacks two 1440p monitors side by side (what Samsung calls “dual QHD”), for a total resolution of 5120 x 1440. It comes with the same Frequency 240Hz refresh rate like the Odyssey Neo G9 as well.
The Odyssey OLED 34 is a bit tamer: a 21:9 ultrawide monitor with a 175Hz refresh rate. According to Samsung, both monitors come with a 0.1ms response time and HDR True Black 400. All of this matches what we saw on the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, which is no surprise. However, Samsung has not mentioned whether this is an official DisplayHDR certification or not. The company sidestepped that certification process with last year’s Odyssey Neo G8.
In addition to a new panel, these new OLED monitors also feature a refreshed design. The support is wider and the base should not take up as much space as with the G8. The branding on the back is also a little less bombastic. The simpler design looks much cleaner, as does the circular RGB ring in its center.
Monitor Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 8K
While Samsung has a new monitor in the 49-inch 32:9 category, the Odyssey Neo G9 isn’t going anywhere. This monitor was teased by AMD last November as one of the first 8K monitors on the market, and it’s even crazier than our first look suggested.
Obviously, 8K resolution is the standout feature, enabled by DisplayPort 2.1, which doubles data transfer speeds to allow bandwidth to go 8K. Whether your PC can handle that many pixels is another matter, though, especially since only AMD’s latest GPUs support the feature.
The Odyssey Neo G9 is a 57-inch 32:9 monitor with a 1000R curve that places two 4K displays side by side, for a total resolution of 7680 x 2160. Even with the increased resolution, Samsung maintains a super-high 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. It’s not OLED, but the new updated Odyssey Neo G9 uses mini-LED backlighting, which Samsung says gives it a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
Wide aspect ratios are the staple of Samsung’s new Odyssey line, less so than the Odyssey Neo G7. The 2023 model uses a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, but is 43 inches in size. Samsung seems to be targeting this more as a TV, as it includes a 2.2-channel speaker system and Samsung’s smart TV operating system.
The Odyssey Neo G9 is VESA certified for Display HDR 1000 and Samsung says it delivers “superior images in any gaming environment, from shadows to bright scenes.”
Both the Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey OLED G9 feature Adaptive Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium. Both also come with Samsung Smart Hub and Game Hub. This gives you direct access to video streaming apps like Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube without even connecting to a PC. Similarly, Game Hub lets you stream Xbox and Nvidia GeForce Now games.
Both monitors also include USB-C charging up to 65 watts.
Samsung says the Odyssey Neo G7 will be available in the first months of 2023, while the Odyssey Neo G9 will arrive by the end of the year. It’s unclear exactly when we’ll see the two OLED monitors, but Samsung says they’ll arrive sometime later in 2023.