Game Front’s Best of CES 2013
3. Razer Edge Gaming Tablet
A ton of tech sites have given the Razer Edge a “Best of CES” nod, and it’s easy to see why. The Edge is the first Windows 8 tablet optimized for gaming, combining ahead-of-the-curve hardware with gamer styling and accessories.
While “Project Fiona” was a mysterious and unique product a year ago, the Edge tablet is basically a Windows 8 Pro tablet with some extra horsepower. The Edge is available with Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, and an Nvidia GT640M LE GPU. That’s a lot of power in a device that’s only 25 percent heavier than the latest iPad.
The Edge itself might be innovative and a great option for ultra-mobile PC gamers, but the price ($999 and up) and the mediocre add-ons – the tablet controller is a whopping $249 – give us pause. But if the Edge is the beginning of a new trend in mobile gaming, one that sees PC titles coming off the desk and into the mobile world, color us excited.
2. Nvidia’s Project Shield
Nvidia’s presence at CES was supposed to be about the culmination of two projects: GeForce Experience and it’s GRID cloud gaming platform. Both of the those products are now completely fleshed out and ready to go, but there was one hell of a cherry on top for the chipmaker this week.
Project Shield, unveiled at Nvidia’s Sunday night press conference, wants to compliment the PC gamers’ desktop by offering a unique and powerful mobile solution. Based on the forthcoming Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip (or SoC), Shield combines the best that Android and Windows have to offer. Out in the world? Play Hawken and other titles via Google Play or TegraZone. At home, but you prefer the couch or outdoors to the confines of your office? Boot up whatever’s in your Steam library via local network streaming.
It seems like a growing number of PC gamers are scoffing at Shield, which is confusing, to say the least. Nvidia isn’t trying to replace your PC gaming experience — you need to own a GeForce GPU in order for the Shield to steam games off your tower, after all. Nvidia is wants to expand your gaming world, giving you an alternative when you can’t or won’t sit at your desk to get your game on.
1. Oculus Rift VR Headset
From its Kickstarter through to the development phase, Oculus VR has always had one singular goal: To change the way we play video games. The Oculus Rift VR kit aims to do exactly that, as you ditch the monitor and embrace fluid, motion-assisted gameplay that’s strapped directly to your eyeballs.
The Rift is still in the prototype phase, but the hardware is so impressive, even in this basic, raw form, it’s hard not to get excited for the future. Oculus is in the process of replacing every off-the-shelf component with more custom, tailored solutions – they recently switched from a basic 250 Hz sensor package to a custom-made 1,000 Hz part – which is drastically reducing latency and motion blur. Once the seven-inch developer kit ships, which should be in or before March, we’ll have a better idea of what to expect in the final product.
The Rift represents the future of gaming, or better yet: the future of PC interfacing. This isn’t a gimmick like 3D — the Rift is going to fundamentally change the way you think about entertainment. All the VR madness from the 90′s was leading to this moment, only now we have the technology to push it from laughable flash in the pan to a concrete, exciting, mainstream reality. The Oculus Rift is our favorite piece of tech from CES 2013, hands down.
Game Front was on-site at CES 2013 (January 8-11), covering all the latest gaming gadgets. Check out all of our CES 2013 news, previews and features.