Published on September 27th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
Samsung announces Australian pricing and availability for Odyssey Ark gaming monitor
Samsung Electronics Australia has today announced that the Odyssey Ark – the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen – will be available for purchase in Australia from 24 October 2022 (RRP: $4,499). Australian’s eager to secure their new personal gaming theatre can pre-order an Odyssey Ark from today until 23 October 2022, via the Samsung Online Store and Harvey Norman. To take gaming to the next level, every Odyssey Ark monitor purchased during the pre-order period via the Samsung Online Store will receive the award-winning Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 chair with a limited edition Odyssey Magnetic Head Pillow (valued at $759), as well as a Samsung 980 PRO NVMe SSD1TB (valued at $235).
Adding a new form factor to the industry-leading Odyssey lineup, the Odyssey Ark’s 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.
The Odyssey Ark is the ultimate Samsung entertainment screen, equipped with all the necessary features to deliver premium gaming, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. A simple Wi-Fi connection transforms the Odyssey Ark into a Smart TV, giving access to popular streaming apps and free live content with no downloads or sign-ups made possible by Samsung TV Plus.
“We are excited to bring this unique screen to our shores to give local gamers access to a new standard of immersive gaming and a winning edge every time they play,” said Phil Gaut, Senior Director – Display & Brand Memory, Samsung Australia. “The Odyssey Ark brings together cinematic picture quality, immersive surround sound, and an incredibly flexible interface that enables gamers to compete, socialise, and multi-task during game play without missing a beat. When it’s time to hang up their headphones, gamers have access to a premium Smart TV entertainment and lifestyle experience all in one epic monitor.”
Originally unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the groundbreaking Odyssey Ark was recognised as a CES Innovation Award Honoree.
A New Cinematic Experience That Appeal to the Senses
Check out the Odyssey Ark’s specifications via this infographic
The Odyssey Ark’s large 55-inch screen is designed to enhance the viewing experience by wrapping around the user’s field of view thanks to the monitor’s 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 stati 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.
Flexible Interface To Find The Perfect Settings for Victory
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.
Ultimate Samsung Entertainment Screen with Incredible Gaming Performance
The Odyssey Ark is equipped with all the necessary features to deliver premium gaming, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. When connected to Wi-Fi, Smart Hub integrates essential IoT devices and functionality, allowing users to monitor and adjust settings such as temperature and humidity through the SmartThings app.
Odyssey line-up extended to offer Smart Services and Even Slicker Gameplay
The Odyssey Ark sits at the pinnacle of Samsung’s gaming monitor line-up, with the Odyssey G7 (G70B) and G6 (G65B) soon to join the 2022 line-up. Unveiled at GamesCom 2022, the Odyssey G7 and G6 monitors will also feature Samsung’s Smart Platform, doubling up as a Gaming Monitor and Smart TV, and include the option to create a home office environment even without a PC.
Furthermore, Samsung’s first OLED gaming monitor, the Odyssey OLED G8, was announced at IFA 2022. The monitor will be available in an ultra-thin, 34-inch form factor, delivering brilliant brightness on an OLED panel partnered with Quantum Dot Technology and packed full of incredible gaming features.
The Samsung Odyssey Ark monitor will be available for purchase in Australia from 24 October 2022 (RRP: $4,499) with pre-order available from today via the Samsung Online Store and Harvey Norman.
From today until 23 October 2022, Samsung’s Online Store is offering a bonus Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Series Gaming Chair with a limited edition Odyssey Magnetic Head Pillow (valued at $759) as well as a Samsung 980 PRO NVMe SSD1TB (valued at $235) with every pre-order purchase of the Odyssey Ark.
Odyssey Ark pre-order purchases made via Harvey Norman will come with a $1,000 Harvey Norman gift card to redeem in store
Pricing and availability for the Odyssey OLED G8, Odyssey G7, and Odyssey G6 in Australia is yet to be announced.