Curved monitors were generally introduced to make the viewing experience more immersive. If you’re playing a game or watching a movie, having the edges of the monitor curve towards you can make you feel like you’re in the said game or movie.
But is there a market for a vertically positioned, curved monitor? Samsung is about to find out.
On Tuesday, the company announced the Samsung Odyssey Ark, a big, curvy monitor that can be pivoted to the side and used in vertical position.
The details on the device are very scarce; we know it has a 55-inch, 4K display panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and comes with a wireless dial controller that you can use to manage lighting and interface. It also has a height-adjustable stand with pivot and tilt functionality.
Samsung says all of this provides “optimal comfort,” which should make it “perfect for people doing everything from editing to gaming at home.” But gamers will almost always opt for a standard, horizontal orientation. And even if you stack a couple of these side-to-side for a massive, curvy, multi-monitor, vertical experience, the benefits over standard, flat monitors (or even curved monitors stacked horizontally on top of one another) are unclear. It looks cool, though.
There’s no word on price or when the Odyssey Ark may hit the market.