Samsung’s Odyssey Ark monitor wants to kill your gaming PC

Samsung has made a lot of great gaming monitors over the years, and they’ve also steadily made their way into the cloud gaming realm through their continued partnership with Microsoft. Until now, most of their cloud ambitions have been neatly contained within the console space, but today Samsung unveiled their latest cloud-enabled PC monitors, presumably in the hope that the combination of Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna services in their integrated Samsung Gaming Hubs will be enough to convince people to part with their towers once and for all.

Samsung first announced their Gaming Hub cloud gaming platform for their smart TVs back in July, and it’s the same service that will be available on their Odyssey Ark and Odyssey G70B and G65B monitors, which were unveiled at Gamescom this week and will be available before the end of the year. Samsung says they’re all designed to provide a complete home gaming PC experience without the need for dedicated PC hardware, though people can still connect them wirelessly to a Windows or Mac device if they prefer.

The G70B will be available in 28-inch and 32-inch screen sizes, and their IPS panels will feature a 144Hz refresh rate, up to 4K resolution, and support for both AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro technology and an Nvidia G-Sync Compatible badge.

The G65B, on the other hand, comes in curved 27-inch and 32-inch flavors with a resolution of 2560×1440, complemented by an even higher 240Hz refresh rate. Like the G70B, it’s also a FreeSync Premium Pro monitor, though there’s no mention in their announcement statement that it’s an official G-Sync compatible too.

A young person pretends to play a game in portrait mode on the Samsung Odyssey Ark gaming monitor

I also refuse to believe that anyone actually plays games in portrait mode.

Then there’s the super chic Odyssey Ark, which Samsung calls the “ultimate entertainment display.” This huge 55 inch curved behemoth is one of Samsung’s Quantum Mini-LED displays and comes with their patented Matte Display and Sound Dome technology. I believe the former amounts to an anti-glare and anti-glare coating, but the ‘Sound Dome’ will apparently deliver a 60W 2.2.2 channel audio system through its four integrated speakers on each corner of the Ark, and two woofers in the middle. It also has something Samsung calls a “Cockpit Mode,” which is perhaps the fanciest marketing jargon I’ve ever heard for height-adjustable stand, tilt, and swivel functionality.

Stupid marketing aside, it has a standard 165Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology like the others and Samsung’s Gaming Hub. But seriously, who is going to sit at their desk staring at a 55-inch monitor in all fairness? You’re actually talking about a television at this point, and I refuse to call it anything else.

Unsurprisingly, the Ark is also out of this world expensive, priced at £2600. No word yet on how much the other Odyssey monitors will cost, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see every bare minimum down to a large sum to look. For that kind of price, I’m not sure you’ll really save that much over a traditional PC and monitor combo, but you never know. Maybe they’ll make a huge impression on hardware editor James once he sees them in real life. In the meantime though, I think I’ll stick with my current setup, thanks.


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