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Samsung showcases Odyssey Ark at Gamescom: World’s first 55-inch curved screen

According to Samsung, their newest release Samsung Te Odyssey Ark is the world’s first 4K UHD 55-inch 1000R (a curved monitor that forms a circle with a radius of 1 meter) screen featuring AMD FreeSync, 165Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time.

Not bad for the everyday nerd who wants to upgrade her setup, right?

Jaxon experienced the screen live in action at Gamescom 2022 in the Samsung booth.

The Odyssey Ark curved 55 inch screen live at display at Gamescom 2022 in the Samsung booth.
Photo: Jaxon at Gamescom 2022

Impressive for everyone – valuable for true OGs only

Ok, the screen is undoubtedly insane. You just look at the… ginormous thing when you stand in front of it, thinking: “This would for sure upgrade my setup”. But would you benefit from it as a casual gamer? Not likely. The Samsung Ark is undoubtedly for true nerds.

The Samsung Ark is 55 inches, and you can split the screen into either 1 big, 2, 3 (in various modes), or 4 screens in what Samsung calls “multiscreen flexibility”.

Furthermore, Samsung added “Sound Dome Technology” and “cinematic sound delivered through four speakers at each corner and two central woofers” to enhance your gaming experience.

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The 55-inch curved Samsung Ark can be configured in different screen settings. Photo: Samsung.com.

The gimmicky trick with Samsung Ark, though, is the ability to flip the screen to vertical mode. It makes sense if you have limited horizontal space but still crave a lot of screens.

One thing I miss is the possibility to display multiple HDMI signals simultaneously, so you could hook up your gaming and work pc to the same screen.

Another thing we lacked was a showcase of a game that would fully benefit from the 55-inch curvy 4K resolution, like a racing game like Forza Horizon 5 or Lost Ark.

The Samsung Odyssey Ark is priced at $3,500.

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You can flip and use the screen in vertical mode.
Photo: Jaxon at Gamescom 2022

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