Samsung S95B OLED Gaming Review: It’s Good

OLED TVs have been considered the best of the best for the past decade, due to their extraordinary light control that allows blacker blacks to appear. But since 2013, when Samsung released the company’s last curved OLED TV screens, the technology has largely been the domain of LG and Sony. However, this year Samsung got back into making OLED TVs and I went to check out the Samsung S95B OLED TV to see if it’s good for games and how it compares to the competition.

What is the Samsung S95B OLED?

Well, it’s an OLED TV. More than that, it is a very good OLED TV with the following key specs:

  • HDR 10+ certified
  • 4600 PQI
  • Ultra viewing angle
  • Neural Quantum Processor 4K
  • 120Hz
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Game Mode with Mini Map Zoom and Freesync Premium
  • 4 HDMI 2.1 ports
  • Beautiful solar remote control
  • 1ms pixel response time

Usually that’s a lot of words to say “it has a great picture and plays games well”. OLEDs usually have very good wide viewing angles, and these allow you to see vibrant colors even if you have a bad seat on the other side of the couch, or are trying to see from the kitchen.

Like the vast majority of OLED TVs, it’s very thin and looks good in any room, but also terrifying to wear should you ever have to move.

How does it compare to Samsung’s mini LED TVs?

Samsung S95B OLED with a Forza Horizon 5 car on it
Image: Alice Clarke

Very beneficial! But that’s like saying pasta and pizza are both excellent. They are both really great foods, but they are better for different purposes and different people have different preferences. Pasta is also better.

Objectively speaking, OLED TVs are generally better at black-black, while mini LED TVs are better at white-white, while not as bad at black-black as their regular LED cousins. OLED TVs perform better in dark rooms, while mini LEDs are the best choice for bright rooms.

This Samsung OLED can get brighter than Christmas Past’s OLEDs, but it still won’t get as bright as a Neo QLED when exposed to direct sunlight.

However, subjectively I prefer the colors on the mini LED. While some people find the red on the Samsung OLED extremely vibrant (someone said “too vibrant”), I found it a bit faded on some sources. This is an interesting insight into how people see color differently, and I like that. Not useful in any way, but very beautiful.

I’m not sure what caused the red thing as it was on Xbox Cloud Gaming and YouTube which are built-in apps, but then the red on Xbox Series X looked really good, and it was great on the Netflix app . Is it the apps? Because the same videos in the same apps are really vibrant red on my NeoQLED Samsung TV. Maybe it’s something in the apps that doesn’t talk well to the TV? Since the red was good on some sources, I’m going to say it’s probably not the TV’s fault, but it’s worth mentioning anyway.

Another thing I found annoying was that the text looked a little blurry with smaller captions. Boosting the subtitles to a slightly larger size made it less blurry, but it was a bit frustrating with sources that only have small captions (which are always annoying anyway). This may be due to the TV’s unusual pixel structure, but it’s only noticeable at small text.

Considering the price and how good it looks, it’s a great TV for your normal, not extremely bright rooms, especially since OLED is still better at color and brightness control than anything else out there.

Yes, but is the Samsung S95B OLED TV good for playing games?

Samsung S95B OLED with a car on grass from Forza Horizon 5
Image: Alice Clarke

Yes, extreme.

For casual gamers, Xbox Cloud Gaming is built-in so you can access Xbox Game Pass games. That’s great for families who want to play without investing in an expensive console because they’re not sure how often they’ll play, or for PlayStation owners who want to play an Xbox game every now and then.

I spent about 45 minutes playing Forza Horizon 5 in the cloud, and it was a fantastic experience. The delay was surprisingly minimal, so much so that I barely noticed. The only thing that betrayed that it was in the cloud and not on a console is that it looked pretty bad as if it were SD, and it certainly wasn’t the 120fps I’m used to. That is because the internet connection was not optimal. But since I was playing a full console game, without console or downloading the game, that seemed like magic.

Playing Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X looked like excellent. At a buttery 120 fps in performance mode, it just played so well. Game Mode boosts HDR clarity and gives you access to things like being able to enlarge the minimap (which for some reason I couldn’t activate in Forza), seeing how the variable frame rate goes, and the option to toggle from 16 :9 to 32:9 or 21:9 for an ultra-wide view.

The other thing that makes this TV great for gaming is how easy it is to set up images from multiple sources so you can have one window with a YouTube guide if you get stuck, and another that mirrors your phone for Discord- chat or something else . Having multi-view will look better on the larger 65″ because the 55″ may not have enough real estate unless you are very, very close.

Samsung S95B OLED TV to watch things

Samsung S95B OLED with two characters from A League of Their Own on the screen
You should watch A League Of Their Own. Image: Alice Clarke.

Of course, TVs aren’t just for playing games, apparently, and I was very impressed with how this TV looked with a variety of different sources and videos.

On The Marvelous Mrs Maisel in 4K, the bright costumes really popped on those super dark black backgrounds in the clubs. It looked perfect.

Going from one of the more expensive TV shows going around to a web series made many years ago for about 50 cents, the scaling up made the Carmilla web series look significantly better than usual.

Watching 4K wildlife documentaries on YouTube was a real pleasure, even if the red of the parrot on YouTube faded strangely for no good reason that I can discern.

Samsung S95B OLED TV vs LG C2: Fight

“Fancy OLED TV that looks really good and costs about $4000 for 65” may sound very familiar to people who also read about the LG C2, which is usually my most recommended OLED TV. The biggest spec difference between the two is that the LG supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10+, while Samsung only supports HDR 10+. Dolby Vision HDR just looks better if you’re a huge geek who will notice those things. However, unless you have them side by side, or are used to a TV with Dolby Vision, you probably won’t notice much. Both Xbox Series X and PS5 can handle Dolby Vision and HDR 10+, so it’s not that big of a loss for most people.

On the other hand, the Samsung uses the more luxurious QD-OLED technology, which is normally found in the more expensive Sony models, so it’s a decent trade-off between nicer tech and Dolby Vision, for less money than the Sony. Plus, the LG C2 is usually a few hundred bucks more expensive than the Samsung S95B, and with their specs so close, it’s fine to just pick which of the two is cheapest at the time you want to buy.

Are there any accessories to watch besides this TV?

The answer to the question “do I need a soundbar with this TV?” is always yes, unless you have a full surround sound system. I tested this TV with the S-Series Ultra Slim soundbar and was amazed at how good it sounded for how small and beautiful it looked. It handled everything I threw at it from crunchy Forza Horizon 5 car revs to smooth jazz. Without the soundbar, the TV sound was surprisingly bearable, but with the soundbar it sounded really great. Get the sound bar.

Should I hurry and buy a Samsung S95B OLED TV right away?

Samsung S95B OLED with Beebo from Legends of Tomorrow on the screen
Image: Alice Clarke

If you can find it at a price that you like, you are specifically looking for an OLED TV, and you like this one, sure. It’s a great television.

The only thing that stops me from recommending it fully is that it’s really hard to separate the LG C2 and Samsung S95B. They are both really good. I also don’t know how bright your room is, because OLED is the best choice in a dark room while mini LED is the best choice in a brighter room, and that’s one of the deciding factors in which TV is the right one for you. .

That said, I really enjoyed the time I had with the S95B. The OS is pretty good, the remote is excellent (assuming you don’t like number keys to watch free-to-air TV), and it’s a nice set. It’s a great television.

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