Another year, another Consumer Electronics Show, and another SQUAD wrapup showcasing the coolest gaming tech announced at the show! Let’s get right into it and show you the coolest gaming tech to come out of CES 2022!
Alienware’s Concept Nyx
Game streaming is nothing new, but it is an ever-evolving market. Concept Nyx is a familiar idea but would take this a step further. Nyx would be like establishing a game server in your home for simultaneous access and play throughout the house. On top of that somehow, it could allow multiple people to share the games library and play different games at the same time. This could allow you to even drop in and out of games with each other, while also letting you swap between devices so you can leave one room and resume playing in the next… which is kind of nuts.
Nyx is all in the early stages still, hence the “concept” part, but this is definitely something that could completely change the way we experience our games.
Spicy gaming screens
Let’s start off with Samsung’s newest Odyssey entry – the Samsung Odyssey G8. The Odyssey G8 is the world’s first 4K 240hz monitor. If I had to guess, this is for those looking for the best possible graphical fidelity, at the most gamer speeds. Sure, the monitor won’t be cheap, and it’ll be extremely difficult to actually run anything at both 240hz and 4K – but it’s about the opportunity, dammit.
On top of that, Samsung also showed off the Odyssey Ark – which is essentially their ultrawide curved screen experience but tailored more towards gaming and content creation. I’ll be honest, this really does look great for streaming. If you’re not into the whole vertical monitor shtick, you can just use it like a regular ultrawide. A 55” screen is still a 55” screen, take advantage of that s**t.
Don’t forget about Alienware’s quantum dot OLED screen though. To keep things brief I’ll summarize it like this: 34 inches of incredibly clear, crisp, and quick picture quality. We should be rooting for this tech more than we are.
Nvidia’s RTX 3090 Ti
An extreme monitor like the Odyssey G8 is definitely going to require some extreme hardware to power it. That’s where the RTX 3090 Ti comes in… theoretically. I only say theoretically because judging by the current trends, it’ll be hard enough to get this thing as it is. I mean, not only is it the top-of-the-line RTX card, but it’s going to be expensive as hell.
Will it be worth it? You tell me. I won’t bore you with talk of Teraflops and CUDA cores. I will say that with 24GBs of memory and 21Gbps of GDDR6X memory, this is definitely the graphics card to score if you’re looking at maxing out your gaming experience. Ya know, if there was one thing I would take out of CES 2022, it’s that gaming tech is just so damn expensive sometimes.
Augmented Reality is getting closer
The Kura Gallium is an impressive bit of Augmented Reality tech. An almost completely transparent display, coupled with the possibility of a seamless experience could further open up a new reality of gaming. Imagine your favorite AR games like Pokémon Go and Pikmin Bloom. Now imagine playing them in the real world without looking through your phone and being able to interact in real-time with the game.
Of course, this isn’t how the Kura Gallium was advertised – but it’s only a matter of time. Companies are getting into this Post-Google-Glass space. Microsoft is partnering with Qualcomm to make AR glasses, Adidas is partnering with Mojo Vision to make smart contact lenses, and here I am left thinking that Google Glass was ahead of its time. I mean, it still looked stupid, but the concept was exciting for a little teenage nerd like me.
In my search for the coolest CES 2022 gaming tech, at no point did I expect to see a gaming desk. Well of course, if there had to be one, it had to be from Razer. Yup, our favorite gaming gamer gamey games brand is back again to do something nobody expected that is also kind of questionable!
Project Sophia is a gaming desk… but made modular. The desk features 13 magnetic modules that you can swap out at will to best suit your gaming experience. These modules range from things like programmable hotkeys to system monitoring to even just straight hooking up an eGPU – which is just a graphics card plugged in separately from the main PC. I’ll be the first to admit it, it’s actually really cool. Is it practical? Depending on who you are. Is it affordable? We don’t know yet, but I guarantee it’ll cost a pretty penny. It’s got RGB though, because why wouldn’t it?
Remember a couple of years ago when everyone was making gaming handhelds that looked a bit like the Nintendo Switch? Well, the AyaNeo Next continues that trend, making what is essentially the Steam Deck, but stronger and way more expensive. Looking at the upgraded versions of the Next – the Next Advance and Next Pro – these little handhelds are definitely going to be the pocket PCs people are looking for, with the specs – and price tag – to match.
A wireless headset with 300 hours of battery life – seriously
No, this is not a typo, HyperX is really making a headset with 300 hours’ worth of battery life. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is part of their popular Cloud series of headsets. I wasn’t going to include a headset on the list, I really wasn’t. But I mean come on! I remember when I used the Cloud Flight headset and I was like “yeah the range on these is great! I can be in my kitchen hearing my Discord friends talk s**t, sweet!” Even then the max I got was 30 hours of battery, and I thought that was pretty awesome since I was still doing around 10-hour gaming sessions some days.
Now, much to the chagrin of my editor I am in fact going to talk about VR as more than just a passing thought. You guys remember the Playstation VR right? Well, buckle up, because it’s getting an update for the new era of console gaming! Yes if you’re a fan of the PSVR – not that I’ve ever personally met one – then get ready to shell out a whole heap of money again on the new generation consoles. I don’t mean that as a bad thing though, this generation seems pretty worth it.
The PSVR2 is shaping up to be much more streamlined than the previous generation, taking what we learned in the 6 years since the original and applying it to the new kid on the block. The PSVR2 will feature 4K HDR, 90/120 Hz refresh rates, widened FOV, eye tracking, headset haptics, and more.
Now, I know that’s a lot to read if you’re not already in the VR community, and I’m sorry. Just trust me on this, it’s all shaping up to be really cool. We’re getting closer to those sci-fi flicks where virtual reality is just like real life – which is scary, and awesome at the same time. VR is only ever getting better and more accessible over time, and the popularity of the Oculus Quest 2 proves that.
The wrap-up, wrapped up!
Looks like that’s it for me this year! What gaming tech reveal at CES 2022 surprised or excited you the most? Personally, I’m strangely excited for the modular desk. I think it’s just because I like toying and tinkering with things.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next year for CES 2023!