Best Gaming Hardware At CES 2018: Retro Consoles, HTC Vive Pro, And More
By Jimmy Thang and Michael Higham | @michaelphigham on
HTC Vive Pro
HTC revealed its Vive Pro, which offers a 2880x1600 resolution dual AMOLED screen that is 78% sharper than the original Vive. The improved headset also features a new ergonomic design that is more comfortable and balanced than its front-heavy predecessor. Like HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap (DAS) attachment for the Vive, the Vive Pro comes with built-in headphones, which do a great job blocking out sound this time around. It also features a dial to adjust tightness like the DAS. The exterior of the HMD has a dark navy blue tint to it, and the front of the headset features two cameras as opposed to the Vive's singular solution. HTC did not announce a specific price or release date for the Vive Pro.
Hyperkin Ultra GB
Hyperkin is bringing back the original Nintendo Game Boy in the form of the Ultra GB. It looks nearly identical to the old Game Boy Pocket and plays all the original cartridges. The prototype shown off at CES had a blue screen tint, but Hyperkin said it'll implement an RGB wheel to change the tint. It features a front-lit screen, stereo audio, and an aluminum chassis. The final version will have a USB-C port for charging as well.
Hyperkin SupaBoy SFC
Hyperkin keeps introducing new ways to play old games, and the SupaBoy SFC is an example of that. The SupaBoy is essentially a portable SNES/Super Famicom since it plays original SNES and Super Famicom cartridges, and has an NTSC/PAL switch. It sports a Super Famicom color scheme, unlike the previous SupaBoy S. This new version can also switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios on its 4.3-inch screen. It charges through microUSB and is said to last up to 10 hours when fully charged.
Retro-bit Super Retro Trio Plus
Retro-bit showed off a new version of its retro console, the Super Retro Trio Plus. It plays original NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis cartridges, but the new addition to this model is its HDMI port and sharper 720p resolution, which makes it convenient to play old games on new TVs. There are ports for all three controllers of the original consoles, but it also comes with two of Retro-bit's own controllers.
Retro-bit GoRetro Portable
The GoRetro Portable is a play on the Game Boy design. Retro-bit says it'll come with over 350 games preloaded, but the final roster is still being finalized; games from Capcom and Data East were playable at CES. It charges through microUSB and is said to last up to 10 hours on a full charge. Two color schemes will be available: light blue with grey accent and black with red accent.
Razer Project Linda
Every year, Razer likes to show off a piece of prototype technology at CES that may not hit the market. This year we have Project Linda, which looks like a laptop but acts as a dock for Razer's Phone, which turns the mobile device into what's essentially an Android-based laptop. It takes on the form factor of the Razer Blade Stealth and has an internal battery, storage, and an RGB keyboard, but all the computing power comes from the Razer Phone itself.
Nvidia Big Format Display
Nvidia's BFG Display might look like a 65-inch TV, but it's actually more like a massive gaming monitor. The acronym stands for big format gaming display. The absence of a TV tuner isn't the only thing that separates it from a standard TV, but it also has a host of technologies that make it more akin to a high-end gaming monitor. Not only does it support 4K and HDR, but it features Nvidia G-sync, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and offers low latency that Nvidia claims to be closer to what you'd find in leading gaming monitors. Finally, it features Nvidia Shield built right into the monitor. No price has yet been announced for the BFG Display, but Nvidia is working with companies like HP, Acer, and Asus to release the TV-like monitor sometime this summer.
Digital Storm Spark
Digital Storm's Spark PC may be the most powerful gaming PC for its size. This console-sized PC is equipped with Intel's leading 6-core 8700K CPU on a Micro STX motherboard, which is the smallest and newest motherboard standard. It's also equipped with an MXM-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, which is the same high-performing GPU you see in today's leading gaming laptops. To top it off, both the GPU and CPU are water-cooled.
Digital Aventum X
Aventum X is Digital Storm's biggest and baddest full-tower gaming PC. It features a plethora of RGB LED fans and tempered glass all around to show them off. To top it off, it features a custom loop cooler that keeps both the CPU and GPU from overheating.
HyperX Fury RGB SSD
What makes HyperX Fury RGB SSD really stand out is that it's one of the few solid-state drives on the market to come with built-in RGB LEDs. You can customize the colors using software tools like Aura Sync and RGB Fusion. Beyond the colors, the drive uses 3D NAND, which is a type of memory storage that stacks on top of each other to reach higher densities. The HyperX Fury RGB can hold up to one terabyte of storage.
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB RAM
HyperX isn't the first company to design RGB RAM, but what separates its memory kit from the rest is that it features an infrared sensor between the modules that allow them to sync their lights and colors up.
CyberPower PC Hyper Liquid II
CyberpowerPC Hyper Liquid II PC is a thing of beauty. The motherboard is mounted at a 45 degree angle and it features tempered glass with a plethora of RGB lights that support up to 16 million colors. Under the glass, the system rocks Intel's 18-core 7980X CPU coupled with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU.
CyberPower PC Luxe
CyberPower PC's Luxe represents the company's most expensive build. It can be equipped with leading components from Intel and Nvidia and features an all tempered glass case with an open design. It also features a custom-loop cooler with tons of RGB lights. The only downside is that it might attract dust and probably isn't very cat-friendly either.
CyberPower PC L Series
CyberPower PC's L Series represents high-end systems built with a custom case that can be equipped with top-of-the-line CPUs and GPUs. It's designed for gamers who want to stream and do some video editing and 3D rendering. It also features one tempered glass window.
CyberPower PC Esports Series
The company's Esports Series is designed for the more budget-conscious PC gamer. Builds start as low as $700 US. Having said that, the mid-tower build can still be equipped with high-end components, and the system comes with a closed-loop liquid cooler and a tempered glass side panel.
Corsair Carbide Spec Omega
The next iteration in the Carbide case series from Corsair is the Spec Omega line. The front panel has an asymmetrical cut with an LED strip to separate tempered glass portion. Its side panel is also tempered glass. The Spec Omega comes in white, red, or black.
Corsair Obsidian 500D
The Corsair Obsidian 500D is a thick and sleek case that opts for a more minimalist look. Two models will be available, one with a full tempered glass side and front panel, and another that uses all aluminum panels. There's plenty of room for cooling fans and huge video cards in the 500D.
Corsair AX1600i PSU
At CES, Corsair announced its highest-end power supply unit, the AX1600i. As the name suggests, it offers up to 1600 watts of power, which is the maximum power draw limit for a PSU in the United States. It also carries a Titanium rating, which means it's very power-efficient and reliable. Finally, it has a zero RPM fan mode so that it can run completely silent if you're not pushing your system.
Corsair RGB Fans
Corsair's new RGB fans feature 12 LEDs around the perimeter and four LEDs in the center. They also support over 16 million colors and are tuned to run quietly as well.
Corsair H115i / H150i
After three years, Corsair is releasing new closed-loop CPU water coolers. The company's H115i features two quiet 140mm fans coupled with a 280mm radiator with an RGB CPU block. The bigger H150i variant offers three 140mm fans paired with a 380mm radiator for larger systems that require even more serious cooling needs.
Zotac's Mek1 gaming PC features a console-like chassis that's equipped with leading components like a GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel's six-core i7-8700 CPU. It also comes with a mechanical keyboard and mouse.
Zotac Destiny 2 PC
This Destiny 2 case mod by famed modder Ron Lee Christianson uses Phantek's Enthoo Evolve ITX chassis and sports Zotac's GTX 1080 Mini GPU.
Lian Li Lancool
Lian Li's Lancool case is just in a conceptual design stage at the moment, but what makes it unique is that it features two cut-out slits for air to pass through the chassis in the front. Its silver metallic face coupled with RGB lights also give it a futuristic Tron-like vibe.
Lian Li 12 Fan Case
This Lian Li case can support up to 12 fans, which is the most we've ever seen in a case this size.
Origin PC Genesis
Origin PC's massive full-tower isn't entirely new, but the boutique system vendor has made several tweaks to its design that make it better. The build features toolless and swappable side panel options for either an aluminum or tempered glass look. You can also order the system so that the motherboard can be mounted in four different orientations, while the system can support up to four graphics cards. You can even have the case custom painted.
Origin PC Omni
Origin PC's Omni is an all-in-one rig, which features a gaming PC embedded into a Samsung monitor. It's equipped with a Micro ATX motherboard that can be armed with Intel's latest eighth generation CPU and supports up to a GTX 1080 Ti GPU.
OriginPC Chronos XL
Despite the XL in the name, Origin PC's Chronos XL is a small computer. It's perhaps one of the smallest gaming PCs to feature two video cards running in SLI for improved performance. In this particular case, the Chronos XL is rocking two Star Wars-themed GeForce GTX Titan XP GPUs.
Viewsonic revealed a 21:9 curved gaming monitor that features a 35-inch 3840x1440p display. The panel is also sporting a 100Hz refresh rate and supports AMD FreeSync.
Viewsonic 4K Projector
Viewsonic is releasing a 4K HDR projector. It offers up to 15,000 hours of lamp life and will retail for $1,849 US.
Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box
At Gigabyte's CES suite, the company showed off its Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box. It's a graphics amplifier sold with either a small GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 built in and allows any laptop or PC that supports a Thunderbolt USB-C connection to be outfitted with a top-of-the-line GPU.
SilverStone Nightjar fanless 600W PSU
SilverStone showed off its Nightjar fanless 600 watt power supply unit, which is the most powerful PSU that is passively cooled. This means it will run completely silent, no matter the power load. It's also a really efficient PSU with an 80 Plus Titanium rating, meaning you'll be saving energy over comparable PSUs.
Strider Platinum 1000W and 1200W PSU
The company also displayed its 1,000 W and 1,200 W Strider Platinum model PSUs. As the name suggests, both units carry Platinum-level ratings, but what makes them stand out is that they are really compact for the wattage they carry. For instance, the 1200 W unit is roughly the same size as a typical 500 W PSU. This allows users to build very powerful computers in compact form factors.
SilverStone showed off its new RL07 ATX case. The chassis comes in either white with blue trim or black with red trim as the pic showcases above. Both variants are made from steel and feature a tempered glass side window.
The company revealed its PM02 ATX case, which also come in either white or black variants. They also feature an underglow LED that illuminates the SilverStone logo beneath the front of the case. While they are also made from steel like the aforementioned RL07, what separates it is the mesh design on the front.
The last SilverStone case we saw was the company's LD01. It's a Micro-ATX case where you mount the motherboard upside down. The case also allows you to move the HDD rack underneath the PSU shroud. Like the aforementioned SilverStone cases, it features a steel and tempered glass design.
HTC Vive WiGig Wireless Attachment
HTC has partnered with Intel to deliver the HTC Vive WiGig peripheral, which comes with a battery bank and attaches to the headset and allows it to be wireless. We got a chance to try out the device at CES and can say that it's able to deliver a smooth, low-latency performance. The tradeoff, however, is that the video feed does look significantly compressed. It is worth mentioning that the WiGig isn't finished, so this could potentially improve over time.
SteamVR Tracker 2.0
The Vive Pro will come with Valve's second-generation SteamVR lighthouse trackers (seen on the right). What separates them from their predecessors (seen on the left) is that they cover a larger tracking area, and you can tether up to four of them together. This makes them ideal for larger VR arcades with lots of space.