CES 2015 Preview
Sal Thomas / Dec 17th, 2014 No Comments
It’s beginning to look a lot like…CES. For the tech industry, CES is like Christmas. For three days, everybody in the electronics industry makes their way to Las Vegas to converse, party, display and view what is on the horizon. The latest technology, from new televisions, the latest smartphones and wearable devices to health tech and home automation, will be showcased at CES 2015.
What are we expecting this year at CES? Expect the rise of wearable tech to continue, more virtual reality, and as usual, a lot of big, beautiful TVs.
CES encompasses the entire electronics industry, but televisions always seem to steal the show. While Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic and others will no doubt be showcasing the latest TVs, don’t expect too much in terms of new innovation from this segment. With the slow growth and high price point of 4K televisions, it doesn’t seem like companies will be ready to invest in 4K 3D or 8K. However, 4K could become more affordable, and companies will need to introduce ways to produce and extend 4K service to consumers beyond the 20 or so movies Sony has released and the few shows that are available on Netflix. Expect more back-end technology with regards to streaming and distributing 4K.
As always, the big companies will be putting on the TV-peen size comparison trying to see whose is the biggest. Hopefully it doesn’t spin out of control this year as it did last (looking at you Samsung and your $100,000 100-inch TV).
In terms of smartphones and mobile technology, expect to see a lot without actually seeing a lot. Wearables will be some of the most talked about products at CES 2015 (here’s hoping for the Apple Watch to show its face). Android Wear should be announcing a few new partners and show off either pre-production or prototype watches with an emphasis on high fashion. Companies like Fossil, Movado and Tag Heuer could be making Android-ready smartwatches that blend new technology with classic looks.
Like TVs, consumer tablets could be going in the direction of bigger screen sizes. Expect to see more 11 or 12-in. tablets with 4K resolution. With the industry pushing so hard for 4K, it will be interesting to see if it is adapted as fast as 1080p was. With the recent news that new Snapdragon mobile chips are having a shortage and overheating, it would make more sense for companies to hold off on big smartphone announcements until Mobile World Congress in March.
It wouldn’t be a gaming website if we didn’t include gaming in the preview, right? Granted this is not E3 or Gamescom, but it doesn’t seem like any gaming companies that will be making waves at CES 2015. Hopefully more hardware-driven companies such as Razer or Corsair surprise folks at the show.
With Steam acknowledging the company is sitting out CES this year (no Steam boxes) and Sony already showing off what’s in store for 2015 at the PlayStation Experience, it doesn’t look to be a good start for the gaming segment at CES. Perhaps a surprise — like Sony announcing a release date for Project Morpheus — occurs, but only time will tell. So will we when we bring you coverage of CES 2015 beginning Jan. 6.
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