The best of the PC at CES 2011

Posted on January 11, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Show 2011 has just wrapped up, showing off hundreds of hot new gadgets to the world. CES always provides a great insight into the technology of the future, and that includes the chips, processors and controllers we can expect to be using with our PCs later this year. Below you’ll find an overview of five of the most interesting bits of new tech shown at this year’s convention.

1. Razer Hydra motion controls and Portal 2

Razer have created their own precision motion controller for the PC. It’s called the Hydra, and like the Ninendo Wii controller, it consists of two handheld controllers linked by a cable, the movements of which can be recognised by a device that sits on your desktop and projects a six foot wide electromagnetic field. The controller will come bundled with a special copy of Portal 2 that will contain an extra level pack specifically designed to make use of the Hydra’s abilities. The controller allows the player to pick up, stretch and distort special blocks to solve the game’s puzzles. Here’s Progaming’s video showing one of the new Portal 2 levels being demoed with the Hydra.


2. Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor

It wasn’t just the Razer Hydra that featured Valve’s input at this year’s CES. Valve CEO Gabe Newell gave a presentation singing the praises of Intel’s new ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor. It’s a CPU with built in graphics card capabilities. At the moment it’s not powerful enough to make graphics cards redundant, but it’s an interesting glimpse of a possible future in which integrated graphics technology outshines separate GFX components. Newell says that Portal 2 has been specifically optimised to work with the Sandy Bridge technology.

3. PrimeSense Wavi Xtion motion sensor camera

PrimeSense are the company responsible for much of the depth sensing technology in Microsoft’s motion sensing Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. They’ve teamed up with ASUS to create the Wavi Xtion motion sensing camera, which has been designed for use with the PC. The device is due to be released in February along with the Xtion Pro Developer Kit, which should give Kinect hackers a more powerful alternative to the Microsoft camera. The twist to the Wavi Xtion is that it comes with a pair of boxes that wirelessly stream data between your PC and your TV, letting you play games on your TV powered by the hardware in your desktop computer.

4. Razer Switchblade

One of the best gadgets to be unveiled at CES 2011 was the prototype for Razer’s Switchblade notebook. It features a multi-touch screen and an adaptive keyboard that changes depending on the game or application you’re running. The Intel Atom processor within is powerful enough to run games, but flexible enough for multimedia activities like watching films or browsing the web. Check out the video below for an overview, or the official Razer site for more information.


5. Nvidia 3D monitor

Nvidia announced a new 3D PC monitor, the Lenovo L2363d. The 23 inch screen can display 3D images at 1920 x 1080 resolution and even comes with a built in, dual lens 3D camera that can capture 3D stills and film, and even allows for 3D video chat. Unfortunately, you’ll still need the special glasses to enjoy the 3D effect, and price details are yet to be announced.

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Video demonstration makes sense of N-Control Avenger

Posted on January 11, 2011

Remember that Xbox 360 controller attachment that turns your gamepad into a monstrous tangle of levers? Engadget met up with creator N-Control during CES, capturing just what the Avenger thing is on video.

After the break, see how the Avenger uses an elaborate, Mouse Trap-style arrangement to allow access to all of the controller’s buttons without moving your thumbs off of the sticks — ostensibly saving you valuable milliseconds of reaction time. Of course, the adapter requires several minutes of explanation, so perhaps it’s a wash.

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CES 2011 Wrap Up

Posted on January 11, 2011

After a hectic few days, CES 2011 is finally over! Here’s a quick report on Need For Speed World’s presence at the world’s largest annual consumer technology tradeshow.

At the Dolby booth in the Las Vegas Convention Centre where CES was being held, Need For Speed World headlined the gaming aspects of Dolby’s multi-faceted showcase. Visitors queued to compete against each other in private multiplayer races on the live server, while voice chatting via headsets with microphones. Despite all the noise on the show floor, players had no problems receiving instructions from the Dolby coordinator, and were having tons of fun chatting with one another while racing.

At the same time, Dolby also held a special event called the Dolby Definition Lounge at the famous “Rain man” suite in Caesar’s Palace to showcase their latest PC and home entertainment technologies to exclusive members of the media. Here, the stylish gaming corner gave them the chance to race against players on the show floor as well.

In addition, the massive Intel booth also featured Need For Speed World as their showcase playable game for laptop gaming with 4G.

So stay tuned, voice chat is coming soon to Need For Speed World, and it’s going to be a blast!

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Battlestar Galactica Online CES 2011 – Show Wrapup

Posted on January 08, 2011

Here’s the CES 2011 video you’ve been looking for. Get all of your 3D TV’s, cameras and games in one place thanks to Ryan Mac Donald straight from the show flow.


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Microsoft And Verizon Keynote News From CES 2011

Posted on January 08, 2011

Attack of the Show’s coverage of CES 2011 continues with Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb as they  recap te Microsoft and Verizon keynotes. Microsoft revealed their plans to further incorporate the Kinect with Avatar Kinect and Kinect for Netflix, Zune and Hulu. Verizon announced their plans for their 4G service and their new tablet the Xoom.

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Onlive TV Interview

Posted on January 07, 2011

We catch up with Onlive at CES 2011 to see their system getting integrated into TVs.


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The Video Gaming History of CES

Posted on January 07, 2011

The Video Gaming History of CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, has been running since 1967 where it was spawned as a spinoff of the popular Chicago Music Show. The show has had quite a checkered history, and for 16 years it actually ran twice each year, resulting in the Winter CES and the Summer CES. The winter shows were held in Vegas, and the summer shows were kept in Chicago. But, as summer shows in Chicago waned in popularity, they decided to move the show to different cities, and in 1995 they held the winter show in Vegas, but the planned Philadelphia show was canceled due to the first-ever E3 in Los Angeles.

The following year, they had a summer show in Orlando, but in 1998 the planned Atlanta show was canceled, and CES became a Vegas-only winter show. It’s been going strong ever since, and typically attracts well over 100,000 attendees. However, it has waned in popularity as a location to announce new game hardware and software, since E3 and shows like the Tokyo Game Show and gamescom have grown in popularity.

But don’t count CES out, because it’s still the one of the biggest trade shows in the world, and it specializes in gadgets, electronics, bizarre gizmos, and high-tech gee-whizzery. We know that Capcom will be talking Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds at the show, and that Microsoft has something up their sleeve. We’ll be talking to tons of third-party companies like Razer, SteelSeries, Nyko, and more, and you can read all about it here.

But what about the gaming announcements from the days of CES past? Read on to check out the highlights through the years, and then imagine what we might be seeing this week.

  • 1975: Pong is demonstrated at the summer CES, but fails to make a splash. People were still wary after the Magnavox Odyssey had tanked.
  • 1982: The Commodore 64 ushers in a new age in gaming, and stunned audiences at the winter CES with its $595 price. As a sidenote, this is the computer that I learned how to play Zork on, and thus fell in love with interactive fiction.
  • 1983: Coleco shows off “A video race car!” while Atari shows off some Sesame Street games. Yikes. Check out the video.


  • 1984: Commodore introduces the Amiga Computer at the winter CES, which gave games a graphical kick in the pants.
  • 1984: Coleco showed off their line of tabletop video games, which were meant to mimic their popular arcade counterparts. Sadly, the gameplay was extremely lacking.
  • 1985: Amiga introduced some new tech at CES by having Andy Warhol paint a picture of Debbie Harry on one of their system. Yes, really.


  • 1985: Nintendo finally revealed the North American version of their popular Famicom system at the summer CES. The Nintendo Entertainment System would go on to dominate many lives, including mine.
  • 1988: Tetris catches the eye of Hank Rogers at CES, which leads to a deal where the game is bundled with every Game Boy sold, providing instant addiction.
  • 1990: This CES was dominated by Nintendo and Sega, and has been documented in this impressive Flick gallery. That feels like a billion years ago.
  • 1991: Remember the Philips CD-i, or compact disc interactive? Philips is hoping you don’t. They introduced the format and machines at CES in 1991, and it vanished forever in 1998, taking its terrible games with it.
  • 1995: Speaking of failures, Nintendo showed off the Virtual Boy at CES in 1995, and it later tanked. Which might be why they aren’t showing off the Nintendo 3DS. It was also their last CES. Coincidence?
  • 1996: Apple, in conjunction with Bandai, launches their Pippin gaming device, which sells only 10,000 units and fades into obscurity. Will Apple ever get back into the console gaming arena? They’re dominating the phone gaming market, so anything is possible.
  • 2001: Microsoft introduces the original Xbox at CES in a keynote speech that included both Bill Gates and The Rock. Strange, but true.


  • 2003: The Blu-ray disc was introduced, and almost immediately dismissed by nearly everyone, including USA Today. But fast-forward to CES 2008, where Warner Bros. announces it is dropping HD DVD, and that signals the end of the format, which quickly fades away. Winner? Sony and the PlayStation 3. We still hear rumblings of a possible Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on, but that’s starting to seem less and less likely as digital downloads and streaming video get more popular.
  • 2010: Do you remember what happened at CES a year ago? Microsoft announced Game Room, Sony’s 3D offerings dominated their booth (and 3D was king of the show), while a lof of third-party peripherals were announced. What does this year hold in store? We aren’t sure yet, but find out with us here. Hopefully we’ll learn what Avatar Kinect is, and more.

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