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CES 2022: Samsung’s Odyssey Ark looks too graceful for gaming

L’Arche shot in portrait view.

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This story is part of THOSE, where CNET covers the latest news on the most amazing technology to come.

Samsung is known for its innovative monitor designs, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the company decided to make a 55-inch curved 4K gaming monitor that you can rotate in a vertical orientation, which it teased at CES 2022. Its Odyssey Ark is not expected to ship until the second half of this year, giving Samsung plenty of time to provide important details. Or really details. It doesn’t appear to be a concept template, but it does have that loose “we let our designers” look that is typical of concepts.

So far, we don’t know anything useful about the display like the panel technology or the connections, and certainly not the price. Until we do, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that this is QD-OLED and less than $ 1,000. It can’t be both and it’s unlikely to be the last, but let a girl have her dreams.

The first question that comes to my mind is “why would you want a rotating version of a 55 inch monitor?” In portrait orientation, that would make it approach 4 feet tall (it’s hard to estimate without knowing how curved it is), what Samsung calls a cockpit-style view. I can’t imagine how comfortable it would be to watch sitting at a desk – I’d be terrified of her falling on me, too. And if you come back to play using a controller, the curve will interfere with your sight unless you lean back in your chair, which decreases your accuracy. Moreover, it would be too narrow; you would probably want to place two side by side (which would probably make them impossible to rotate backwards).

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The view from above.

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It looks like it might suit an all-in-one gaming chair where you sit tilted back and look up, and you’re also more likely to play driving or flight simulations that would benefit from a cockpit type view.

But the Ark is too elegant to stick with one of them. It’s just breathtaking, at least in photos, with clean, classic lines and subtle edge lighting that bears no resemblance to the company’s rather clunky Odyssey gaming monitor line-up. It has an equally stylish wireless dial to manage lighting and interface.

It just doesn’t match the aesthetic of the game we’ve grown used to over the years. I think that’s a good thing and necessary given the demographics we’ve seen in gaming. Plus, it definitely follows the trend towards more low-profile gaming laptop designs.


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Unlike other 55in monitors we’ve seen, the stand supports tilt and swivel, which is nice. Samsung also said: “The multiview options allow users to adjust Odyssey Ark exactly how they want with a fully scalable screen size to fit the game or program without compromising its 4K display and bright, colorful images. . ” However, what this actually means is unclear.

The company also announced other monitors this week, including a smaller, expensive sound tracker. 49 inch Odyssey G9 Neo QLED launched in July of last year. The G9’s new 32-inch little brother, the Odyssey Neo G8 (G85NB), is expected to be more affordable than the $ 2,500 G9.

As it did with the G9 Neo QLED, Samsung only offered a teaser for the G8, with no price or shipping date. Like its slightly older sibling, it has a curved display with a peak brightness of 2000 nits in HDR and high contrast, 240Hz refresh rate, and 1 millisecond gray-to-gray response time, the same design as Odyssey G7 and G9 (in white) and support for FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync.

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