The tech world descended upon Las Vegas, Nevada to witness the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. As gaming has grown in popularity it has stolen the show on more than one occasion, this year was no different. Let’s dive in and take a look at the biggest video game related announcements at CES 2020.
PlayStation 5 logo reveal and console details
Before the show even opened, Sony teased information around their next-gen console could be coming at CES. Especially with Microsoft’s surprise Xbox Series X reveal at the Videogame Awards, it seemed likely news from Sony’s camp was imminent.
No one knew exactly what to expect, but gamers were on high alert for any morsels that might emerge. Sure enough, Sony revealed details around the hardware and a first look at the PlayStation 5’s logo. When Sony posted the new logo on their official Instagram account, it broke the internet, garnering the most likes ever for any video game related image on the social media platform.
On the hardware side of things Jim Ryan, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment reaffirmed the consoles launch for the holiday 2020 window. He also revealed the PS5 will have a brand-new controller, 3D audio, an ultra-high speed SSD, hardware-based ray tracing and an ultra HD Blu-Ray optical drive. For an in-depth look at all PlayStation’s CES 2020 related announcement Jon Scarr has you covered!
Samsung unveils new Odyssey Gaming Monitors
Samsung debut the radically curved G9 and G7 Odyssey gaming monitors. The screens are the first of their kind, boasting a high-performance 1000R curvature with QLED picture quality. The 49-inch G9 has a blazing fast 1ms response time and a lighting quick 240hz refresh rate making it one of the best choices out there for gamers.
The G7 shares many of the same specs with its big brother, just in smaller 32” and 27” models.
The Odyssey line has the unique distinction of being certified by TÜV Rheinland earning an Eye Comfort certificate. If you often have marathon gaming sessions, the Odyssey line will be the easiest on your eyes with the display’s curvature. For all the details around the G9 and G7 monitors check out Brad Moon’s extensive look here.
Alienware’s Concept UFO
The Nintendo Switch inspired Concept UFO definitely turned some heads at CES, capturing the imagination of PC gaming enthusiasts everywhere. Although the hardware takes a few design queues from Nintendo’s console like detachable dual controllers and kickstand enabled gaming, it also features some key differences. The biggest is the fact that it is a capable Windows 10 PC. It’s an open platform that can play your entire Steam and Epic libraries. The 8-inch display features a 1900 x 1200 resolution display that can be docked with a TV or monitor. The processor that beats at the heart of this little powerhouse is still a mystery, as Dell has yet to reveal the full specs. For more information on the UFO and the rest of Dell’s CES offerings Brad Moon has all the details.
Razer also got into the portable gaming offerings with its own mobile and cloud gaming controller for iOS and Android. As more platforms move to the cloud, Razer is ahead of the curve with its own universal remote. What sets the controller apart is its ability to connect directly to your device’s charging port, giving you instant button response. The hardware features some familiar console controller like clickable analog thumb sticks, bumper buttons and a d-pad. Sometimes a touchscreen just doesn’t cut it when it comes to accuracy and the Razer Kishi is sounding like a pretty impressive solution.
FireCuda Gaming SSD
The future of gaming experiences depends heavily on ultra-high-speed solid state drives. Managing 4K assets and eliminating load times to make virtual worlds more immersive is no small order. Seagate looks to ensure you get the most out of your gaming experience with the newly introduced FireCuda Gaming SSD. The drive is built with hardcore gamers in mind from esports athletes, to power users. In combination with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 the FireCuda NVMe SSD can reach Up to 2000MB/s in data transfer. The portable drive accelerates booting, loading, and saving with next-gen USB technology. Seagate offers an elegant portable solution with the FireCuda Gaming SSD.
The future of gaming
The tech displayed at CES gave us a glimpse of a very promising future for the video game industry. Whether a PC, console or mobile gamer the advancements showcased will advance virtual experiences to new levels. If you are looking to catch up on all Best Buy Canada’s CES 2020 coverage check out the event’s dedicated section on the blog. What was your favourite announcement at CES? Be sure to share in the comments below!