Samsung’s new OLED gaming monitor is so powerful it can stream games


If you’re looking for a new gaming monitor and can wait until the end of the year, it might be worth waiting for the 34-inch Samsung Odyssey OLED G8. It’s a display that has loads of benefits, including the ability to stream games from all major players without any additional hardware.

The monitor comes with Samsung’s Smart Hub and Gaming Hub built-in. This means the panel can not only monitor smart home devices, but also stream TV from Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube, as well as games from Xbox, Nvidia GeForce Now, Google. Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna.

Of course, if you’re buying a gaming monitor, chances are you don’t actually need the streaming options and you have a decently powered desktop, so what else does it offer ?

Well, this is Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor, which means you get inkier blacks and better contrast, and of course the monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certified. samsung says (opens in a new tab) it also offers 100% color volume and DCI-99.3% color gamut, and although it’s curved, it’s a very smooth 1800R curvature.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8

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It offers 3440 x 1440 resolution and 175Hz refresh rates, which means you could hit 175fps if your gaming PC is powerful enough. It should also help you up your game in competitive jittery shooters, thanks to its pretty incredible 0.1ms response rate – that’s a tenth of the usual 1ms figure offered by most fast screens.

It also supports AMD FreeSync Premium for smooth gameplay, but there’s no mention of Nvidia’s G-Sync equivalent. That’s a little disappointing, as is the fact that despite being a big 34-inch screen, Samsung for some reason opted for Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPorts.

It does, however, have USB-C ports and also comes with Samsung’s sophisticated Core Lighting Plus technology, where the monitor projects colors matching your on-screen action onto the wall behind it for an eye-catching immersive light show.

No word on pricing just yet, but Samsung says it will be “available worldwide from Q4 2022”, so we should know that shortly. If you can’t wait and just need to upgrade your setup today, be sure to check out our list of the best gaming monitors before you shop.


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