From the release of the unique Nvidia Shield Tablet and the launch of an upgraded 5.0 operating system to the new systems coming up this year for Android gamers to use, Android is developing an excellent reputation for gaming.
One thing there is plenty of at CES every year are headsets, whether the full headband style (with or without mics) or the ear bud kind, there is always a ton of headsets to check out. Most of these are geared towards listening to music and watching video on your smartphone or tablet. However there is also the occasional mobile gaming-centric headset to be found and one of those happens to be Mad Catz's other announcement.
In the past couple of years Mad Catz has really pushed well into the mobile gaming market with their peripherals and even an Android-based game console called the MOJO. Since the company first dove into the mobile gaming scene, each year we get to see new peripherals to get released and CES 2015 is definitely no exception to this with two new peripherals announced for mobile gamers. There is the L.Y.N.X.9 mobile game controller and the Swarm mobile gaming headset which we will go into in a second article.
While the OBox from Snail Games was high up on our list of things to get some hands-on time with as soon as possible, the company's two new Android phones were also something we wanted to check out. Snail Games unveiled two gaming-centric Android phones at CES 2015 and while both come with physical controls, the W 3D also features glasses-free 3D.
Today Razer announced their solution to bringing PC and Android games to the big screen with their Forge TV set top box. The company is describing this as a game and entertainment console since it isn't just made for straight gameplay but also to use services like Netflix, YouTube, and other more entertainment based applications. Along with the unveiling of Forge TV, Razer also unveiled their new Bluetooth controller called Serval and the Turret Lapboard and mouse combo.
One of the more interesting announcements so far, at least in the realm of Android-based gaming, has to be Snail Games' set of gaming-centric Android phones and their Android-based game console. Snail Games had plenty of both phones, The W and The W 3D, available for some hands-on time as well as the OBox console. We will get into the phones in another article though.
Razer announced the Forge TV today at CES 2015. The Forge TV is an Android-based gaming and entertainment console which is set to release soon, Q1 of 2015. On top of that, Razer announced a selection of peripherals to compliment their new set top box.
Mad Catz has officially announced their newest headset for gamers of all platforms called the F.R.E.Q.9. This new wireless headset features surround sound, noise cancelling, and a built-in mic which is something you mobile game streamers might be interested in.
Today Samsung held their annual CES press event and the company went over a few things related to Samsung Gear VR and other Android related goodies. One of the items touched on in regards to the Gear VR was the recently released Milk VR video service which brings 360 degree videos to the Gear VR. The didn't go too deep into it since it is already available, but did announce that 30 titles are already available for Milk VR.
One press event people enjoy watching a lot is the Samsung CES ones and this year is no exception we are guessing. It should be interesting to see what Samsung announces because word on the street is that we won't be seeing a Samsung Galaxy 6 announcement or anything like that.
Qualcomm went into detail regarding their newly announced Snapdragon 810 chip which comes paired with the Adreno 430 GPU during their press event today at CES 2015. The company was quick to throw a demo out there showing Unreal Engine 4 running on the Snapdragon 810 chip and how nice it looked.