When the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 went on sale for $999 the other week, two Verge editors ditched their multi-monitor setups in favour of a single 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9. But the company isn’t content with simply filling your horizontal field of view with 49 inches of real estate; today at CES, it’s unveiling a 55-inch curved screen with a special stand that allows you to turn the massive display vertically, allowing it to curve right over your head.
It’s called the Samsung Odyssey Ark, and the business is promoting it as a real product that will be released in the second half of the year in the United States. The panel appears to include quantum dot colour and Mini LED illumination, but we don’t have a price or a specific delivery date. It’s unclear whether the Odyssey Ark is intended for gaming, productivity, fashion, or all of the above.
Because the details are so sparse, I’m going to share everything Samsung supplied us with you:
- Odyssey Ark is a next-generation flexible monitor that is ideal for people who do everything at home, from editing to gaming. With a curved 55-inch display and 16:9 aspect ratio, the Ark is the next industry-leading gaming display.
- The HAS (Height Adjustable Stand), pivot and tilt features, as well as excellent ergonomic design, provide the best possible gaming experience. This revolutionary vertical cockpit-style rotating display offers a unique gaming experience and can be set up in portrait or landscape mode for multitasking and multi-window settings.
- Users may set Odyssey Ark precisely how they want it with a completely flexible screen size to fit the game or programme without sacrificing its 4K display or brilliant, colourful visuals thanks to multiview features. A wireless dial controller is included with the display to control the lighting and the interface
Even though the curvature seems similar from here, it wouldn’t be nearly the same with a 16:9 aspect ratio as those older super-ultrawide 32:9 panels. (Does this imply that it’s merely a curved TV? Not quite, although these days, TVs and monitors are getting a lot closer.) The standard aspect ratio could assist with the stretching effect I noticed in games, as well as reduce the amount of empty area surrounding movies and shows.
I first struggled to think of a reason why I’d want to turn one of these incredibly curved monitors vertically after reviewing a pair of them. However, watching it in action, as captured by Tim Schofield, reveals much more of the Odyssey Ark’s multitasking potential.