Every January in Las Vegas all manner of electrified flashy things are unveiled that have nothing to do with gambling. It’s the time of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and here are some of this year’s highlights in games and televisions.
In the world of gaming, something garnering a maximum of fuss was the unveiling of the PlayStation 5 logo – which is exactly what everybody expected it would be (and what we mocked up back in October – along with half the rest of the world).
Unfortunately, no previously unannounced specs for the PS5 were divulged, and we still hope (and suspect) that the final unit will look better than the development ones that are out and about.
Oh, and Sony also unveiled an electric car concept, the vision-S. Look out Tesla!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the hardware battle, there was no new information on the Xbox Series X, following the big announcement a few weeks back at The Game Awards. For more on that, click here.
Of course, the CES is more about general consumer electronics than games, after all we have E3 and other games shows around the world that specialise there. One thing always worth checking in on is the latest in TV tech, and there are exciting things happening.
One of the most talked-about new things is ‘Filmmaker Mode’, which is set to start appearing in 2020 model televisions from several brands, including LG and Samsung. At its simplest, this mode turns off all manner of picture “enhancements” that are usually changing the picture from that which is initially delivered to the television – functions such as motion smoothing.
Backed by directors including Martin Scorsese, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins and Rian Johnson, the idea is for the picture to be delivered looking as close as possible to the director’s intent, rather than being overly processed. Unfortunately, older televisions won’t receive this enhancement via firmware updates, so it’s something to look out for if you’re shopping for a new telly this year.
Big TVs were all the rage this year, as they have been at recent shows, with the size of screens seemingly increasing every 12 months – while the bezels surrounding them get ever smaller. This brings the real benefits of 8K to the fore, as any screen larger than around 65″ – which is a middle size nowadays – really uses those extra pixels to deliver better picture quality. It isn’t so much down to whether there’s native 8K content available or not, rather the quality of upscaling, which makes lesser resolutions come up a treat.
We can’t fail to mention a couple of specific TV offerings that really caught the eye.
First up, LG’s rollable 65″ OLED screen. Finished watching TV and don’t like that big black mirror hanging on the wall? Just roll it up into its box! Press a button on the remote and it will unroll itself again, ready for you to watch something new. Set for release later this year, if you’re keen we advise you to start saving, as the estimated price is upwards of A$80,000.
Meanwhile, Samsung really went large. Fancy a 292 inch screen? Yes, 292 inch. Well, if you actually have the space (and folding stuff) then it just could be a reality. The South Korean electronics company unveiled their latest iteration of the previously shown “The Wall”, which uses new “MicroLED” technology that promises OLED-type black levels with superb brightness. More realistically, home versions are planned up to a still mind-bogglingly huge 150 inches.