OLED gaming displays are in all places at CES 2023, and Samsung’s lineup is not any exception. The firm revealed the Odyssey G95SC monitor at this time, a 49-inch mannequin that it claims is the world’s first 32:9 facet ratio OLED gaming monitor. It additionally reminded us that its Odyssey 34-inch G8 QD-OLED monitor that debuted within the fall throughout IFA 2022 shall be releasing “very soon.”

What units these two fashions other than what LG lately introduced is that they use Samsung’s personal QD-OLED tech, not LG Display’s newest panels. Below I’ve embedded a sidebar explaining how QD-OLED differs from OLED, however the TL;DR is that it’s capable of produce a extra contrast-rich image at larger brightness ranges — one of many few limitations of standard OLED tech.

I’ve a tough time wrapping my head round how cool it’d be to take a seat in entrance of Samsung’s new 49-inch Odyssey G95SC. Thankfully, it will probably wrap itself round my head as an alternative. It has a super-wide 32:9 facet ratio, increasing to five,120 x 1,440 decision with an 1800R curve. This mannequin has a quick 240Hz refresh charge. It’s coming later in 2023 with no price ticket hooked up for now.

Both the 49-inch Odyssey G95SC and the Odyssey G8 (proven right here) have a delicate 1800R curve.
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The Odyssey G8 is a bit smaller throughout the spec sheet, but it surely has an analogous panel to what shipped in Alienware’s stellar QD-OLED gaming monitor from 2021. It matches key particulars together with the 34-inch measurement, 21:9 facet ratio, the 1800R curvature, its 3,440 x 1,440 decision, and a 175Hz refresh charge. Samsung nonetheless hasn’t shared a value, however we’ll replace this submit if that adjustments.

What’s the distinction between OLED and QD-OLED?

QD-OLED screens differ from the standard OLED panels that’ve lengthy been manufactured by LG Display in the way in which they produce a picture. LG’s shows are thought of WRGB OLED, as a result of they use blue and yellow OLED compound to generate white-ish gentle pixels which are handed by colour filters to supply crimson, inexperienced, and blue sub-pixels. More current OLED TVs even have a fourth unfiltered / white sub-pixel meant to reinforce brightness — particularly for HDR content material.

QD-OLED adjustments this up by emitting blue gentle by quantum dots to transform a few of that blue into crimson and inexperienced with none want for the colour filter. (Blue is used as a result of it has the strongest gentle power.) This results in larger gentle power effectivity; because you’re not dropping any gentle to the colour filters, QD-OLED TVs ought to provide brightness beneficial properties in comparison with past-generation OLEDs.

A simplified breakdown of QD-OLED.

A simplified breakdown of QD-OLED.
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They must also be capable of keep vivid quantum dot colour copy even at peak brightness ranges, whereas WRGB OLED can generally exhibit some desaturation when pushed that far. In Sony’s case, the corporate is claiming that QD-OLED “boosts color brightness by up to 200 percent compared to conventional TVs.” The already-superb viewing angles of OLED are claimed to be even higher on QD-OLED since there’s extra diffusion occurring with out the colour filter in the way in which.

The chance of burn-in isn’t eradicated by QD-OLED, however the hope is that these panels may exhibit an extended total life span than current OLED TVs for the reason that pixels aren’t working as exhausting. Samsung Display is utilizing three layers of blue OLED materials for every pixel, and that might protect their longevity.

Samsung claims that each of those displays help HDR True Black 400, a VESA spec meaning they will attain 400 nits of peak brightness. However, it’s attainable that they’ll ship decrease brightness in actuality, relying on what you watch on them. During HDTVTest’s review of the Alienware QD-OLED monitor, which has the identical True Black spec as these new Samsung displays, it delivered nearer to 280 nits whereas displaying an all-white display (probably the most brutal problem for an OLED).

These displays are meant to connect with highly effective consoles and PCs, however additionally they help Samsung’s Gaming Hub, which helps you to wirelessly join a controller to play on cloud streaming companies like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now. They even have Smart Hub, which allow them to entry good TV apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and extra. In phrases of ports, each of them characteristic Mini DisplayPort, Micro HDMI 2.1, and USB-C charging of as much as 65W.

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