Samsung has announced its 2024 lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors, headlined by three new OLED models – the 49-inch curved G9, 32-inch G8, and 27-inch G6. Unveiled just ahead of CES 2023, these monitors boast key upgrades like higher refresh rates and an anti-glare coating while retaining the exceptional picture quality OLED is known for.
Cutting-Edge Gaming Panels
The monster 49-inch G9 model offers a 1800R curved DQHD (5120 x 1440) display running at up to 240Hz refresh rate. The G8 packs in a 4K UHD flat screen with 240Hz refresh rate in a more desk-friendly 32-inches size. Rounding out the lineup, the G6 rocks a 27-inch QHD display at a blistering 360Hz refresh rate.
All three OLED monitors feature true RGB self-lit pixels with an anti-glare coating that Samsung claims will eliminate reflections even in well-lit rooms. They cover 97.2% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and are VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certified. Together these specs ensure stunning contrast and color reproduction when gaming or consuming media.
Odyssey 2024 OLED Monitor Comparison
|DQHD (5120 x 1440)
Major Upgrades Over Previous Generation
The move to OLED alone marks a massive upgrade over Samsung’s previous LCD gaming panels. With per-pixel local dimming, OLED monitors can reach nearly infinite contrast ratios for true blacks – a key advantage for high fidelity HDR content.
These new models also represent large generational leaps in other areas. The 49-inch G9 sees a bump from 175Hz to 240Hz versus the prior year’s equivalent, answering calls for higher frame rates to match the latest GPUs and consoles. The 27-inch G6 makes an even more dramatic jump from just 144Hz previously to an extremely fluid 360Hz.
Anti-Glare Game Changer for Daytime Gaming
While past OLED monitors have offered exceptional picture quality, they have been hamstrung by significant glare issues making them impractical for bright environment use. Samsung’s new anti-glare coating could eliminate this long-standing pain point.
If it works as advertised, the ability to use these monitors in sun-filled rooms without harsh reflections would unlock OLED’s strengths for daytime gaming. Given modern GPU power, esports players in particular are sure to appreciate the combination of extreme frame rates and enhanced visibility.
Casual gamers who don’t always play in dark caves will also welcome this upgrade as it makes an OLED monitor far more livable for mixed media consumption and productivity work.
Aggressively Competitive Pricing Rumored
While Samsung hasn’t shared pricing details yet, rumors suggest the new monitors will launch at very competitive price points compared to alternatives on the market.
Previous generation Odyssey models have already been discounted heavily, like the 2022 model 49″ Neo G9 QD-OLED monitor seeing nearly 50% price cuts in the lead up CES 2023. If the pricing gossip proves accurate, these new OLED monitors could accelerate adoption in the high end gaming display segment.
Outlook for Samsung in Premium Gaming Monitor Market
Samsung appears well-positioned to capitalize on strong growth opportunities in the flourishing high end PC gaming monitor space.
Dedicated gaming displays are forecasted to increase from $3.6 billion revenue in 2022 to $4.4 billion globally by 2027 according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. Esports and competitive gaming continues to drive market share gains relative to traditional monitors.
While brands like ASUS and Acer have strong existing gaming monitor lineups, Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 has already claimed multiple “best gaming monitor” awards since its introduction. These latest advancements to their OLED monitor technology combined with Korea’s manufacturing scale could see Samsung emerge as the new leader in the premium segment.
If the early hype lives up to expectations, the 2024 Odyssey series incorporating key innovations like reduced glare on OLED seems poised to capture serious enthusiast mindshare – which only raises the stakes for competitors heading into the world’s largest technology show next week.
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