Written By: Steve Vegvari
A new year can only mean new technology innovations. What better place to display the most cutting edge technology that Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. The four day event took place from Tuesday, January 9th until Friday, January 12th in Nevada.
All the biggest brands from LG to HP all the way down to the smaller guys showed up to push the boundaries on everyday tech. There were quite a few standout piece of hardware this year.
HTC introduced the newest selection off their Vive line of VR headsets. The Vive Pro sports a 2880×1600 screen resolution. Bringing an improved screen resolution which will amount to a more crisp and clean experience.
Vive Pro has built in audio headphones with a built in amplifier. The upgrades to both audio and visual components will surely cater to the biggest VR enthusiasts and enrich the gaming performance. The headset is also as give VR enthusiasts outside of the gaming bubble a great piece of hardware on everyday applications.
HTC also unveiled their Vive Wireless Adapter. The sleek component will allow VR headset users the ability to finally engage in the content without worrying about getting tangled in the headset cords. With interference-free 60Ghz, the adapter will give freedom to the user, without interuptions to latency or performance to the content.
Sticking to VR, the folks at Intel revealed their plans for True VR content during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This will mark the largest VR event to date, and the first VR event created for the Olympics. In conjunction with select broadcasters, users will be able to use their VR headsets and become immersed in an interactive experience during the games.
Users will be able to view the events live and feel as though they are sitting in the stands. The app will be capable of picture-in-picture capabilities, highlight reels, and selectable viewpoints.
If sitting in the stands isn’t your thing, the True VR experience will give users the option to catch up with a select number of athletes as they prepare to compete in the games. Missed an anticipated competition? Not to worry as there will be an archive of all available games waiting for you when you get around to strapping into the headset. Compatible headsets include the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, and Windows Mixed Reality.
HP announced their newest line of laptops. The new Spectre x360 15 is a powerhouse of a gaming computer built into the sleek body of a 4.3lb laptop with a 15.6in 4K monitor. Spectre is one of the first laptops to back release with Intel’s 8th Gen Core Processor and Radeon RX Vega M graphics card.
The model itself might only be an incremental upgrade from last year’s. However, the power inside should entice PC gaming players. Acompanied by an advertised 15 hour battery life and the ability to fold the keyboard back for tablet use, this piece of hardware should speak to gaming enthusiasts and content creators alike.
Perhaps you may be looking for setup that won’t break the bank. Acer has you covered with the Nitro 5 laptop line. This cost efficient laptop will give the more casual player base a strong piece of tech they can take with them during the day.
The Nitro 5 has a 15in 1080p display with a black and crimson colour scheme paired with a backlit keyboard. Under the hood, Nitro 5 comes stocked with 32GB of RAM, a AMD Radeon RX560 Graphics Card and 512GB of SSD storage.
NVIDIA toes the line between TV and gaming monitor with the new 4K 65in BFGD. The BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) is packed with full HDR and 120Hz refresh rate. NVIDIA’s BFGD model caters to PC gamers who are urning for a TV display experience without sacrificing latency.
No, it is not 2001, but the Xbox “Duke” controller is making a comeback. The infamously heavy duty controller has been redesigned and modernized for a new generation.
What started as a passion project by Seamus Blackley was on the CES floor. Blackley’s “Duke” is an exact replica of the large, weighty controller. Instead of the rubber Xbox logo that laid in the middle, an operational OLED screen will omit the original Xbox boot up screen sequence when pressed.
While nostalgia is a key component of the new “Duke”, modernization plays a part here as well. The new model gives us small bumpers above the triggers. While the white and black buttons remain, use is currently unknown.
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.