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2:20 AM on 01.08.2014

Up close and personal with Razer's Project Christine

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!

Dale North



CES News, Alien: Isolation, Evolve & IGF Nominees! photo
CES News, Alien: Isolation, Evolve & IGF Nominees!
by Max Scoville



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 controller. The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both sold a few million units in a few short months, and that rumored Alien: Isolation game is a real, actual thing that sounds friggin' scary. We don't know much about it yet, but there's also Evolve. Finally, the IGF award nominees have been announced!

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PlayStation Now hands-on impressions photo
PlayStation Now hands-on impressions
by Dale North

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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5:45 PM on 01.07.2014

New version of Oculus Rift features positional tracking

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-...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Razer wants to reinvent the gaming PC as we know it photo
Razer wants to reinvent the gaming PC as we know it
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

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 build and customize your own PC. No prior technical knowledge is needed, and as upgrades come to the market users will be able to easily to swap parts out.

This is all thanks to the modular design that allows users to install modules on-the-fly. The PCI-Express architecture automatically syncs components and the setup features up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and more.

Interesting concept, but a pretty closed system as only Razer would presumably be making all the modules.

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Sony's streaming game service is PlayStation Now photo
Sony's streaming game service is PlayStation Now
by Jordan Devore

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.

Through this service, PS1, PS2, and PS3 games will be playable over the internet on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and also on devices like tablets, smartphones, and televisions. Even non-PlayStation devices will eventually support PS Now.

The service will allow users to rent on a per-game basis, or subscribe with a currently undisclosed plan. The beta program for PS Now is launching at the end of this month in the US. Pending the finer details and the actual experience, I'm eager to try this out.

PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service Coming this Summer [PlayStation Blog]

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12:30 PM on 01.07.2014

PlayStation Now really works!

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.

Dale North

12:15 PM on 01.07.2014

Sony sold 4.2 million PS4s as of December 28

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...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 01.07.2014

A gallery of the new Steam Machines

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...

Dale North

2:49 AM on 01.07.2014

HipShotDot puts a red dot right on your screen

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...

Dale North

9:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Maingear's Spark Steam Machine is tiny

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....

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Steam Controller first hands-on impressions photo
Steam Controller first hands-on impressions
by Dale North

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. 

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Steam Machine prices range from $499 to $6,000 photo
Steam Machine prices range from $499 to $6,000
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

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 specs.

The full list is below, with prices starting at $499 and going upwards to $6,000. $6,000! Some prices haven't been revealed yet, but this is a nice overview for now. Note that we'll be doing bigger breakout posts once we have more info available to share.

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7:35 PM on 01.06.2014

Alienware's new Steam Box looks goooooood

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 ...

Dale North

7:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Intel pushing Kinect-like 3D cameras with new computers

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...

Steven Hansen

7:23 PM on 01.06.2014

The best joke at Sony's CES conference that no one got

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...

Steven Hansen