The 3 Best Things We Saw at CES 2016
Sal Thomas / Jan 12th, 2016 No Comments
CES 2016 has come and gone, and this year’s show made it clear that the future of technology revolves heavily around gaming. With a new professional league taking center stage at CES (ELEAGUE), more companies showing off gaming accessories, and virtual reality making a big push to the front lines of tech, gamers have a lot to look forward to.
While there were too many amazing products at CES to name, we’ve narrowed down the best three items we saw on the show floor.
Razer mostly made headlines by introducing the Blade Stealth ultrabook and the companion Razer Core, but the Razer Stargazer caught our attention. You’re probably asking yourself why we’re talking about a webcam in 2016, but it’s because the Stargazer was truly impressive.
While most streamers are using the Logitech C920, the Stargazer is the new gold standard. The Stargazer eliminates the hassle of setting up a green screen. Simply plug it in and you’re ready to go. Using Intel’s RealSense technology, the webcam will remove the background and replace it with whatever you want. At the Razer booth, the webcam instantly recognized me and cut out the crowded show floor from the demo stream. This will give YouTubers and streamers an instant professional look.
The only gripe we have is the price. At $199.99, it’s a bit on the pricey side for what it will be the first of its kind to market. The Stargazer is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2016.
The Corsair Bulldog makes our list because of what it means for console gamers. Until Microsoft or Sony decide to update their respective consoles to be able to output 4K, those who want to play games at their highest definition must play on high-powered PC. The Corsair Bulldog solves this problem by bringing a sleek-looking semi-portable 4K gaming PC into the living room.
The aesthetics are pleasing enough to keep the device in the living room, and the ability to configure the rig as you please means every gamer can get what they need from it. By adding the Lapdog, users have a comfortable keyboard and mouse setup to use in the living room, while an Xbox One controller can be used for gaming on the Bulldog. This might be the way for console gamers to join the PC master race.
Turner Sports and ELEAGUE
Finally, we have not a product, but a service. The ELEAGUE formed from a partnership with Turner Sports and WME/IMG. This is huge news for eSports for many reasons.
With the newly formed league having the same partners as the NFL, NBA and MLB, a lot of money is being invested in the eSports community. The possilbities are endless. Let’s just hope Turner Sports, which will air matches on TBS, knows what its doing when it comes to eSports.
Gaming is the Future
At CES 2016, it became more apparent that the gaming industry has sparked a wave of new products and created its own niche industries. Gaming has evolved from sitting on the couch with a controller. Now, products are meant for streamers, watchers and even people who don’t want to just sit down while playing games. This is a tease of what’s to come in tech, and this year’s CES showed a bright future for the world of gaming.
What did you like from CES? Comment below and let us know.
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tags: CES 2016 , Corsair Bulldog , ELEAGUE , opinion , Razer Stargazer