This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has gone virtual, but it’s still the same broad marketplace as always. You’re more likely to find a fridge full of feelings than a myriad of gaming news buried in the headlines. But that doesn’t mean that there are no products at CES that should excite gamers. On the first day of CES, the biggest announcements were about very large TVs from TCL and Intel processors.
I will move on to review these big stories after some small news.
LG is working with Google to bring Stadia cloud gaming service to LG’s 2021 TVs. This means you don’t need an external Chromecast, although you still need a gamepad. One of the promises of cloud gaming is that you don’t need hardware beyond what you already have, but TV apps for Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass, and Amazon Luna are still rare so far. Perhaps Google and LG will start changing this.
And then, before I move on to Intel desktop processors, it’s worth highlighting the new mobile chips. Intel Alder Lake processors will be used in the next generation of laptops, the design of which echoes that of Apple. Like the ARM-based M1 found in various Macs, Alder Lake uses a combination of highly efficient and powerful cores. This allows the processor to intelligently switch to “low power consumption” whenever possible. This isn’t too important for gaming, but it means we can get more laptops that can work as gaming machines as well as sleek and lightweight productivity tools.
Oh, Sony said the PlayStation 5 is selling well and Arcade1Up has a new line of home computers.
TCL makes really big TVs
TCL has evolved into a brand used by anyone looking for a budget gaming TV. And in 2021, he plans to expand his market position. To do this, he also increases the size of his televisions.
TCL plans to offer 85-inch displays in multiple quality levels. Crucially, its new top-end 6-series will also include 120Hz support, variable refresh rate (VRR) and 8K resolution. This likely means that it will also support HDMI 2.1, but TCL does not explicitly state that. Whether you have an Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 5, or a new AMD or Nvidia GPU, the massive 85-inch TCL has the potential to make full use of this hardware. Now let’s see if he can do it all at an affordable price – TCL hasn’t announced these details yet.
Intel Rocket Lake-S processors may leave Core in the game
In addition to a number of other processor families, Intel is also offering new desktop processors. Rocket Lake-S chips still use Intel’s legacy 14nm process technology, but Intel has decided to “port” the 10nm architecture it uses on Alder Lake to 14nm. This means that Intel was only able to accommodate eight cores in the same space as the last generation 10 cores. But while this is a step back, Intel also claims a 19% increase in instructions per clock.
To put it simply, Rocket Lake-S chips could ultimately beat AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series in terms of gaming performance. This would help Intel in the fight as it continues to fight for a full transition to its 10nm process technology.
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