Samsung’s new 55-inch gaming monitor has a crazy ‘cockpit’ mode

Samsung has launched a huge 55-inch monitor as part of its Odyssey gaming line. The curved TV-like monitor is for gamers who want the screen size of a TV with the high refresh rate and low latency of a gaming monitor.

The Ark of the Odyssey (opens in a new tab) features a 1000R curved screen that is meant to envelop and immerse the user in whatever they play. It uses Samsung’s Quantum Matrix technology powered by mini Quantum LEDs; Deciphering these buzzwords suggests the display should have better control of tightly packed pixels, which should lead to better control of light and detail. In theory, this means the Ark should handle HDR games very well. Samsung uses this technology in its Neo QLED TVs, so we’re expecting solid picture performance from its distant gaming cousin.

Alongside Quantum Matrix technology, the Ark runs at 4k resolution up to 165Hz, a very tempting spec for PC gamers and next-gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. A note for console gamers, this new monitor features HDMI 2.1 which makes it VRR compatible, while still being able to reach those high frame rates at 4K.

One of the most important features of the Ark is the ability to rotate the screen 90 degrees to initiate “cockpit mode”, which involves rotating the screen so that it sits vertically on the adjustable bracket. You can see the monitor go into “cockpit mode” in the video below.

Samsung has built-in adaptable picture modes via the Ark Dial, an exclusive controller that, just like Samsung TVs, has a solar panel and a USB C port for charging.

It is designed to give you quick access to a host of game-related features; some of these include Game Bar (more on that below), Multi-View to show four screens at once for maximum multitasking, Quick Settings, and Flex Move Screen that lets you adjust the size from 55 inch screen up to 27 inch as well as adjust the aspect ratio.

Samsung’s Game Hub is also built in, providing easy access to game streaming services like Google Stadia and Xbox streaming, which recently launched on Samsung TVs. On top of that, the Game Bar feature found on its TVs is also present, allowing you to check the status of your refresh rate, HDR and VRR in real time. Finally, the monitor includes an integrated soundbar speaker arrangement consisting of four speakers, with Samsung’s “Sound Dome Tech” which includes AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos.

The Odyssey Ark retails for £2,599 / $3,500 / AU$4,000. Samsung seems to have jammed this monster monitor with plenty of gaming features, could this be the TV/monitor crossover we’ve been waiting for?


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