Samsung’s $1,499 Odyssey OLED G8 Gaming Monitor Ships This Month
It’s been over five months since Samsung unveiled the Odyssey OLED G8 (G85SB) just before IFA 2022 in Berlin. This is Samsung’s first of his OLED gaming monitors, which the company originally said would launch globally in Q4 2022. Samsung again talked about the Odyssey OLED G8 at CES last month. But it hasn’t launched (or offered a price) yet.
The monitor is now available and priced at $1,499. The Odyssey OLED G8 uses a 34-inch QD-OLED panel (3440 x 1440 resolution) with a low response time of 0.03 ms, 175 Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support. Samsung also employed a curvature of 1800R to (slightly) wrap the screen around it.
Quantum dot panels are already being used in monitors like Alienware’s AW3423DWF, and we expect similar competitors to emerge in the coming months. Samsung claims that using quantum dots in his OLED panels reduces the chance of burn-in common to his larger OLED panels. However, these claims should be tested in real-world tests over time.
Either way, a QD-OLED panel should deliver pitch-black blacks (1,000,000:1 contrast ratio) and vibrant colors to enhance immersion in your favorite games. For the home, Samsung has CoreSync and Core Lighting+ covered via a brilliant glowing orb on the back of the panel, which you can customize to your liking.
Samsung has adopted the Tizen smart TV platform, which features the Odyssey OLED G8 with streaming TV apps (such as Netflix and Hulu) and the Samsung Gaming Hub. Game Hub gives you direct access to game streaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now over integrated Wi-Fi. Additionally, the Odyssey OLED G8 is packed with HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.3, USB-C port, and a pair of 5W speakers.
The Odyssey OLED G8 is available directly from Samsung.com for $1,499. (opens in new tab)According to the website, the monitors are expected to ship by February 23rd. Same price on MicroCenter website.