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Coolest gadgets from-CES 2014
Coolest gadgets from-CES 2014

Coolest gadgets from-CES 2014

While products like curved televisions, 3-D printers and driverless cars garnered the most attention at the big CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, there were plenty of video game-related products worth getting excited about.

From virtual reality (VR) headsets and wireless controllers for mobile devices to “cloud”-based PlayStation titles and souped-up gaming PCs, here is a closer look at some of the most impressive announcements from the show.

Already making waves with a product not yet commercially available, the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display from Oculus VR puts you “inside” the game thanks to immersive wraparound graphics and smart head-tracking technology.

Dubbed the Crystal Cove prototype, Oculus VR’s CES demo featured its newest (and smallest) headset. It boasts better 1080p 3D visuals along with reduced motion-blur and more advanced sensors (simulating a 360-degree view, including support for leaning).

There were a couple of cool demos, but the most impressive was a dogfighting space simulation, EVE Valkyrie, which was similar (but better) than the EVR game demo shown at the E3 Expo in June.

Oculus Rift will be available late in 2014 or early in 2015.

Valve’s long-awaited news broke one day before CES: Steam is coming to the living room.

Best known for its hit games — including the Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal and Counter-Strike series — and the on-demand Steam service for computer gamers (now with 65 million active users), Valve has unveiled a number of partners creating console-like rigs that run the open-source SteamOS and access the successful Steam store.

Due out later this year, partners include heavy hitters like Alienware, Origin PC and Falcon Northwest, as well as lesser-known hardware companies. They all will launch living room machines — varying in size, power and price (ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand). Valve showed off its own box and controller design, too.

Millions of people play games on Apple’s mobile devices but depending on the game, a controller would be more conducive over touch screen controls (Grand Theft Auto, anyone?).


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