5 Things that Got us Excited in CES 2014
The Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES) held annually January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Usually previews new technology and gives us exciting new product announcements. This year was no exception from the Razer’s Modular Desktop PC to the Oculus Rift’s latest prototype, there was plenty to be excited about. Here are the 5 things that got us really excited.
Sony PlayStation Now
Sony’s much-anticipated Gaikai-powered streaming gaming service, PlayStation Now, made its debut at CES. This is how your PlayStation might look in five years, if it works out as Sony hopes it does. A streaming service for games. With a connectivity speed of 5Mb/s to ensure a good experience (according to Sony.) that’s possible on the majority of broadband connections, and entire PS3 games coming at launch in summer 2014. This is one to keep an eye out for. The PlayStation Now provides backwards compatibility to the PS4, but also extends PS3 games to the PS Vita and even devices not even intended for gaming, such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. Let’s hope this works and we can play the Shadow of the Colossus, on our smartphones anywhere we want.
The Steam Machines
Although I am a little bit on the fence about it, the Valve Software’s Steam Machine seems to be moving towards becoming a real consumer product. At the Consumer Electronics Show, the company officially announced the first 13 partners building Steam Machines. With Alienware ,Alternate, Cyberpowerpc, Digital Storm, Gigabyte, Falcon Northwest, Material.Net, Origin Pc , Next Spa, Scan, Webhallen, and Zotac all bringing their own version of the steam machine to the market with varying prices ranging from 500$ to over a 1000$ there sure will be a tough competition to introduce a system that aspires to bring PC gaming to your living room.
The Razer’s Modular Desktop PC
Although it’s completely conceptual, and might never see the light of day again. It still is pretty cool (Not a reference to it’s liquid cooling) and amazing. As a life long PC gamer this excited me the most, easily swaping components in and out with speed and ease and having liquid cooling and noise cancellation on top of that simply, is the icing on the cake. But seeing it also tells me how expensive it might be even if it is ever released to the consumers. But still it is promising display of what the future can hold.
With all the other products of wireless mirroring of monitors to T.V’s in the market such Chromecast and Apple TV, something has to really standout to be noticed. In comes Airtame, supported by crowd funding (They have now hit over 1.2 million USD on their indiegogo page, well past their target of 160,000 USD). The product directly connects to the your HDMI port of your TV, and has to be powered through a micro USB (Unless your T.V has HDMI 1.4 + MHL). With the option to duplicate, extend and connect to multiple screens it promises a lot more more than it’s competitors. It looks very promising, their target release date is May 2014.
The Oculus Rift’s ‘Crystal Cove’ prototype
What can be said about the Oculus rift that hasn’t been said before. It’s an absolutely amazing piece of technology that has the ability to change the way we interact with not just game’s but whole lot of other things. The Oculus team has proved once again that they are very serious in giving the user the best possible product they can, and this is why they have no release date yet. They are trying their best to reduce the latency of the display as to reduce the motion sickness that some players feel. With the new OLED display and motion tracking, they aspire to immerse the gamer even more. I just hope that when it eventually does hit the market, the average consumer finds it worthwhile and the giant video game industry supports it in the software department.
So these were the five things that got us most excited for the future of gaming and technology. What piece of technology got you excited? Tell us by leaving a comment down below.