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Samsung's Odyssey Ark Gaming Monitor Has Google Stadia Built-In

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Samsung‘s monstrous 55-inch curved gaming monitor Odyssey Ark finally went on sale in the US earlier this week. Priced at $3,500, this monitor isn’t affordable by any means but you should get the ultimate PC gaming experience on it. We already know a lot about the hardware and software features it offers. And as the monitor arrives on store shelves, more details about its capabilities are coming in. According to 9to5Google, the Odyssey Ark runs Samsung’s Tizen OS and features the company’s Gaming Hub with built-in support for cloud gaming services such as Google Stadia and Xbox Game Pass.

Gaming Hub is a new feature that Samsung developed for its Tizen OS-powered smart TVs. Debuted earlier this year, the service brings all gaming resources to one place, enabling a seamless gaming experience. It lets you connect to a PC or game console to enjoy gameplay on the big screen. Twitch and YouTube integration further enable you to live stream gameplay.

On top of that, Gaming Hub comes built-in with most major cloud gaming services, including Google Stadia, Xbox Game Pass, GeForce Now, Ubotik, and Amazon Luna, which came out of beta in March this year. Samsung added support for Amazon’s solution last month as it continues to expand the Gaming Hub. And all of these features are available on the Odyssey Ark as it runs the full Tizen OS platform. This means the monitor also supports other TV apps such as Netflix and Disney+.

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The Odyssey Ark is a monster of a gaming monitor

Apart from these software features, the Odyssey Ark also boasts some eye-popping hardware capabilities. It is a 55-inch panel with a 1000R radius. So the screen is super-curved to offer an excellent viewing angle for an immersive gaming experience. The  Quantum mini-LED display refreshes at 165Hz with 1ms response time and variable refresh rate support. So you get super smooth gameplay too. Coupled with Dolby Atmos quad-speakers, it is more or less a personal theater for gaming.

Moreover, you can use the Odyssey Ark in both horizontal and vertical orientations. When used in the latter, it’s a massive screen towering well above your head. Should you need to use it for work purposes or multitasking, the screen can serve as three separate monitors. The Samsung Odyssey Ark is available to purchase in the US from the company’s official website as well as some third-party retailers for $3,499.99. You can find all purchase options and offers here.