The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show officially kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, but that hasn’t stopped tech companies from making news already. At the technology event, Nvidia showed off a new concept gaming device called “Project Shield” Sunday, as The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama reports :
...the new gadget resembles a console game controller with a screen, but is designed to give PC gamers a way to play more easily from anywhere in their homes.
Project SHIELD is an Android device and can stream PC games from any computer with a Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics processing unit as well as titles from the gaming platform Steam. Project SHIELD is designed to work with Steam’s big picture mode, which lets users put their PC games on their televisions, and use the console-like controller for better gameplay.
It will also be able to download Android games, including those optimized for the company’s processor in the Nvidia’s “TegraZone” game store.
The 5-inch screen has a retina display that will be able to stream high-definition and ultra high-definition content, and makes use of Nvidia technology that will adapt the display to the type of game users are playing. CNET’s Roger Cheng reported that the device is set to launch in the second quarter of this year.
The driving thought behind the device, said Nvidia co-founder and chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang, is to give gamers a dedicated gadget that gives them easy access to a large library of digital-only games.
Besides gaming devices, convention goers will also see a plethora of screens that were made for more than just your average living room TV. The Post’s Cecilia Kang reports :
Televisions wider than sedans and thinner than a deck of cards will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show here this week. They will be packed with so many more pixels that individual blades of grass will stand out on a football field, as will every pockmark and wrinkle on celebrities.
Computer screens will be small enough to fit on your wrist and durable enough to be stitched into clothing. They will come in flexible plastics that can bend and twist so that an e-book can be cupped in the palm of your hand
America’s seemingly endless appetite for new gadgets has fueled a boom in device innovation, particularly the size and quality of TVs and mobile electronics’ screens...
“It’s a multi-screen world, and the trend is that they’re all connected,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Research, who said it has become more challenging for makers of television, PCs and electronics. “It’s less about the device than it is about the screen size, how it’s connected and where it will be used.”
While CES is normally expected to deliver cutting-edge innovative products, The Post’s Emi Kolawole reports that this year’s event is being greeted by yawns and grumbles:
...A brief tour of the Web’s tech blogs shows that not everyone agrees that CES will deliver when it comes to cutting-edge innovation.
“CES is a waste of anyone’s time who is going there,” writes ZDNet Tech Broiler’s Jason Perlow. Perlow, who writes that he will not be attending the event this year, predicts that less than half of the products presented at CES will make it to market. The marketplace, he argues, is controlled by a shrinking number of online and brick-and-mortar retailers; products have started to become increasingly similar, and Apple’s big product announcement comes after CES. Once it does, he continues, it will likely send companies that announced products in Vegas scrambling back to the drawing board.
“CES 2013 is an illusion, a ‘Hunger Games’ with few surviving winners,” he concludes.
ReadWrite’s Dan Lyons takes it a step further, calling CES “the most horrific waking nightmare in every techie’s life.” Lyons will be attending this year after years of refusing to attend the conference. He has discovered one redeeming factor to what he describes as the “the regular old 10th circle of hell” — finding the absolute worst product at the conference...
But not all tech writers are grumbling in the face of CES. The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky writes that the conference is “the most wonderful time of the year. If you like CES. Or consumers. Or electronics. Or shows.” Okay, perhaps it’s not the most robust cheer one could make, but it’s certainly a few steps up from Dante’s “Inferno.”