This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is now over, and I’m sure everyone is drooling over the various gems that the event had to offer. Whilst I’m no big techie myself, I would like to highlight a few of my favourite pieces of gaming tech that I would love to get my hands on!
Nvidia’s Project Shield
I’ve always enjoyed handheld gaming; I believe it started with Pokémon Blue on my big, chunky Gameboy. Shield will be no exception. The ability to play XCOM from my Steam account whilst I’m on the toilet? Yes please. And the fact that Nvidia is aiming to release the Shield device in the second quarter of 2013? My bowels can hardly wait.
Valve Steam Box
Without a doubt, this had to be mentioned. This tiny powerhouse has been a massive hit at CES, and with every right. Oddly enough, my favourite feature is its capability of supporting up to EIGHT players on EIGHT separate screens. I reminisce the good ol’ days when Playstation 2 multi-taps were a thing, and people gamed with friends in the same room rather than online. With this? I’m looking forward to the next instalment of either the FIFA or WWE franchise: Either way, I’m kicking all my friends’ butts.
TransluScense Luminae Keyboard+ and Touchpad+
This may not have been the obvious choice, but there is a reason behind my thinking. What I’m looking forward to is using this futuristic glass surface keyboard and touchpad for League of Legends gaming controls using a customised skin. I can already imagine the specific keys for spells, items, and commands (a specialised key for champion dance is without a question), and even using the touchpad for map control. The sheer joy of freedom you can get with customising the multi-touch surface with an interchangeable skin is like the first time I discovered ice cream toppings.
Oculus Rift Headset
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset may have looked like a homemade hack at CES (strapping the playable prototype covered in black tape to one’s head may not have been the most futuristic thing seen at the event), but it is definitely worth the attention. What I’m feeling giddy to experience first-hand in virtual reality is diving off a tower in the next Assassin’s Creed. And also stabbing people to death.
Razer Edge Gaming Tablet
I was curious to see what Razer had to offer at CES as I’ve always been a bit of a fan, and it did not disappoint. The Razer Edge packs some very impressive and versatile hardware into a tablet. Whilst I like my handhelds pretty compact, I have to say that the games on show looked gorgeous on the 10.1” display. I would most likely use the Razer Edge as a home console, and then when it gets late, put the tablet into mobile console mode where I can continue to play Dishonoured (which still looks amazing on the screen) on my bed. Besides, browsing your SocialGO sites on this would be a breeze!
These were just my favourites, and I would love to hear what were yours (any of the tech and not just gaming!), and what you might want to use them for!