Samsung’s follow-up excellent curved Odyssey G9 game monitor is almost here: the 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 will cost a staggering $ 2,499.99 when pre-ordered on Thursday, July 29th. That’s almost $ 1,000 more than the original, but this isn’t just a simple bump. The new Neo G9 now features a Mini LED backlit panel that can achieve 2,000 brightness, full matrix with local dimming for such deeper blacks and convincing HDR that the original failed.
I recently had the enviable opportunity to test the Odyssey Neo G9 app Doom eternal and Cyberpunk 2077, and the thing that stood out from me the most – apart from the fact that it was practically surrounded by its 1000R curve, was the strong brightness of the screen. Whether looking at the foggy skyline of the night city or staring at the color palette of hell tearing through demons, I was affected by many things at once: how pure contrast appeared as I sneaked around the mouse and how rich a portion of the deeper colors appeared. The desktop connected to the monitor has nowhere near taken advantage of its 240 Hz refresh rate (you need a highly capable machine to get the most out of this monitor), but it was still an enjoyable, immersive experience.
Like last year’s Odyssey G9, the Odyssey Neo G9 has a 49-inch curved screen with a resolution of 5120 x 1440 (it’s like splitting two QHD monitors together), but several key details have been improved, and Samsung targets this high-end gaming Neo series with televisions.
The Mini LED is definitely the highlight: it helps the Odyssey Neo G9 display more accurately and gives deeper blacks fewer blooms than a traditional LED backlight. On top of that peak luminance 2000 nits or 2000 cd / m², Samsung says it increased the number of local dimming zones by 2048 to just 10 in last year’s model. It also supports HDR 10 Plus.
Another new trick, which is more subtle but still welcome, is the CoreSync feature, which can synchronize the backlight of the screen with what’s going on inside the game for deeper immersion. It can obviously do this without having to install the app, although Samsung points out that you probably won’t notice the effect unless you’re in a dark room and the screen is directly against the wall. (Note: In these images, the blue light behind the screen does not come from the backlight of the Odyssey Neo G9. It is the light that Samsung installed at the press conference.)
The Odyssey Neo G9 is Nvidia G-Sync compatible and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). It maintains the same 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time as last year’s model – there’s no nonsense. But Samsung also upgraded the two HDMI ports on the Odyssey Neo G9 to the newer 2.1 standard, which provides enough bandwidth for your computer to take advantage of all the fast refresh rate and resolution via HDMI. That’s good considering last year’s display had to pull some Display Stream Compression tricks to make 240Hz work over the DisplayPort, which didn’t play well with the latest AMD and Nvidia graphics cards debuted.
Using HDMI 2.1 and VRR also means that this monitor supports faster refresh rates from consoles if updates occur. At the moment The Xbox Series X supports 1440p at 120 Hz and up to 4K, while The PS5 currently supports 1080p with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The Odyssey Neo G9 also has one DisplayPort 1.4 port with adaptive syncing, a headphone jack, and two USB 3.0 ports.
As my colleague Sean Hollister said in his review of last year’s model, games can still look warped around the edges on this 32: 9 screen. I noticed this in both of the titles I tried, but hopefully more games will get the right super-ultra-wide screen support like the future Halo infinite. I would really like to see the game work on the Neo G9.
That brings the $ 2499.99 price though. Clearly, this display is for enthusiasts who appreciate curved design over other benefits some of the best OLED TVs and other high-end models are bringing in today. But it’s impossible to ignore that at this point, you get a bigger OLED display with similar features and specifications, as well as 4K resolution at a similar price – or cheaper. The sticker shock also can’t get lost in Samsung because it includes free JBL Quantum One headphones by pre-order.
The Odyssey Neo G9 will be shipped worldwide on August 9th, and we will then take a closer look at this display. Here are a few more photos that I was able to click on for the Samsung event.
Photographer: Cameron Faulkner / The Verge