CES Day 1 recap: Televisions, cars and gaming

January 8, 2013

The first official day of International CES, the enormous annual tech show in Las Vegas, brought news of new televisions, car technology and even some fun news for gamers.

Panasonic was the main keynote speaker of the day, showing off some new television technology and a new 20-inch tablet with the capability to display ultra high-definition content. The tablet also has a stylus — what it lacks is any release or pricing information.

Audi also made a splash with its announcements. The company not only showed off more of its autonomous — driverless — car technology, it also announced that it will soon put 4G LTE connectivity in its newest models.

According to a release from the company, the new Audi A3 will have the capability — courtesy of a chip set from Qualcomm — in 2013.

There was also some interesting gaming news out of CES today. That’s slightly unusual for this show, as game makers tend to save their most interesting announcements for the summer Electronic Entertainment Expo. But today’s announcements were gadget-focused, and that’s the name of the game at CES.

Razer announced a gaming tablet called Edge — a screen with slim, attached game controls — that will allow hardcore gaming to be much more mobile. Pricing details are forthcoming.

On the more conceptual side, game makers Valve and Xi3 announced that they are developing a small console for high-definition television monitors. Valve is a much-loved gaming company that also runs the Steam cloud gaming platform for PCs. Fans have been clamoring for the company to release a console that would allow PC games to come to the television. Late last year, Steam officially rolled out a mode that allows gamers to do so when they connect their PCs to their televisions. A console, at least in theory, would take that integration to the next level.

Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and chief executive of Xi3, said the development, “could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.”

The day hasn’t quite wrapped up, either, and there’s at least one opportunity for more big news. Verizon’s keynote is still on tap for 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The carrier has previously used the keynote to announce new exclusive devices and major updates to its network.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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