Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 is a high-end TV disguised as a 49-inch curved gaming monitor

Samsung’s successor to the excellent Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor is almost here: the 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 will cost a whopping $2,499.99 when pre-ordered from Thursday, July 29. That’s nearly $1,000 more than the original, but this isn’t just any bump. The new Neo G9 now has a Mini LED backlit panel that can reach 2000 nits of brightness, with full-array local dimming for the kind of deeper blacks and convincing HDR that the original couldn’t quite pull off.

I recently had the enviable opportunity to test out the Odyssey Neo G9 with Eternal doom and Cyberpunk 2077, and the thing that struck me the most – aside from being practically shrouded in the 1000R curve – was the intense brightness of the display. Whether looking at the hazy skyline in Night City or staring at the infernal color palette as I ripped through demons, I was impressed by many things at once: how clean the contrast seemed even when I spun the mouse, and how rich some of the of the deeper colors appeared. The desktop connected to the monitor didn’t come close to taking advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate (you’ll need a very capable machine to get the most out of this monitor), but it was still an enjoyable, immersive experience. experience.

Like last year’s Odyssey G9, the Odyssey Neo G9 is a 49-inch curved monitor with a 5120 x 1440 resolution (it’s like two QHD displays smashed together), but several key specs have been improved and Samsung brings this high-end gaming inline monitor with its Neo series high-end TVs.

Mini-LED is definitely the highlight: it helps the Odyssey Neo G9 reproduce light scenes more accurately and make deeper blacks bloom less than traditional LED backlighting. In addition to that peak luminance of 2000 nits, or 2000 cd/m², Samsung says it has increased the number of local dimming zones to 2,048, compared to just 10 in last year’s model. It also supports HDR 10 Plus.

Another new trick that’s more subtle, but still welcome, is the CoreSync feature that can sync the monitor’s rear-facing light with what’s happening in the game for deeper immersion. It can apparently do this without having to install an app, although Samsung notes that you probably won’t notice the effect unless you’re in a dark room and the monitor is right up against the wall. (Note: The blue light behind the monitor in these images is not emitted by the rear light of the Odyssey Neo G9. It is a light that Samsung installed during the press conference.)

The Odyssey Neo G9 is Nvidia G-Sync compatible and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and variable refresh rate (VRR). It retains the same 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time as last year’s model – no quibbles there. But Samsung has also upgraded the two HDMI ports in the Odyssey Neo G9 to the newer 2.1 standard which provides enough bandwidth for your PC to take full advantage of the fast refresh rate and resolution over HDMI. That’s good, considering last year’s monitor had to pull some Display Stream Compression tricks to run 240Hz over DisplayPort, which didn’t play well with the latest AMD and Nvidia graphics on their debut.

Having HDMI 2.1 with VRR also means this monitor will support faster console refresh rates should those updates happen. Currently, the Xbox Series X supports 1440p at 120Hz and up to 4K, while the PS5 currently supports 1080p with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Odyssey Neo G9 also has a DisplayPort 1.4 port with adaptive sync, a headphone jack and two USB 3.0 ports.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

Here is the port layout on the Odyssey Neo G9.
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As my colleague Sean Hollister noted in his review of last year’s model, games can still look distorted at the edges in this 32:9 aspect ratio display. I noticed this in both titles I tried out, but hopefully more games will get proper super ultra-wide monitor support like the coming Halo Infinite. I would love to see that game run on the Neo G9.

That price of $2,499.99 though. Obviously, this monitor is for avid gamers who appreciate the curved design over other benefits some of the best OLED TVs and other high-end models offer today. But it’s impossible to ignore that at this point, you can get a larger OLED display with similar features and specs, plus 4K resolution, for a similar price – or lower. The sticker shock shouldn’t be lost on Samsung either, as it includes a free JBL Quantum One head-tracking gaming headset with pre-orders.

The Odyssey Neo G9 will ship worldwide on August 9, and we’ll take a closer look at this monitor then. For now, here are a few more photos I managed to snap at Samsung’s event.

Photography by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge