CES 2018 for Gamers

With so much awesome happening at CES, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Well don’t you worry, we’re highlighting the best from CES 2018 for gamers right here. This page will be updated each day throughout CES to bring new and awesome technology you’ll be buying very soon.

 

Peripherals

 

Razer HyperFlux Mouse and Mousepad

A wirelessly charging mousepad. We’ve already seen a few companies come out with this and now it’s Razer’s turn using its new HyperFlux Technology. To start with Razer is offering the Razer Mamba HyperFlux mouse and Razer Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad. Both of them are upgrades to products they already have on the market. The big difference is the original Mamba mouse had a battery whereas the new one does not. The Mamba HyperFlux can be used without the mousepad, simply plug it in with a micro USB. The Razer Mamba HyperFlux mouse and Razer Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad are expected to be available for purchase sometime in the first quarter of 2018, bundled together for $249.99.

 

Phillips Hue and Razer

If you’ve ever wanted the lights in your house to match up with the lights on your computer you’re now in luck. Phillips has announced a CES that the Phillips Hue API and tools now work seamlessly with Razer Chroma mice and keyboards. The software is already available completely free.

 

Virtual Reality

 

HTC Vive Pro

In the market for a high-end VR headset? You may want to hold out until later this year when the HTC Vive Pro is released. It has a 2880 x 1600 dual OLED display, which does fall short of the 4k rumors but it’s 78% better than the HTC Vive. It’s also taking VR to 615ppi which is a 74% increase in pixel density. It’s also had improvements with microphones, front-facing cameras, and the head strap has been redesigned to make it easier to resize. There is no release date for the HTC Vive Pro yet, there also isn’t a price. But all fingers are crossed that this will mean a price reduction for the older HTC Vive.

 

HTC Vive Goes Wireless

You’ll be able to take your HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro away from your PC very soon. This summer you’ll be able to get the Vive Wireless Adaptor. How much it’ll cost you hasn’t been announced yet.

 

Merge Mini – A VR Headset for Kids

VR headsets aren’t really built with kids in mind. Merge is changing that with the Merge Mini, a headset designed specifically with 10-year-olds in mind. It’s made from super durable materials and designed to fit on smaller faces. Lens adjustment buttons have been moved to make it easier for small hands to reach and the spacing is suited for kids. The Merge Mini is due to hit the market this summer with a very reasonable $30 price tag.

 

Merge Blaster

The VR headset for kids isn’t the only thing Merge brought to CES 2018, they’re also showing off the Merge Blaster. It’s exactly what you might think. A simple gun-shaped controller. Put your phone in the slot and start playing shooters with a toy gun in your hands. Merge is releasing this sometime this summer but there isn’t a price for it yet.

 

Other Tech

 

Nvidia Big Format Gaming Displays

Nvidia has some interesting new technology for monitors that are also TVs. The Nvidia BFGD has a 120Hz variable refresh rate, G-Sync, 4k resolution, and minimum brightness of 1000 nits. All of that in a massive 65-inch display. Right now it looks like Acer, Asus, and HP will be the first ones to release BFGDs though we don’t know when or how much they’ll cost. They will have an Nvidia Shield built in though.

 

MSI Curved Monitors

MSI has brought two curved monitors to CES this year. They’re both 27 inches and have a 1800R curve. They have a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. They have 2 HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, one USB-B, and 2 USB-A ports. Sadly no USB-C ports. What’s the difference between the two monitors? One has a 1080p display while the other has a 1440p “WQHD” display. They also have some cool bits that light up.

 

MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming Motherboard

Before you ask, yes, that’s what they’re actually calling it. This motherboard has been named a CES 2018 Innovations Award Honoree and it is a beast designed with gamers in mind. It’s got Intel’s 8th generation CPU technology, a built-in switch with wireless extender, it’s VR Ready and so much more. Oh, and it also has pretty lights you can customize your rig with.

 

Game Boy Returns Thanks to Hyperkin

Retro gaming has been enjoying a surge recently thanks to the NES Classic and SNES Classic so people have been wondering when it’d be time for the old handhelds to make a comeback. Well, Hyperkin has made their own version of the Game Boy which they’re currently calling the Ultra Game Boy. It improves on the original Nintendo Game Boy, so it’s really living up to the Ultra part. This version is made out of aluminum which gives it some weight and makes it harder to damage.

What improvements have they made? How about a backlit LCD screen? You can, of course, turn the backlight off if you want a truly authentic experience. It has a 6-hour built-in battery and a USB-C port for charging. It also has stereo speakers because you can create music with it. Hyperkin is currently saying that it will be available late this summer for under $100.

 

Sources:

The Verge, Trusted Reviews, Andriod Central, CNET, Digital Trends

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About Shannon Doyle

Shannon first discovered MMOs in 1999 when she picked up the newly launched Everquest. This started a lifelong love affair with online gaming that has taken her around the world and brought her to MMOGames.com. While she still pines for the streets of Paragon, the City of Heroes, today she spends most of her gaming time walking across Tyria in Guild Wars 2, roleplaying with anyone who says hello.