Every year, CES continues to not technically be a video game show, and yet there’s always a bounty of gaming or gaming-adjacent gear to covet. This year’s crop was especially bounteous, so much so that I couldn’t just pick one favorite. Here are nine of the coolest, most fun, or just frankly ridiculous products from CES that you should definitely keep an eye on.
Want the screen space and color of a huge OLED TV but don’t want to fully commit an entire wall to the cause? This prototype display from LG lets you enjoy 65 inches of big-screen gaming bliss then roll it back down to show off your classy decor. The best of both worlds.
Are you an aggressive pointer? Do you find your cursor hitching during big, fast movements when you need precision the most? SteelSeries’ new Rival 600 packs in a second optical sensor to track your motion even when you get a bit too excited and lift the mouse off the pad.
With Nintendo Switch blurring the line between home and handheld gaming, there’s even more nostalgic appeal to the simple days of Game Boy… not so much for the super-dark screens though. Hyperkin plans to fix that wrinkle, among many others, with a new retro revival console it’s codenamed Ultra Game Boy; built with an aluminum body, an RGB-spanning backlight, and more, it’s like a deluxe roadtrip into your gaming memories.
Large, high-end screens are almost never built with gaming specifically in mind, and sometimes your play experience suffers as a result. Nvidia’s Big Format Gaming Displays (yes, that acronym is BFGD) aim to rectify that with low latency, full 4K and HDR, and integrated G-Sync technology for optimal refresh rates. Those are some big gaming monitors.
First, Razer made gaming laptops. Then it made the Razer Phone, which turned out to be a pretty nice mobile device with ample specs and features for gaming. Now it’s making Project Linda, an accessory for your Razer Phone that easily turns it into the trackpad and processor of a gaming laptop. Sometimes life is beautifully cyclical.
This is kind of a goofy one, but it’s also just the sort of thing that makes CES fun. Whirlwind FX says its Vortx system analyzes on-screen action and sends out hot or cold blasts of air when appropriate – like a fiery explosion knocking you back or an arctic chill freezing you in place. I just wonder if it’s subtle enough to know the difference between a bright, sunny day and an inferno.