The Digital Experience is an electronic showcase organized by Pepcom twice a year, with the larger of the two showings presented during the Consumer Electronics Show – CES – in January. Dozens of companies show off the latest and greatest in tech and gadgetry. Nearly two hundred companies exhibited during the Digital Experience this year. The following is a list of a few gaming-related gadgets that caught my eye during the show.
LAS VEGAS – If CES 2012 was The Year of the Headphone (especially those of the celebrity-endorsed variety), CES 2013 is The Year of the Big Ticket Television. Sony’s presser began with CEO Kaz Harai taking the stage to explain that Sony has the best products on the market, and that the company intends to return to the top of the television business.
Sony unveiled the world’s first 55-inch OLED 4K TV, and plans to offer other 4K sets in 60- and 84-inch sizes later this year. Representatives explained that the company’s “Triluminos Display” technology accentuates reds, blues, and especially greens in the 4K televisions to deliver beautiful pictures.
LAS VEGAS – Nvidia has made quite the splash at CES 2013. The company not only announced a gaming handheld (codenamed Project Shield), but paired that announcement with its own cloud-based gaming technology: GRID. It’s a bold move, especially considering the financial woes OnLive faced after unveiling a console and cloud gaming service.
Nvidia claims GRID will allow users to stream 36 “HD-quality” games from a single server with its new virtualization technology. The company boasts that it can reduce latency by 30ms, which would create a console gaming-like look and feel.
Las Vegas, NV – Gamers strive for the greatest gaming experience, and that includes gaming on the best TV set possible. LG has several excellent sets slated for release this year that are worthy of consideration: Laser and 4K to among them.
At this morning’s LG press conference, LG had one goal and one goal only: to make using electronics simple, and natural. LG’s aspirations are to take the features in technology that frustrate us (like voice commands), and make them what they’re supposed to be — smooth, simple, and intuitive. LG had an impressive showcase, and may be in the top for leading TVs at this year’s CES.
If you’re looking to record a Let’s Play, speed run, or other video game related video, there are many tools available to let you do just that. Previously, we’ve taken a look at the Hauppauge HD PVR, a solid video game footage capture device. We dug it, but we’ve come across another video game recorder that is our new favorite: The Elgato Game Capture HD.
The $179.95 Elgato Game Capture HD is a highly portable small (4.3 x 2.9 x 1.0 -inch) and lightweight (5 oz) portable device that records video game footage to your computer’s hard drive in glorious 1080p.
I learned a valuable lesson when Hurricane Sandy descended upon New York City — one can never have enough power on hand. Although I was fortunate enough to see my dwelling suffer little damage, I went powerless for several days. Contact with the outside world, and entertainment diversions, were filtered through my smartphone and PlayStation Vita, which meant that I had to meter my usage lest I burn through the juice. The $79.95 FatCat PowerBar 4200 travel charger would’ve been incredibly useful in that situation.
The Steam Box is a-comin’ and relatively soon. Valve’s big boss, Gabe Newell, confirmed the long-speculated device’s existence and 2013 release while speaking with Kotaku at the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards. The news, naturally, kicked off even more speculation. It’s easy to see why.
Newell essentially launched a twin-headed salvo that states that PC gaming isn’t dead (something said among the more zealous console gamer circles) and that PC gaming is now ready for the living room. That’s kind of a big deal.
The Neo Geo X, an official SNK Playmore endorsed portable manufactured by Tomo, hits retail channels on December 6, 2012 to celebrate the legendary arcade machine/home console’s 20+ years of existence. It’s impending release, I can admit, hits me square in the chest.
I’m a 38 year old gamer who remembers playing Pong knock offs in seedy Brooklyn arcades during the late ’70s and early ’80s. The video game industry changed several times over between then and now as it transformed from underground fad to mainstream darling that saw Disney tap its history for Wreck-It Ralph. During that time I’ve owned damned near every home video game console under the sun from the retro king (NES) to the import machines (PC Engine) to the modern (Xbox 360), but it’s the Neo Geo that I hold near my heart as my first foray into next-level gaming.
Nintendo has iterated time, time, and time again that its upcoming Wii U console isn’t just a family friendly machine with a tablet-like GamePad controller. No, Wii U is a system for hardcore gamers, too, featuring the likes of Bayonetta 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. That’s a radical change from the core-deficient Wii, and as such, you may need a controller that can handle your hardcore inputs.
I got to toy with Sony’s Wonderbook at a one-on-one event in downtown Manhattan. Most will remember Sony’s new book-meets-augmented reality gadget from its E3 conference back in May. It stalled the show for a while due to technical problems, but nothing went wrong with my experience. It was flighty, carefree fun, the kind of thing a gamer parent could enjoy with his/her child. The power of reading combined with the interactive possibility of video games! It’s edutainment for the motion-controller generation.