This one goes to all the gamers and tech lovers reading this post. Yes, CES 2015 brought a lot of new gadgets and surprises for the gaming industry. So what if you are not into gaming, the sheer genius behind the technology and the designs of these gadgets will impress you (to the core). At least it impressed me!
Here are the top 10 gaming gadgets that rocked CES this year.
Razer’s Virtual Reality
VR goes open source! At least this is what Razer has planned for its VR technology where it would make this tech an open source initiative which would be known as OSVR (Open-Source Virtual Reality). According to this plan, the company would be providing the technical support and knowledge to anyone who wishes to use this open source platform for building VR gadgets.
The company showcased its own VR set at CES this year where the device featured a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a compass. Interestingly, it also had a surround sound codec which could be used to add 3D sound to any video or gaming content. Now this is something that is definitely worth checking out!
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New Alienware Gaming Laptops
Dell is bent on levelling up its arsenal of high-tech gaming laptops. The company introduced the Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 gaming laptops at CES. Both of these laptops have Intel’s latest fifth-gen chipsets. Now these chipsets have core i7 quad core processors that come bundled with Nvidia’s GTX980M GPU. This particular configuration allows desktop graphic cards to be used for the laptops by using the Alienware Gaming Amplifier for connecting the components in a proper sequence.
This is definitely one of the most sought after offerings for hardcore gamers. Many would argue that nothing would be better than getting a console or trying the games on a desktop computer, but Alienware has come out with spectacular products that deliver amazing gaming performance and justify the needs of the gamers.
It seems that the theme of CES 2015 was based on next gen technologies and VR was definitely getting the spotlight. The 3D rudder is a controller which maps the motion of your feet and uses that as an input for the system. These signals are mapped out to determine the different modes of control which could be in the form of a joystick control or pressing a dedicated button. It is a new take on conventional controllers and could give people with hand disfigurations a chance to control the system with their feet. This device could be shipped globally by May, 2015 with an estimated price tag of $130.
Turtle Beach Elite 800X
The Turtle Beach Elite 800X is a new headset that has been designed for the Xbox One console. The headphone has active noise cancellation which is a blessing for gamers who wish to remain immersed in the virtual world of the game that they are playing. There is also a microphone hidden somewhere in the design.
In terms of sonic configuration, this headphone offers a 7.1 channel DTS surround sound which can be further personalized by using any of the customizable audio presets that come for this device. It has a magnetic charging stand which is pretty cool to look at and can make an outstanding impression on any one.
Smart TVs for Gaming
What happens when two of the biggest names in the consumer electronics industry collaborate? They produce innovative products! This is exactly what happened when Samsung and Sony decided to join hands for coming out with “PlayStation Now” which would fuse over 300 PS titles with the Smart TV line of Samsung. The implications are beyond imagination at the moment because this product would be the best of both worlds so you can expect brilliant display with high end gaming experience.
ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ
Now this is a monitor to die for! With 3840×2160 pixels 4K/UHD resolution and 27 inches of UHD display, the Rog Swift gaming monitor is a power packed addition to any gaming rig. The best part about this monitor is that it features Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which works with the computer’s own GPU for eliminating stutters and lags. With such smooth performance you can expect any gamer to fall in love with this monitor.
It has an ergonomic design with adjustments that include full tilt, swivel, pivot and height modifications. These adjustments help in truly personalizing the entire experience. Make sure you add this to your wish-list if gaming is your life. You won’t look at any other monitor once you treat your eyes to the visual extravaganza that this product has to offer.
Cyberpower’s Fang Trinity Gaming PC
This alien looking thing is actually a fully functional desktop system that can house all the standard PC components without any need for making any modifications. The overall design may be wacky but it is pure eye candy, especially for gamers. The three separate segments of the system are used for housing various components such that the overall connectivity is maintained in the best possible manner.
The segments are divided as follows;
- Segment 1
o Graphic Card
o Intake Fan
o Solid State Drives (Up to 5 drives can be accommodated)
- Segment 2
o Optical Drive
o Hard Drive
o Power Supply
- Segment 3
o Liquid Cooler Fan
o Compact Mini-ITX Motherboard
This is a high end gaming machine so don’t expect it to go easy on your wallet. The shell or the case itself would cost $350. An entry level configuration could take you back by $1000 while a full-fledged high end rig could cost you $4000. It may be expensive, but it is definitely worth the value.
MAD CATZ L.Y.N.X
Finally somebody took a hint from the popular “Transformer” movie series and came up with the L.Y.N.X, a gaming controller than can transform itself to maintain compatibility with a tablet or a smartphone. It can also work like your regular QWERTY keyboard or you may use it as a standalone controller. Now this is what you call a “game controller” because this lets you be in control irrespective of the platform or device that you playing the game on.
This device has an integrated mousepad which can be really handy while navigating in the game. Most of you might disagree with the fact that a mouse paired with a gaming controller could give better control. But in reality, the mousepad only makes this device more versatile. With Bluetooth support being provided in the device, the L.Y.N.X clearly showcases enhanced connectivity. Currently, this game controller is compatible with PC, Smart TVs and Android.
Occulus Rift Crescent Bay
The Crescent Bay Occulus Rift headset is an audio enhancement for the Occulus Rift prototype. The speciality of these headsets is that they come with an in-built sonic system which mimics the effects that you get from a surround sound setup. This would definitely take the VR experience to a whole new level. As of now, there is no official confirmation on the commercial release date, but there is a probability that it could come out this year.
Steel Series Sentry Eye Tracker And Apex M800 Keyboard
This one goes to the hardcore gamers. The Sentry Eyetracker monitors the eye movements of the gamer while playing the same. This “feedback” is really helpful in enabling players to change their strategy. Those who watch the live streaming of the games are able to see where the players are seeing, so getting a good strategy could give them a better stand.
Steel Series also showcased their latest and most advanced mechanical keyboard which, according to the company, is the “most responsive and customisable keyboard ever built”. Every key has an LED surface that can be customized with any colour from the 16.8 million options available for it. The makers of this accessory believe that it is capable of delivering 25% better response times than the ones that are seen in other mechanical keyboards. You can get this keyboard for $245 and if what the company is claiming, turns out to be true, then this could be a great deal!
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