Samsung’s follow-up to the excellent Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor is almost here – the 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 will cost a staggering $ 2,499.99 when it pre-orders starting Thursday, July 29. That’s almost $ 1,000 more than the original, but this is not just a simple increase. The new Neo G9 now has a Mini LED backlit panel that can hit 2,000 nits of brightness, with full-matrix local dimming for the kind of deeper blacks and compelling HDR the original didn’t quite achieve.
I recently had the enviable opportunity to test the Odyssey Neo G9 with Doom Eternal other Cyberpunk 2077, and what caught my attention the most, besides being practically wrapped in its 1000R curve, was the intense brightness of the screen. Whether I was staring at the hazy horizon in Night City or looking at the hellish color palette as I traversed demons, I was impressed by many things at once: how clean the contrast seemed even as I rotated the mouse, and how rich some of the colors appeared. deeper. The desktop connected to the monitor didn’t come close to taking advantage of its 240Hz refresh rate (you’ll need a very capable machine to get the most out of this monitor), but it was still a nice and immersive experience.
Like last year’s Odyssey G9, the Odyssey Neo G9 is a 49-inch curved monitor with a 5120 x 1440 resolution (it’s like two QHD displays put together), but several key specs have been improved, and Samsung is lining up this one. high-end game. monitor with your Neo series of high-end televisions.
Mini LED is definitely the highlight: it helps the Odyssey Neo G9 display light scenes more accurately and give deeper blacks less brightness than traditional LED backlighting. In addition to that peak luminance of 2000 nits, or 2000 cd / m², Samsung says it increased the number of local dimming zones to 2,048 compared to just 10 on last year’s model. It also supports HDR 10 Plus.
Another new trick that’s more subtle, but still welcome, is the CoreSync feature that can sync the monitor’s backlight with what’s happening in-game for a deeper dive. You can apparently do this without having to install an app, although Samsung notes that you probably won’t notice the effect unless you’re in a dark room and the monitor is against the wall. (Note: the blue light behind the monitor in these images is not emitted from the Odyssey Neo G9’s taillight. It is a light that Samsung installed at the press conference).
The Odyssey Neo G9 is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and is compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and variable refresh rate (VRR). It retains the same 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time from last year’s model, with no issues there. But Samsung also updated the two HDMI ports on the Odyssey Neo G9 to the newer 2.1 standard that offers enough bandwidth to allow your PC to take full advantage of its fast refresh rate and resolution over HDMI. That’s good, considering last year’s monitor had to use some Display Stream Compression tricks to get 240Hz to work over DisplayPort, which didn’t work well with the newer AMD and Nvidia graphics cards on their debut.
Having HDMI 2.1 with VRR also means that this monitor will support faster refresh rates from consoles in the future, those updates should happen. Currently, the Xbox Series X supports 1440p at 120Hz and up to 4K, while the PS5 currently supports 1080p at a 120Hz refresh rate. The Odyssey Neo G9 also features a DisplayPort 1.4 port with adaptive syncing, along with a headphone jack and two USB 3.0 ports.
As my colleague Sean Hollister pointed out in his review of last year’s model, games can still look warped around the edges on this 32: 9 aspect ratio screen. I noticed this in both titles I tested, but hopefully more games have. the right mount for super ultrawide monitors like the next Infinite halo. I would really love to see that game on the Neo G9.
However, that price of $ 2,499.99. It’s clear that this monitor is for enthusiastic gamers who value the curved design over other advantages offered by some of the best OLED TVs and other high-end models these days. But it’s impossible to ignore that at this point, you can get a larger OLED screen with similar features and specs, plus 4K resolution, for a similar price, or less. Samsung may not lose the sticker’s impact either, as it includes a JBL Quantum One gaming headset with free head tracking with pre-orders.
The Odyssey Neo G9 will ship worldwide on August 9, and then we’ll take a closer look at this monitor. For now, here are a few more photos I was able to take at the Samsung event.
Photograph by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge