What to expect from CES 2019

What to expect from CES 2019

What to expect from CES 2019


In just a few days, some of our hardware team will be heading to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—a big conference showcasing all current technological innovations and inventions. From PC hardware, VR/AR, displays, wearables, home appliances, personal robots, and cell phones, CES is like a giant crystal ball into our technological future, and the technology seems to be getting more impressive every year profound.

If smartphones and gadgets are more your thing, our friends at Tech Radar got to know this during CES week, but naturally we’ll cover the PC hardware and gaming space. Here are some of the things we focus on.

Virtual and Augmented Reality— we were far from disappointed with any of them. It’s been a few years since these two technologies were created, and there’s been a greater focus on making them more immersive and widely available to gamers and professionals from all walks of life. We fully expect to see some similar cameraless VR/AR cross-platform controllers, such as the FinchShift controller that Finch Technologies has announced, and other creative ways to use VR/AR.

earphone– When it comes to gaming, having a top-notch headset is a breeze. Sound quality is the most important aspect after comfort, which is why we’ll see continued innovation in headphone design. Creative Technology has announced that it’s returning to CES this year with its SXFI AIR line of headphones, which basically emit sound to make what’s happening in-game or on-screen appear to be right next to you, rather than playing directly over your head. Creative Technology won’t be the only headphone brand out there, but we’re also looking forward to seeing other interesting variations from other beloved headphone brands, and maybe some we haven’t seen before.

gaming desktop— With the introduction of Intel’s 9th Gen processors and Nvidia’s RTX 20-series graphics cards last year, it’s only a matter of time before pre-built latest hardware starts to appear. We’ve had a chance to review some of these, but so far this is just a small foray into what other prefab manufacturers are brewing. We’re absolutely ready to see some crazy hardware combos, labyrinthine liquid cooling, and mesmerizing RGB at CES next week.

graphics card– There’s been a lot of buzz about Intel’s new discrete graphics cards and Nvidia’s RTX 2060. While it remains to be seen whether one of them will be officially shown or announced at CES, the hype surrounding these two coming into CES is palpable. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen benchmarks leaking for the RTX 2060, which we hope is the new mid-range, affordable Nvidia card we’ve been waiting for, and Intel has announced plans to release its discrete GPU in 2020. We hope we’ll get an answer to any of these cards at CES 2019. As for AMD, the Vega 7nm exists as a professional (machine learning, aka Radeon Instinct) product, but probably won’t be part of the consumer. It’s also possible that AMD will tease Navi later this year.

processor— Intel’s 9th gen CPUs are still new enough that we don’t expect to announce any 10th gen parts at CES, but we expect to see plenty of new non-K 9th gen parts. For AMD, the third-generation Ryzen processors are expected to hit the market this year, possibly sooner. AMD will likely officially announce the new processors at CES, or at least talk about them, but it could be a few months (or longer) before 7nm Ryzen parts start shipping.

laptop— If we’re going to see more desktops with Intel’s 9th Gen processors and RTX 20-series graphics, we’re likely to see some laptops with the same specs as well. As with some graphics card rumors, there are rumors of some RTX 2080 and RTX 2070-equipped laptops showing up in showrooms, but nothing has been confirmed by Nvidia or any other company. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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