The Odyssey Arc (G97NB) is Samsung’s most recent addition to the Odyssey line of gaming monitors, and it is absolutely insane. It features a curved 55-inch panel with a 165-hertz refresh rate. And just hold on there till you see the “cockpit mode.”
The Arc is a 55-inch 4K monitor that has a curvature of 1000R, which indicates that it has the same curvature as a circle with a radius of 1 meter (3.3 feet). The image has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 3,840 pixels by 2,160 pixels.
14-bit processing is combined with the utilization of the panel’s Quantum Mini LEDs in order to achieve local dimming across 1,056 zones. This gives it a static contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, and it has 16,384 different degrees of black. It is capable of “Quantum HDR 2000,” which translates to a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits (with some Samsung marketing thrown in). A matte treatment has been applied to the display, which helps to reduce glare and reflections.
The gray-to-gray reaction time of the display is 1 millisecond, and the refresh rate of the monitor is 165 hertz (with support for FreeSync Premium Pro). When you are playing older games, the Neural Quantum Processor Ultra will be able to upscale the resolution to 4K for you.
There are three different ways to place the television on the wall, in addition to the adjustable stand that is included in the package (200×200, 300×300, and 400×400). Regarding the cockpit mode, it enables you to rotate the screen by ninety degrees in such a way that the lower portion of the screen remains mostly vertical while the upper portion of the screen hangs overhead. The sound system that comes standard in the Odyssey Arc is rather spectacular. There are four speakers, one located in each corner, and two woofers located at the bottom, for a combined power of 60 watts (and a frequency response that goes as low as 45Hz).
The Ark Dial remote control that comes standard with the display gives you access to the monitor’s extensive array of sophisticated capabilities. The Ark is as large as four monitors with a screen size of 22.5″, and you can use it in that configuration for a multi-monitor arrangement that does not have borders (yes, there are four HDMI inputs). Alternately, you can have a vertical stack of three virtual displays by flipping it over while it is in Cockpit mode.
Additionally, the image size can be changed from 55 inches down to 27 inches, and the aspect ratio can be changed from 16:9 to 21:9 to 32:9 with the use of the Flex Move Screen. Solar energy is used to power the remote controls of more current Samsung televisions, just like the Ark Dial.
The monitor is equipped with a variety of useful functions for gamers. You’ll be able to verify in a flash, with the help of the Game Bar, whether or not you’re indeed receiving the frame rate that you believe you are, whether or not HDR and VRR are turned on, and so forth. The Samsung Gaming Hub comes pre-loaded, and it will suggest games for you to play from a variety of streaming services, such as Xbox, GeForce Now, and Stadia.
Tizen is the operating system powering all of the monitor’s cutting-edge capabilities. Additionally, support for Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings is added as a result of this.
The Samsung Odyssey Ark gaming display will be available for pre-order starting later today. You might want to have a seat before we reveal the price to you, which is going to be $3,500, but we’re about to do that.