CES 2022: What’s Happening in Vegas … Likely Happening to Your Desktop
While the Consumer Electronics Show isn’t a gaming-specific event, there is plenty of gear for gamers to covet. After all, we are in technology. We love sophisticated monitors and chairs with haptic feedback. The latest processors will find their place in our PCs. We want to hear our games played on the best audio systems and grab our Mountain Dew or G-Fuel in smart fridges.
There was a lot of cool stuff at CES this year, although the crowds shy of COVID weren’t quite what they were. Here are some of our favorite technologies, most of them aimed at gamers.
The PlayStation VR2 was arguably the biggest gaming-centric ad at CES. Sony’s new VR headset is meant to take on the Oculus Quest 2, and on paper at least it has better specs. It features an OLED display with higher resolution, a wider field of view and redesigned controllers. Like the Quest, it uses 4 reverse tracking cameras and even has eye tracking, which the Quest doesn’t. A big disappointment: the PSVR 2 is still a device attached to the console. After the quest without cable, it will be difficult to play cable connected VR.
The original PlayStation VR headset was super comfortable compared to the competition. We expect the PSVR 2 to be the same. Horizon Call of the Mountain was also announced alongside the headset. Given the enthusiasm for Horizon Forbidden West looming, we expect Call of the Mountain to sell a lot of headsets.
Razer Enki Pro HyperSense Gaming Chair
Gaming chairs have come a long way from the days of parking in any nearby office wheelchair. We expect great ergonomics, support and an eye-catching design. It’s no exaggeration to say that alongside a quality monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers, a good chair is a basic peripheral.
While still more of a concept than a product you can order right now, the Enki Pro HyperSense promises full body haptic feedback. We already have haptic feedback controllers and headsets, so why not? If nothing else, this chair is an indication of what might be coming from other manufacturers.
Alienware Tri-Mode Gaming Headset
Alienware premiered many products at CES, but the tri-mode headset caught our audio-loving attention. At around $ 200, the tri-mode headset has a fairly beefy 40mm driver, 55 hours of battery life, and Dolby Atmos Virtual Surround sound. The name Tri-Mode comes from its connectivity options. It connects via bluetooth, wirelessly via a USB-c dongle or via a 3.5mm cable. I love the promise of a gaming headset that will connect to all of my devices.
New mobile processors from AMD and Intel
They won’t make your ass vibrate and you can’t strap them to your head, but processors are at the heart (pun intended) of the computing experience. At this year’s CES, AMD and Intel clashed with new lines of mobile processors. The AMD Ryzen 6000 APU series has garnered a lot of attention, in part because of its iGPU based on the RDNA 2 architecture. It is basically a processor that blurs the line between a processor and a graphics card. It even offers hardware ray tracing and offers better gaming performance than some dedicated graphics cards.
Intel has unveiled the 12th generation Core H processors. The top of the range is the Core i9 12900 HK. It’s a 14-core beast that when paired with a high-end graphics card will bring any game to its knees.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 Monitor
As always, CES 2022 was filled with announcements about new TV and monitor tech. Smaller than the massive and impractical 49-inch Neo G9, the G8 is a 32-inch curved display. Its most exciting specification is its 240Hz refresh rate, the first 4K monitor to offer it. It has a 4K resolution of 3840 × 2160 with an aggressive 1000R curve. Quantum Mini LED backlighting also promises more contrast and more vivid colors than OLED panels. Like its big brother G9, the G8 has LED lighting on the back of the monitor that senses and coordinates with the colors on the screen.
Razer Zephyr Pro Mask
Finally, here is a product that is at the same time a little ridiculous but also extremely cool and practical. This is a 2022 update to Razer’s Zephyr “smart mask” and, like the previous version, it features an active dual-fan filtration system with “N95 equivalent” filters and RGB lighting. The new model includes voice amplification that can be turned on and off. With cloth masks being ineffective against the omicron variant and N95 masks being uncomfortable and often impractical, the Zephyr suddenly looks more appealing. The Pro will sell for $ 150 but there is no release date yet. However, there is a big, big caveat. The Zephyr’s effectiveness as PPE has not been certified by any agency, and some people object to Razer suggesting that it is similar to an N95.
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