Gaming Evolved : CES 2017 Highlights so far

First things first. CES isn’t even done yet and there are already a lot of things being put out that are changing gaming.

1. samsung-odysseySamsung’s Odyssey notebook gaming  laptop. Comes in 15 and 17 inch variations. Both will boast i7 intel processors and as of right now the 15 inch version will have NVIDIA GTX1050 running either a 2GB or 4GB onboard RAM. The 17 inch model’s video card has not yet been announced, but it will be either comparable or better. Memory on the 17 inch will be upgradable to 64 gigs of RAM and can boast a 512 GB SSD and a 1TB HHD. The 15 inch model is going to be known as the Plus, and the 17 inch model will be known as the Pro. Both will function as both laptops and tablets featuring a 2400 x 1600 Gorilla Glass screen, with the display packing a native 1920 x 1080 resolution.

2. project-arianaRazer’s Project Ariana is their move towards projector gaming. It’s a Chroma-enabled, full room encompassing, real-time reacting projector. The intention is to fully immerse the player in not only video but light effects while playing a game. It’s not your usual stand alone projector. This one instead uses a ultra-wide fish-eye type lens to project images to and entire room instead of just a screen on the wall. This lens will provide much better immersion for the enabled games. Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, said that “Having a game literally surround a gamer completes the entire ecosystem of gaming.” Razer says that the Ariana will adapt the projection of in-game elements to the dimensions and features of the environment it is being used in. It will use a pair of 3D cameras and calibration software to adjust to furniture and lighting conditions.

3. Nvidia announced they will be putting their GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti video cards into gaming laptops. They will boast the same experience as their full tower counterparts, including GPU overclocking, DirectX 12, Ansel screenshots, G-Sync, and the Geforce experience. A total of 30 laptops from multiple companies will feature these cards in 2017. These companies include Alienware, Dell, and Asus to name a few.

4.samsung-gaming-monitor Back to Samsung with their Curved Gaming Monitors. This year at CES Samsung announced several curved quantum dot gaming monitors designed strictly for gaming. The resolution they are talking about is 2,560 x  1,440 with a 178 degree viewing angle. Designed to be aesthetically pleasing as desk decor with a clean white chassis and a 3 side boundless design., these monitors use quantum dot technology which is display technology that makes color reproduction “purer” than LCD, which will also mean a wider color range. They will have
multiple monitors for sale ranging from 27 inches all the way to a 34 inch monitor with a 21:9 ratio.

4. Logitech announced their G533 Wireless surround sound Headset. This new headset for Gaming PC’s features 7.1 surround sound and 15 hours of battery life with its rechargeable, and replaceable batteries. Logitech’s gaming VP and general manager, Ujesh Desai said the goal is to give players “the most immersive and accurate PC gaming experience.” The Pro-G audio drivers are built with hybrid mesh material something that Logitech claims will rival high-end audiophile headphones. It will also use DTS Headphone: X technology for its 7.1 surround sound. The microphone will be retractable with a pop filter and an auto-mute feature to give the clearest audio for in-game chat. It will also come with software that will let you auto-tune your sound levels and volume. The G533 will run you about $150 USD.

5. razer_project_valerie_ces2017_00Lastly, for this article for CES we go back to Razer and their incredible yet insane Project Valerie, gaming laptop. Razer introduced their 3 17 inch screen laptop. When closed, it sits at around 1.5 inches thick. When you open this Frankenstein laptop, hinges release and set out 3, that’s right count it, 3 – 17.3 inch monitors, each boasting 4k resolution. At full display you are getting 11,520 x 2160 resolution. Powering this monster is a full tower grade  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card which makes it hit minimal VR requirements. Since all of the monitors are attached to the machines there are no extra cables or wires, as well as it doesn’t take up as much space as other 3 monitor set-ups.It weighs roughly 12 pounds making it one of the heaviest gaming laptops out there!

 

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