Winners and Losers: CES brings big updates for gamers, as Razer omits one key display feature

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and the Las Vegas tradeshow didn’t disappoint when it came to big tech announcements to kick off the twelvemonth.

In this weeks edition of Winners and Losers, nosotros’ve narrowed information technology down to some of the most exciting news to come out of the briefing – along with some of the least.

Some highlights from CES this week included the official confirmation of the Samsung Milky way S21 Fe smartphone, giving Due south Series fans a cheaper alternative to the flagship S21. Samsung besides unveiled its lightweight Freestyle projector, a device capable of beaming a 1080p paradigm on a variety of walls and surfaces effectually your home, and a new Eco Remote, which can be charged using merely Wi-Fi radio waves.

Nosotros also saw plenty of new TVs launch, including some new QLED sets from Samsung, a range of Bravia XR TVs from Sony (including a QD-OLED model in 55 and 65-inch sizes), and the bright new G2 OLED from LG. That isn’t even to mention the 77-inch OLED coming from Panasonic or TCL’due south commencement 144Hz Mini LED.

Withal, this week’s Winners and Losers will focus on the all-time (and worst) gaming announcements we heard this week.

Winner: Gamers

This weeks winner is gamers, later on endless major brands unveiled their plans for the new year’s day at the briefing.

Nvidia announced an affordable new graphics card coming to its 30 Serial with the RTX 3050. Not but will the 3050 be the cheapest in the line, but Nvidia also confirmed that the GPU will support ray tracing and volition be capable of surpassing 60fps at 1080p while running AAA games.

The 3050 also sees improved DLSS performance compared to previous generations, along with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.

Nvidia as well announced the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti mobile GPUs for laptop gamers and gave fans a preview of the incoming RTX 3090 Ti.

AMD showcased the “world’s fastest gaming processor” (and the outset CPU using its 3D 5-Cache engineering) with the Ryzen vii 5800X3D, while Razer, Acer and Asus all showcased their latest gaming laptops, giving gamers due an upgrade enough to become excited about when it comes to choosing their side by side laptops.

Of course, we can’t leave out Sony, who gave VR fans a preview of its next virtual reality headset, the PSVR 2, as well as a look at its vibrant new PS5 covers, for anyone who thinks the next-gen console is a bit bland.

All in all, this calendar week was a great one for gamers, bringing with it plenty of new tech for us to go excited about.

Loser: Razer

Nosotros couldn’t let this week pass without calling out a loser and information technology makes sense to continue the gaming theme with some disappointing news from Razer.

This week, Razer announced the latest update to its Blade line of gaming laptops with the new Razer Bract xiv, Razer Bract 15 and Razer Blade 17.

The new laptops bring with them tonnes of exciting upgrades, including configurations with the new RTX 3080 Ti GPU and the RTX 3070 Ti. The Bract fourteen volition coming with new Ryzem 6000 mobile processors, while the Blade 15 and 17 will exist powered by the 12th gen Intel Core H-Series CPUs, all the way up to the Intel Core i9-12900H.

Even so, in that location was one fundamental feature missing from the announcement. Razer is getting rid of its OLED configurations.

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The display type could previously exist establish on Razer’s official website, just there’southward no mention of OLED on the listings for the new laptops.

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spoke to Razer at CES but to learn that the make has fabricated the determination to axe the OLED displays from its latest release to focus on increasing the refresh rate from 60Hz to 144Hz.

While this decision makes sense on a gaming laptop, its nevertheless sad to see OLED is no longer an option for those who want it.


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