This year’s CES definitely looked different from years past, with everything held virtually instead of in a huge convention space just off the Las Vegas Strip. But one thing that didn’t change was the volume of big announcements from major electronics manufacturers. For those who pay close attention to CES each year to see what’s coming down the pipe from your favorite game designers and hardware companies, here are a few announcements you should be aware of that can impact your gameplay in the coming year(s).
1: AMD is launching Ryzen 5000 mobile processors.
If you are blown away by the AMD Zen 3 architecture, you definitely need to know about their upcoming four-core to eight-core chips that will provide exceptional processing power for laptops. The HX series launch is designed specifically for better laptop gaming, with unlocked cores for overclocking and higher thermal ratings for better ongoing performance. The two that they will be launching first are the Ryzen 9 5980HX and the Ryzen 9 5900HX. AMD also revealed the timeline for when you can expect these to be available: February 2021.
2: Intel also entering the mobile processor market.
Along with AMD, rival Intel announced that it will be launching the Rocket Lake line of processors. It’s a combination of their 10th generation Ice Lake mobile processor technology and Xe graphics from their 11th generation Tiger Lake chips. The goal is to have better single-threaded core performance and compete with AMD’s Zen 3 processors. These should be available in March.
3: A sign of the times.
In a sign of the pandemic times we’re living in, gaming lifestyle brand Razer® announced that it is releasing “the world’s smartest mask,” Project Hazel. The N95-grade respirator includes several features that will make your homemade cloth masks look very…well, 2020. The mask features:
- A clear plastic shield in front to allow for lip reading
- Voice amplifier to reduce the muffled voices from masks of old
- LED lighting on the exterior that you can customize with 16.8 million color choices
- Low-light feature to light up the interior of the mask when it’s dark outside
- Detachable ventilators that filter out 95% of airborned particles
- Sterilizing case to clean the mask
- Waterproof, scratch-resistant design for everyday wear
- Made of recycled plastic to reduce waste
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4: More for gaming laptops.
Both Nvidia and Asus announced their latest laptop components and machines. The Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs are launching this year along with 70 new gaming laptops from Nvidia with the latest chips installed. Asus ROG Flow X13 gaming laptops are also coming with some pretty amazing features:
- Sleek design at just 13 inches
- Ability to flip from laptop to tablet
- AMD Ryzen 5980XS chip and Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU
- Ability to support its own external GPU
- Ability to hook up to an external monitor
Bonus announcement: smaller OLED screens are coming
Up until now, the OLED technology has only been available in very large television screens. These screens come with 8 million self-lit pixels and promise the “deepest blacks, richest colors and [most] realistic picture quality,” which sounds pretty amazing for gaming, but it wouldn’t be very realistic to put a 75-inch screen on your desk. LG announced they are scaling OLED down to just 42-inch screens, which is still pretty big for a monitor to attach to your Xidax custom gaming PC, but might be worth trying.