Samsung announces Odyssey Ark, a 55-inch curved gaming monitor

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Samsung has previously tested the limits of monitors with displays like the Odyssey Neo G9, but now the company is pushing the boundaries even further with the absolutely gigantic 55-inch Odyssey Ark and its wild “flexible” display.

The Ark is a next-gen gaming monitor with a 16:9 display that can be used both horizontally and vertically. The screen’s “multi-view” feature uses an adjustable screen size for watching movies, playing games, or whatever you need to do.

Samsung’s announcement is light on specs, so we’re still a little unclear on whether the curved monitor is truly flexible or if the display is simply based around a flexible panel that helps support what appears to be an all-encompassing 1000R curved design.

I’m not sure who really needs a 55″ vertical monitor at home, but damn, it looks pretty cool.

The Ark clearly blurs the lines between the size of a gaming monitor and basically a full size TV, but it does have some nice game-specific features. A height-adjustable stand pivots in a vertical direction for a “cockpit-like” gaming experience in both landscape and portrait modes. The monitor also comes with a wireless controller with a special wheel for adjusting the monitor’s brightness and image quality or navigating the Ark’s on-screen interface.

The Ark isn’t expected to go on sale until the second half of 2022, so it could be a while before we get any info on the Ark’s final specs and price, though you can almost guarantee it’ll be wildly expensive.

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If you liked Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 monitor but didn’t like the massive 49-inch screen or didn’t want to pay more than $2,500, then the new 32-inch Odyssey Neo G8 is actually a smaller (and hopefully more affordable) version of the Neo G9.

Like the Neo G9, the Neo G8 has a similar 1000R curve and 1ms response time, but the Neo G8 offers an even higher resolution. Samsung claims that the Neo G8 is the world’s first display with both a 4K resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate.

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To make sure your games look as smooth as possible, the Neo G8 supports both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Premium, while the 2000-nit peak brightness powered by quantum-dot mini LEDs makes HDR content look incredible. Like the G9, the Neo G8 also comes with Samsung’s Core Sync technology, so you can sync the rear-mounted RGB lighting to whatever you’re watching.

Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t released official pricing or availability for the Neo G8 yet either. If you’re planning to upgrade your gaming setup this year, you might want to wait and see how much these monitors cost.

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