Although CES is not really a dedicated gaming expo as much as E3 is, the CES gaming tech set for the year ahead looks awesome. This year especially, we saw some major new movements in cloud-powered gaming, as well as some neat new hardware from Acer, and Logitech. Here are some of the best 2017 CES gaming devices.
Ever wanted to play a game but you just did not have the graphics card and PC power to do so? NVIDIA are going to fix that with its new cloud-powered streaming service. The service will work in a way that all you need to do is launch the game you want to play on any PC or Mac, and the power of cloud-based GPUs will render the game and stream it back to you. It is a genius creation if you ask us as it allows anyone to play the latest games on the most powerful hardware out there. The only problem is the price is a bit steep at $20 for 20 hours of gameplay for a mid-ranged experience, and the price goes up the higher your visual requirements go. The other issue is internet, as chances are you will need a pretty fast connection to stream these games. On the bright side, it is an awesome idea and the start of something new and one of our favourite CES gaming moments.
Logitech has always had a stellar range of headphones, and the latest G553 model is going to raise the bar even higher for the tech company. The headphones pack a brand new design with some of the best features we have seen in a headset to date. Here are some of the standout features from the headset, making them our favourite CES gaming headset:
Positional Audio – Replicates 7.1 surround sound in the headset to get the most out of the in-game sounds.
Pro Grade Wireless Tech – The headset maintains a strong connection in high-signal environments, and has a wireless range of up to 15 meters.
15 Hour Battery Life – Enough said!
Noise-Cancelling Microphone – Optimized for professional gamers to eliminate sound through the mic from the environment around them.
Micro Pop Filter – Built into the mic, the G553 has a pop filter on the mic to prevent loud “Ps” when talking.
Acer Predator X21 Gaming Laptop
We love the Predator range, and just when we thought it reached its cap, the next generation was unveiled at CES 2017. The latest Predator 21 X is a killer laptop and probably the best CES gaming laptop seen at this year’s event. It is the first ever curved display laptop with laser eye tracking, that comes with two GTX 1080 cards built into it, 664GB of RAM, 2560×1080 display, a Core-i7-7820HK processor, and to top it all off, Acer even lets you engrave your name onto the device. All this power does cost a hefty amount, as the laptop comes in at R49 999.
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
As 4K becomes a staple in the gaming industry, many manufacturers are jumping on board with brand new monitors. The latest ROG Swift PG27UQ supports NVIDIA G-Sync, as well as a 144HZ refresh rate for the highest and smoothest frame rates seen in CES gaming monitor tech. The monitor has HDR support, as well as a 4K resolution. This 27-inch monitor is huge, both in screen size and in width, but we suppose all that tech needs a place to fit into.
New NVIDIA Shield Android TV
Then NVIDIA Shield has battled to fit into the console/PC hybrid market, but it seems that Nvidia is determined to make it a staple in the home. The latest model has been tweaked here and there to offer a more streamlined experience when in use. 4K HDR streaming is the latest highlight feature from the device. This streaming ability will cover YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Video. Surprisingly enough, the new Shield does not have any major new hardware changes, it still features the Tegra X1 processor. The new model will retail for $200 and will be available later this year.
Although this device is still early in development, Intel VR, formally known as Project Alloy, was one of the most exciting CES gaming reveals. The most interesting feature of the VR headset has to be that it does not require PC or any processor box to function. The PC part of it and the battery are all built into the headset itself. The headset then scans the room you are in and brings it to life in a digital world around you. Intel calls this “merged reality”. The user then has the ability to change this scanned environment to what they see fit. It is an interesting take on VR, and we hope that it is successful and grows into something fantastic.
What were some of your favourite 2017 CES gaming moments?