The coolest gaming gear from CES 2023

CES 2023, the annual electronics trade show that previews upcoming technologies and future concepts, kicked off in Las Vegas on Thursday. This year’s show features Concept cars, extravagant refrigerators and wireless televisions as some of the main attractions. There are many revelations that should interest gamers as well, especially as corporations like it Sony promise that supply problems will begin to resolve.

From new laptops to giant monitors, here’s some of the most interesting gaming hardware we saw at CES.

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Dell’s revamped, budget-friendly gaming laptops

Dell has revamped its G15 and G16 gaming laptops, and they’re loaded with the latest Intel, AMD and Nvidia chips, according to CNET’s Joshua Goldman. They have chunky, angular bodies with two-tone designs, and more importantly, these laptops can play AAA games without breaking the bank. Prices for the new G15 and G16 start at around $849 and $1,499, respectively. The laptops are scheduled to ship in the next few months. Availability and pricing in the UK and Australia is still TBA.

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Alienware’s thin and powerful gaming laptops

Alienware unveiled four new gaming laptops at CES, Goldman reported. Two of these laptops in particular caught our eye. Alienware said its second-gen x14 is the world’s thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop. The x14 is coming this winter and will start at $1,799, but UK and Australian release dates and pricing have not been announced.

Then Alienware announced the new m18, which comes with an 18-inch screen and your choice of Intel or AMD processors and Nvidia or Radeon graphics. It features seven heat pipes and four fans to keep everything cool, two user-replaceable DDR5 SO-DIMM slots, and up to 9TB of potential storage. Alienware will offer the m18 with either 165 Hz, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution or 480 Hz, 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution screens. Only the high-end configuration will be available at launch, with a starting price of around $2,800.

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Samsung’s new gaming monitor is a monster

Gaming monitors have grown over the years, and this year is no different. As reported by CNET’s Lori Grunin, Samsung unveiled its gigantic 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 monitor at CES, a curved monitor of the HDR 1000 model. The monitor has a resolution of 7,680 x 2,160 pixels, a refresh rate of 240 Hz and a 32:9 aspect ratio. However, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 is probably the only GPU that can handle this monitor, so you might need to upgrade your setup if you want to play anything smoothly. This monitor is expected to ship later this year, but no price has been announced.

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Alienware’s fastest gaming monitor yet

Alienware’s new AW2524H 25-inch gaming monitor is a contender for the fastest gaming monitor at CES 2023, according to Grunin. The monitor is capable of a 500Hz refresh rate when overclocked and has a native 480Hz refresh rate. This monitor is based on IPS, which gives it better colors, viewing angles and higher brightness than the first 500Hz monitor, Asus ROG Swift 500Hz, which uses TN technology. It’s expected to begin shipping in China in early February and in the US in late March, but a price hasn’t been announced yet.

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Sony shows its new Accessibility Controller

Sony introduced Project Leonardo, a new gaming controller kit designed specifically for people with disabilities, CNET’s Steven Musil reported. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said the kit will “allow gamers with disabilities to play easier, more comfortably and for longer.” Sony hasn’t announced a price or release date for the kit.

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Dell’s concept Nyx controller

If you prefer PC gaming with a controller rather than a keyboard, Dell has unveiled a Nyx controller that might interest you. The controller looks like a standard controller, but has some additional features, according to CNET’s Dan Ackerman. There’s a fingerprint reader under the center button, two scroll wheels under the center area so you can easily zoom and select items, and there are two toggle buttons on the back of the controller to toggle between sets of commands. There are also touch sensors under the shoulder buttons that you can slide your finger across to create different effects. The controller is just a concept, so there’s no word on a release date or price.

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Razer’s new gaming handheld is now available for pre-order

Razer’s Edge, a convertible gaming tablet, was first introduced almost a decade ago. Since then, the gaming tablet has undergone a few changes, and you can pre-order the new version now, according to CNET’s Scott Stein. The Edge is an Android tablet with an attachable gaming controller and a 2,400 x 1,080 pixel display that runs at up to 144 Hz. Razer said this is the best way to try out Xbox cloud gaming or play games through Steam Link. You can also store games on the 128GB of storage so you can play on the go, or expand your storage to 2TB thanks to a microSD card slot. You can pre-order the new Edge for $400 and it’s expected to arrive on January 26th.

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See inside your PC with HYTE’s new Glass Tower case

Building your own PC can be a fun process and a source of pride for some gamers, and you can show off your rig with HYTE’s new glass tower case, the Y40. The case is the successor to the Y60 and features two-piece panoramic tempered glass that gives you an unobstructed view of your PC. The glass side panel can also be removed with a tool-less tab for easy access to your PC’s components. The Y40 supports up to 280mm all-in-one liquid coolers that are side-mounted and up to 360mm AIO that are top-mounted. The case features two USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm combo jack and is available in three colors – black with black interior, white with black interior, and red with black Inside. The Y40 is available now for $150.

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HyperX’s 3D printed keycaps

HyperX, HP’s peripheral division, announced 3D-printed keycaps to personalize your keyboard, Ackerman said. HyperX previewed various themed keycaps, including cute and cozy, as well as a dark fantasy theme full of skulls and horns. There are spare WASD keys for gaming and mini sculpts that are more decorative but still functional. The keycaps will be released in limited waves with additional designs starting this month and will cost around $20.

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Samsung debuts gaming-focused soundbars

Sound is an important part of any gaming experience, whether you’re playing an atmospheric game like Dead Space or chatting with your friends in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. According to CNET’s Ty Pendlebury, Samsung’s latest Dolby Atmos soundbars are focused on giving you the best sound in your games. The HW-G60C features echo-cancelling microphones and LED lighting. It’s designed for use with a PC, but should work with a TV. The HW-Q990C includes sound modes like Game Pro 2.0 and Adaptive Sound 2.0 that deliver “clear sound with AI sound optimization technology”. Pricing and availability were not disclosed.

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The Govee gaming box puts on a light show while you play

Smart lighting newcomer Govee unveiled its AI Gaming Sync Box kit at CES, CNET’s Andrew Blok reported. Govee said the kit has “almost no sync lag”. The box also triggers certain lighting effects for in-game achievements. Govee expects the kit to cost between $300 and $350 and expects it to be available sometime this year.

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