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Eyes-on with Gunnar's Intercept Color collection


Deal with it
Jan 09
// Dale North
Hey, who is that cool-looking mothertrucker over there in the blue-framed glasses? Oh, that's me in a mirror, wearing Gunnar's new Intercept Color Collection gaming eyewear.  I went eyes-on at with these at CES this week...
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Seconded: Another thumbs up for SteelSeries' H Wireless


Loooong-range
Jan 09
// Dale North
I know that we brought you a full review of the SteelSeries H Wireless headset a few days back, but after trying them out at CES today I wanted to say a bit more about them. Chris did a fine job, but I liked these so much tha...
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You're going to want Nvidia's G-SYNC


When it's cheaper, and if you use Nvidia GPUs
Jan 09
// Dale North
We've known about Nvidia’s G-Sync tech for a bit, but seeing how it performs first hand at CES today has moved the purchase of new compatible hardware up my priority list by quite a bit. Nvidia had several of the newly ...
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Here is racing on three 4K screens


Hot damn
Jan 08
// Dale North
At Nvidia's CES booth, Project Cars is running on 3 4K screens here -- 4K surround, if you will. That means you're seeing 11,520 by 2,160, or 1.5 billion pixels per second! I gave it a spin on an Origin PC running quad-SLI, u...
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Nyko shows off their first nex-gen accessories


Double your DualShock4 battery life
Jan 08
// Dale North
We met with Nyko today at CES to get a look at their first accessories for next-gen consoles.  The PS4 gets an Intercooler this spring, with the price set at around $25. Just like Nyko's PS3 version, the PS4 Intercooler ...
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Up close and personal with Razer's Project Christine


And some details on how it works
Jan 08
// Dale North
At CES today, Razer snuck us in to get a closer look at their newly unveiled modular PC concept, which they've codenamed Project Christine. We got to talk to them about how this odd looking tower of blocks would work, and then we got to get up close to take some pictures.  I got in trouble for touching it!
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DTOID News coming to you from an alleyway
Whoa, it's 2014! What do you know! Well, here's what we know: Sony has detailed PlayStation Now, the Gaikai streaming plan, Valve has showed off fourteen different Steam Boxes and Dale got to play with that funky new controll...

PlayStation Now hands-on impressions

Jan 07 // Dale North
What's neat about the particular Bravia television I tried The Last of Us on was that it features Bluetooth connectivity so that the DualShock 3 controllers can connect directly. Being a connected TV is what enables it to support PS Now. There's no other kind of background magic going on. I suspect that the bigger the TV, the more you'll be bothered by the compression artifacts that this streaming tech causes. This 60-inch 4K set showed some blurry blobs in a Beyond:Two Souls cutscene. The darker scenes of The Last of Us also seemed to block out a bit. It's not necessarily harder to see your way around, but the dark colors don't do the tech any favors. Those seeking out find details and bright colors will be a bit disappointed. But we're nowhere near deal breaker territory here. God of War: Ascension looked great, even right up on the screen. And it's not like Beyond and The Last of Us looked bad. It looks just as you'd except -- like a streaming game. When you boil it all down, you're probably not looking for streaming evidence why you're playing. Or at least you shouldn't be. With the Vita, you’ll have to work hard to find visual issues. The small screen does streaming play a lot of favors. It's hard to see the loss of detail, and the hit to color isn't as severe. Puppeteer looked really nice, and I think I'd rather play The Last of Us on the Vita after trying the two side by side. God of War: Ascension looked good enough that I forgot I was playing a streaming game. I don't know that I could say the same thing about the Bravia setup. More importantly, everything I tried played wonderfully. Both the Vita and Bravia setups played well enough that there's really nothing to talk about here. It is actually easy to not be impressed because it works exactly as you'd expect. Responsive, lag free, and totally without incident -- flawless. It remains to be seen if we'll see as respectable performance over wireless and Internet connections. And we have yet to try mobile and tablet play. I feel like, no matter the situation, Gaikai's tech will be good enough for me to enjoy all of the old PlayStation RPGs via PS Now. Action and arcade may not fare as well. We'll see. A closed beta for Now will kick off at the end of the month. Launch date, cost, and other details are further off.
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Both Vita and Bravia TV
Sony set up a media mixer today outside of CES to let us get a better look at PlayStation Now, their new streaming technology they announced this morning. The same games were available on the Vita and Bravia television demo stations: God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls.

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New version of Oculus Rift features positional tracking


Plus AMOLED display
Jan 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest model of the Oculus Rift is on display at CES this week. We'll be getting some hands-on time later this week, but in the mean time Wired shares the newest features of the device. The biggest thing is that the head-...

Razer wants to reinvent the gaming PC as we know it

Jan 07 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
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The world's most modular PC
I'll give you a second to take in the image of Razer's new modular PC concept. Project Christine is a "revolutionary new concept design that will change the way users view PCs." Basically, the system will allow for anyone to ...

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Backwards compatibility arrives this summer in the US
Revealed by Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House at CES 2014, the company's Gaikai-powered cloud gaming service is called PlayStation Now, and it's coming sooner than anticipated -- this summer in the United States. T...

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PS Now hands-on

PlayStation Now really works!


First hands-on from CES
Jan 07
// Dale North
I just had my first hands on with the newly announced PlayStation Now streaming service here at CES 2014, and I'm here to tell you that it seems to work beautifully.
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Sony sold 4.2 million PS4s as of December 28


Here we go...
Jan 07
// Jordan Devore
And here we are. For those who wanted something to compare the Xbox One's three million sales in 2013 against, Sony has come out with the PlayStation 4 figures for last year. Announced by Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andre...
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A gallery of the new Steam Machines


From last night's unveiling
Jan 07
// Dale North
Valve unveiled 14 Steam Machines at their CES press conference this past evening. After Gabe Newell gave us the rundown, we had a chance to get up close with some of the new models. Here is a gallery of the new machines we sa...
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HipShotDot puts a red dot right on your screen


Never lose sight of your... sight
Jan 07
// Dale North
I thought something was wrong with a television I came across at CES tonight. There was a big red dot right in the center of a screen, like a really bright bad pixel. At second glance I noticed that a game of Call of Duty Gho...
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Maingear's Spark Steam Machine is tiny


No price listed yet, but it's small!
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Maingear's entry to the Steam Machine market is the small form factor Spark. The system weighs less than one pound, and is smaller than a DVD case. Dimension wise, it's 4.5” width, 4.23 depth, and 2.34” in height....

Steam Controller first hands-on impressions

Jan 06 // Dale North
First off, those pads: Skimming your thumbs across the top of the controller pads has them working kind of like trackpads. That's really neat to experience at first. But the controller pads are so sensitive. Soooo sensitive. I suppose the resolution is great for shooters (one for camera, another for aim), but I had trouble getting a feel for the precision I needed in these games. Walking around in shooters felt pretty good, but when any kind of precision pointing was needed (read: actually shooting), I felt like my pants were down a bit.  The pads are one big disc, and when you press down in any one area, they work as a button. The problem is that you don't have a feel for where you're pressing. Of course, the controller's many buttons will let you remap to your heart's content, but the issue is that none of the alternatives fall directly underneath your thumb like we're used to. There are bindings to play with, which makes middle grid and grip buttons ripe for customization. In the bindings screen we saw that you could also select community-made bindings for your game. There were some creative combos mapped for Portal, I found. The typing wheel is neat, though I wouldn't call it intuitive. The left stick has you moving to pick one of several 4-letter zones, with confirmation for one of the four coming from what you do with the right pad. Click down on the north, south, east, or west directions to pick a letter. The UI was navigated by either the left pad, using it much like you would an analog stick on a console, or with the right pad, using it like a mouse, with one of the right triggers working like a mouse click. I found the latter method best for getting around the library. It's just like surfing the web and clicking links. But the UI is kind of messy, and there are too many buttons. Jumping into navigation cold turkey, I found myself completely lost in trying to figure out which buttons do what. If I had a few hours to get used to this controller, I'd be okay. I got used to Metro: Last Light and Portal enough to play them, but I never felt totally comfortable with them. I fared a bit better with platformers like Trine 2, though pointing took a bit to get used to. The bottom line for me is that it's weird not pressing something. A shape. Something I can feel. I want buttons under my left thumb. But, when that right pad is used as a mouse, it's great. This would be a dream for couch surfing. For the left pad, I think it would take a good long time before I got used to it as a d-pad or analog movement control. If there were some way to attach an optional stick to the left pad, that would be neat. The Steam Controller is a neat thing, and I definitely want one to play with. It does everything you need for PC gaming on your couch (save for fighting games, I'm guessing), so hats off to Valve for that. But I think it will take me a bit of time to get used to.
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Getting used to it
Valve had plenty of Steam controllers for press to try following their press conference tonight at CES. I gave it a spin with several games, with varying success. I also played around with the UI a bit. Read on for my first impressions. 

Steam Machine prices range from $499 to $6,000

Jan 06 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Alienware - TBA Alternate - $1339CPU: Intel Core i5 4570Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 760RAM: 16GBStorage:1TB SSHD CyberPowerPC - $499+CPU: AMD/Intel Core i5 CPUGraphics: AMD Radeon R9 270/Nvidia GTX 760RAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB Digital Storm Bolt II - $2,584CPU: Intel Core i7 4770KGraphics: GTX 780 TiRAM: 16GBStorage: 1TB HDD + 120 GB SSD Falcon Northwest - $1,799 - $6000CPU: customizableGraphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX TitanRAM: 8 to 16 GBStorage: up to 6 TB Gigabyte Brix Pro - TBACPU: Intel Core i7-4770RGraphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200RAM: 2 x 4GBStorage: 1TB SATA 6GB/SATA iBuyPower - $499+CPU: Quad core AMD or IntelGraphics: Radeon GCN GraphicsRAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB+ Maingear - TBACPU: TBAGraphics: TBARAM: TBAStorage: TBA  Materiel.net - $1,098CPU: Intel Core i5 4440Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OCRAM: 8GBStorage: 8 GB + 1 TB SSHD Origin PC Chronos - TBACPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 to 4.6 GHz)Graphics: 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans Next SPA - TBACPU: Intel Core i5 Graphics: Nvidia GT 760RAM: 8GBStorage: 1TB Scan NC 10 - $1,090CPU: Intel Core i3 4000MGraphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765MRAM: 8GBStorage: 500GB Webhallen - $1,499CPU: Intel Core i7Graphics: Nvidia GT 780RAM: 16GBStorage: 1TB SSHD Zotac - $599CPU: Intel Core (TBD) Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTXRAM: TBDStorage: TBD
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Prices and hardware specs detailed
Valve just revealed the full list of Steam Machine partners at their CES press conference today. All these PCs run the new SteamOS, and we have the prices for 12 of the 14 announced partner PCs along with some basic hardware ...

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Alienware's new Steam Box looks goooooood


But we don't know what's in it yet
Jan 06
// Dale North
They're not talking price or specs yet, but they are showing off the tiny form factor of the Alienware Steam Box. This thing is gorgeous in person with its glossy finish and lighting. It's hand sized, with rubber footing and ...
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Intel's 3D cameras

Intel pushing Kinect-like 3D cameras with new computers


Let the NSA build 3D models of you!
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
Intel is pushing a 3D camera as part of its focus on "perceptual computing," technology like voice recognition, facial recognition, and gesture control, CNET reports. Partnerships with manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, Fuj...
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The best joke at Sony's CES conference that no one got


BUT I DID. I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
During Sony's CES press conference, Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo went on about the newest resolution buzzword, 4K. 4K movies, 4K cameras, 4K Netflix streaming, 401Ks, 4 K9 units ripping apart a violent offen...
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Valve unveils 14 new Steam Box machines


The full list
Jan 06
// Dale North
We're at Valve's CES press conference tonight, where Gabe Newell just unveiled 13 Steam Boxes. They literally ripped the covers off of 13 under-lit pedestals where each of the new boxes are displayed for attending press. Make...
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CyberPowerPC's customizable Steam Machine starts at $499


Two models starting at $499, $699
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Today is Steam Machine reveal day, and our latest look is at CyberPowerPC's line. Revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show 2014, the PC maker is going to have two customizable models available in the second half of 2014. Both...
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Control your Dish DVR with new PS3 and PS4 apps


Virtual Joey
Jan 06
// Dale North
Dish Network announced today at CES that applications are coming to PS3 and PS4 that will give users control of their Hopper Whole-Whome HD DVR. Set to release this spring, their Virtual Joey will give users the same experien...
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Destructoid's CES coverage starts now


Stick with us this week
Jan 06
// Dale North
CES coverage on Destructoid kicks off now. We've already seen a Steam Box or two as well as some crazy 4k monitors, and the show hasn't even started yet. For gamers, the real show starts tonight with Valve's press conference,...

A closer look at Digital Storm's Bolt II Steam Box

Jan 06 // Dale North
This little box is dense, packed full of goodies to make for one hell of a machine for gaming. This particular one sports an i7 4700, 16GB of ram, and Nvidia's GTX 780. This should run...well, whatever. This would be a little bit above the $1,500 price point.  A 240mm liquid cooler will support just about any CPU you can put in there, even with aggressive overclocking. It's cool but not noisy -- thank the big fans for that.  That skinny bar at the bottom is the power supply, available in both 500 and 700 watt configurations. That should support whatever you'd like to put in this box right now. Though the Bolt II is small and elegantly designed, you can still get in it and change out what you'd like. All the places marked "Removable" are just that, including the hard drive cage (2 full sized or 4 SSD drives), cooling system, and GPU bracket.  This box is vented everywhere -- sides, top, back, GPU, and more. Their custom fan control module will let you change all the fan speeds, monitor temperature, and even control LED lighting.  Laying horizontally, this thing looks like a nice fit for the living room. It's small, but there are no compromises to worry about as far as performance is concerned. It will come in black or white, but custom colors and even a cool carbon fiber look will be available for full customization. Yes, you can build your own box, or look for a cheaper solution. But the idea with the Bolt II is a premium product. Digital Storm has 4k gaming in mind. Their thinking is along the lines of: if PC gaming is really "master race" territory, why go sub par with a cheap box?   
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Mmm. Innards
Digital Storm showed us their newly announced Steam Machine this morning in a pre-CES meeting. Their Bolt II is small, sleek, premium option for those wanting to get into what Valve is putting down. This particular offering supports both Steam OS and Windows 8 to give you the best of both worlds.  Me likey.

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Nvidia's G-SYNC kills screen tearing and stuttering


First monitors debut at CES this week
Jan 06
// Dale North
Monitor makers will be showing off their new models that support Nvidia's new G-SYNC technology here at CES this week. This tech synchronizes the monitor refresh rate with the GPU's rendering to make problems like tearing and...
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Steam Machine: 12 partners are making machines so far


Alienware listed among them
Jan 06
// Dale North
CES 2014 is the big coming out party for Valve's Steam Machines. I'm seeing one bright and early tomorrow morning here in Las Vegas, coming from Digital Storm. Later tomorrow evening I'll be attending Valve's press conference...
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Nvidia's Tegra K1 GPU has 192 cores, can match Xbox 360


'Next-gen graphics capabilities'
Jan 06
// Dale North
Nvidia kicks off CES with their new mobile processor, dubbed the Tegra K1. This super chip features first 192-core GPU based on the Kepler architecture, powered by DirectX 11, and supporting Unreal Engine 4 and OpenGL 4.4. T...
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Digital Storm's Valve-approved Steam Machine teased


$1,469, launches at CES next month
Dec 11
// Dale North
Digital Storm says that they have the first liquid-cooled Valve-approved Steam Machine ready to show at CES next month. The PC maker says that they're not trying to compete with console pricing at all, and are going after gra...

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