Samsung has just announced the global launch of Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, adding a new form factor to the industry-leading Odyssey lineup.
The huge display delivers a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG), plus an all new rotating Cockpit Mode and an exclusive controller, the Ark Dial – offering a riveting window into the world of gaming with impressive immersion.
“We are excited to unveil this unique, next-generation gaming screen, the Odyssey Ark. This 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen brings together premium, cinematic picture quality, immersive surround sound and an incredibly flexible interface which gamers increasingly demand,” said Hyesung Ha, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The gaming community craves new experiences and Odyssey Ark delivers access to a new world of gaming that will raise standards across the entire industry.”
The groundbreaking Odyssey Ark is built to deliver incredible cinematic experiences, amazing gaming performance and an interface that offers optimised flexibility. Originally unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the Odyssey Ark was recognised as a CES Innovation Award Honoree.
The large 55-inch screen is designed to wrap around the user’s field of view thanks to its 1000R curvature. This is further emphasised by Cockpit Mode, which helps enable the screen to rotate with HAS (Height Adjustable Stand), tilt and pivot functionality for an optimal screen environment that creates a new sense of world-blending immersion.
The Odyssey Ark brings Samsung’s Quantum Matrix Technology to bear, using Quantum Mini LEDs, which enable ultra-fine and precise control of the densely packed LEDs. With newly added 14-bit processing, a sophisticated lighting control technology, gamers see both dark and bright scenes, including 16,384 black levels for realistic graphics.
A million-to-one static contrast ratio helps bring out subtle details with incredible clarity. Plus, the Neural Quantum Processor Ultra takes content quality to new heights by using data generated from 20 neural networks to enhance every visual detail, and can upscale content to up to 4K resolution.
For supreme cinematic experience, the Odyssey Ark leverages Samsung’s Matte Display and Sound Dome Technology. The Matte Display is designed to provide both anti-glare and anti-reflection protection, minimising distractions and helps keep users focused on the content in front of them. The Odyssey Ark can introduce magnificent sound with ‘Sound Dome Tech’ featuring AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos to help enhance the surround sound experience. Four speakers, one at each corner, and two central woofers result in realistic and rich sound thanks to a 60W 2.2.2 channel with the lowest 45Hz notes of any gaming screen or gaming soundbar.
Along with the 165Hz refresh rate, the Odyssey Ark brings together a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution featuring 1ms response time (GtG) with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, maximising on-screen accuracy and can give gamers a competitive edge in fast-moving environments. The Odyssey Ark also delivers powerful gaming performance and enables gamers to experience the best of gaming in one place with Samsung Gaming Hub.
Gamers increasingly expect personalised and customisable gaming experiences. The Odyssey Ark provides a range of innovative features that let gamers adjust screen size, position and even ratio for an optimal gaming setup. First, the solar-powered Ark Dial – the exclusive controller for the Odyssey Ark – can quickly and simply control a variety of settings, including Flex Move Screen, Multi View, Quick Settings and Game Bar.
Flex Move Screen allows users to adjust screen size between 55- and 27-inches, change the screen position and even switch the screen ratio between 16:9, 21:9 and 32:9 – all with just one touch of Ark Dial. This freedom in not only horizontal, but also vertical position, is designed to give users even more control of the viewing experience. Multi View allows users to use the large screen to its full potential by displaying up to four screens all at once while horizontal, or three while in Cockpit Mode. This reduces the need for multi-monitor setups, so gamers can enjoy a clutter-free environment.
Game Bar is a powerful tool enabling gamers to quickly and easily view their gaming status and control important settings without ever needing to leave the game screen. From checking FPS (Frames Per Second), HDR (High Dynamic Range) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), to adjusting settings such as screen ratio, response time and Game Picture mode, Game Bar puts the player in control and on the road to victory.
As well as being equipped with a solar panel, the Ark Dial can also be charged by a USB Type-C connection, minimising the need for any disposable batteries.
The release date and pricing of the Odyssey Ark is yet to be announced.