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.
Lenovo is showcasing a new high-end gaming PC, scheduled for release this coming June. The Erazer X700 can be configured with Intel’s Core i5K or Core i7K CPUs, features dual graphics support for NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon HD cards, and comes with 32GB of RAM. It also allows for what is called the “OneKey Overclocking,” a features that allows one to overclock their processor without having to fiddle with the BIOS.
The tower is eye-catching, to say the least, with its angular design and surplus of blue LED lights. Those looking to jump into the PC gaming world without having to build their own rig may want to take a look at Lenovo’s Erazer. Models start at $1,499.
Kingston showcased several memory products during the show, thought their HyperX 10 Year Anniversary Edition Memory caught my eye as I strolled down the tech-laden aisles at the Digital Experience. Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of these modules is their sexy silver heat spreader. These DDR3 memory modules range in capacity from 4 to 32 GB and come in kits of 2 and 4. Their frequency speeds range from 1600-2400MHz. The HyperX 10 Year Anniversary Edition Memory comes with a lifetime warranty and free, live technical support.
While the virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, is still currently under development, the prototype shown off during CES shows tremendous promise. These goggles utilize motion tracking technology to accurately control the camera within the game world, while two lenses over each eye produce a stereoscopic 3D image of the environment. The result is a headset that gives the game world an uncanny sense of space and realism.
The Oculus was designed as a PC peripheral, though console support is currently under development.
It is unknown when the Oculus Rift will be available to the public. The headset showcased at CES is the latest prototype version of the developer kit, which will be made available to developers during March of this year.
Oculus-enabled titles include Doom 3: BFG Edition and Hawken. More titles will be revealed in the future.
The recently revealed EA Sports MVP Carbon is the first ever collaboration between Monster and a game developer. Featuring a sleek and flexible design and on-ear cups, the MVP Carbon feels wonderfully comfortable and light weight, making it well suited for lengthy gaming sessions.
The EA Sports MVP Carbon is also the first Monster headphone to feature Monster HDHS technology, which is purported to create realistic, high-definition headphone surround sound without the need for multiple drivers. Unfortunately, my own testing with the MVP Carbon was limited to a few iTunes tracks, which I can honestly say didn’t do the headset any justice. The EA Sports MVP Carbon is compatible with the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U consoles.