The top 6 most exciting gaming products at CES 2020
While a deluge landed at the recent trade show, this bunch truly stood out for us.
There's nothing immoral about devouring the plethora of electronics on display at the most anticipated consumer electronic trade show, the CES in sin city, Las Vegas. In fact, for those of an electronics persuasion, that's the place to be.
The recent CES 2020 packed a punch that chocked the world wide web with a range of goodies for the new decade, but here, we bring you some of the most exciting, trendy and far out tools and toys for computing and gaming geeks.
The Alienware Concept UFO
This is a portable PC that gamers never knew they wanted. The Alienware Concept UFO is clearly inspired by the Nintendo Switch. The main body is an 8-inch display, while controllers are attached on either side, very similar to the Switch’s Joy-Con. A kickstand is also included on the back of the device, allowing users to prop it on a desk or their lap, which is thoughtful ... though it won't hover.
According to Dell, this device is meant to run PC games at 60fps. It can be connected to an external monitor, and also, a keyboard and mouse can be hooked up to it, too. Battery life is a reasonable two hours, which isn’t too shabby given its performance and size.
Unfortunately, the sounds of engine whirring will not pierce the air anytime soon because the Alienware Concept UFO remains just that at the moment - a concept! Naturally, no release date has been set. Don't go to Area 51 looking for one.
The MSI GS66 Stealth
Thin and light gaming laptops aren’t unique in the market anymore, but a cool one will always have its place. MSI’s GS series finally received a significant facelift after years of minor updates. The GS66 will be the latest installation for the company’s ultra-slim, yet powerful gaming machines.
The laptop will feature a jaw-dropping refresh rate of up to 300Hz on the 1080p IPS panels. The machine will most likely come equipped with Intel's latest 10th-gen H-series CPUs and NVIDIA's newest RTX graphics cards. It also comes decked with the largest possible battery (99.9 W), which will meet most flight regulations.
A more affordable option will be the MSI GE66 Raider, which sports similar specs.
The Asus ROG Swift 360Hz panel
Right after you've upgraded from a regular 60Hz, 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate monitor to 240Hz display, the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz pops out of nowhere and teaches you the hard lesson that there is no limit to improvement.
True to its core value, the Asus gaming brand is constantly pushing the envelope. The ROG Swift 360Hz is the world’s fastest and first NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor with a lightning-fast 360Hz refresh rate, which may or may not be useful to all gamers. It’s a monitor solely made for the highest competitive gaming scene, which has gained more traction than ever. Featuring a 24.5” display and Full HD resolution (1080p), the ROG Swift 360Hz may not be for casual gamers who plan to have a single monitor setup.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
A 14” gaming laptop used to be niche for the gaming market, but that’s about to change with the release of the ROG Zephyrus G14. This laptop not only has a more compact form factor, but also offers the latest AMD 7nm Ryzen 4000 series CPUs, a real head-turner in this realm.
The design of G14’s top panel is, arguably, the most exciting aspect, its specs aside. Users can customise the LED light of the top panel to their heart’s content with different effects, including displaying the time, GIFs and other animation. Asus has definitely set the bar high with the G14.
Razer’s Tomahawk gaming desktop
It was one of the most ambitious Razer products at CES 2020. The Tomahawk is a fully modular desktop for gamers who appreciate minimalism and portability. Razer worked with Intel to conceive and birth the Tomahawk. The case is made of aluminum, with its sides crafted from tempered glass, catering to a spectacular view of its components, such as the GPU.
Most of the Tomahawk’s components are soldered on the motherboard, except for its power supply unit and graphics card. Its modular construction simply means taking your PC apart to replace components is a cinch. The convenience is unreal, since users can configure the CPU, RAM, storage and more from Razer, and then choose the desired GPU to go with it, making the entire process a snap for even novices.
The Tomahawk gaming desktop will be available sometime in the first half of 2020, though, expect a premium price.
The PlayStation 5 logo
The next generation of console gaming is looming on the horizon. Sony revealed the PS5 logo at CES 2020. However, the specifications and the price remain unknown.
The PS5 logo has the iconic heritage from its predecessor with one key difference - 5 replacing 4. The release date, on the other hand, will drop during the holiday season of 2020 (year-end). It will go head to head with its biggest competitor - the new Xbox Series X, which showed a lot of promise with its crossplay and backwards compatibility gameplay.