In August of 2022, Samsung unveiled the Odyssey OLED G8, the first of its gaming monitors to come equipped with a quantum dot OLED (QD-OLED) display. This powerful monitor is now available to pre-order at a cost of $1,499 on Samsung’s website and at select retailers.
Similar to Alienware’s 2021 QD-OLED gaming monitor, this Samsung monitor offers an 1800R curvature, 3440 x 1440 resolution, and a rapid 175Hz refresh rate. Moreover, it features the same True Black 400 spec that is purported to produce up to 400 nits of peak brightness. Nonetheless, my former colleague Cameron Faulkner notes that HDTVTest determined Alienware’s monitor is only capable of reaching approximately 280 nits when displaying a full white screen; thus, the Odyssey OLED G8 may suffer from a similar dilemma.
On top of these impressive specs, the Odyssey OLED G8 grants gamers the ability to play without connecting a console or PC. Thanks to Samsung’s Gaming Hub, a portal integrated within the monitor, players can access cloud gaming services such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass. The Gaming Hub additionally provides access to streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube TV.