The coolest gaming gadgets we saw at CES 2018

CES is no E3, but there was plenty of hardware and virtual reality to be discovered on the show floor. These are some of the best things we saw.


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Razer's Project Linda

Got a Razer phone? Ever dreamed of having a laptop that was powered by your phone? Then the entirely conceptual Project Linda is the product of your dreams. If it ever gets to market, of course.

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Ultra Game Boy

Yes, we know you're waiting for an official Game Boy Classic. But until Nintendo decides to take your money, Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy is your best hope. That's just their name for it while it's in development, but the revamped Game Boy is made of sturdy aluminum, and charges via USB so you don't have to carry batteries around. 

It comes with a slider so you can switch back and forth between RGB and the standard black-and-white tone you remember. But the real crazy thing is that it's more for Chiptune musicians than video game fanatics, with stereo outputs suited for anyone performing 8-bit style music.

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Nvidia BFGD

It's a TV! It's a monitor! It's... Nvidia's BFGD, a 65-inch, 4K screen with an Nvidia Shield built-in. And yes, Nvidia promises it can replicate the low latency you're used to with your current computer monitor.

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Intel Hades Canyon NUC

You've never seen a gaming rig this powerful in a box this small. Intel's Hades Canyon NUC is just 1.2 liters in volume, and yet it can play VR games or drive up to 6 monitors simultaneously. We were pretty impressed by just how smooth the VR felt.

It's thanks to a special new Intel processor with AMD Radeon graphics inside -- graphics as powerful as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, according to Intel. 

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HTC Vive Pro

We could talk about the improved resolution, the wireless adapter or any of the other quality-of-life improvements that come with the HTC Vive Pro. But come on, it comes with integrated headphones. That's enough cause for celebration.

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Razer Mamba Hyperflux

Wireless charging pads are on the rise, so it only makes sense that your device that spends the most time on a pad would adopt the technology. The Razer Mamba Hyperflux gets its power from the Firefly HyperFlux mousepad, so you can say goodbye to having your marathon sessions interrupted.

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Mad Catz Rat Air

But the Razer Mamba Hyperflux wasn't the only wireless charging mouse at CES 2018. Mad Catz is back from the dead, and it brought the Rat Air with it. 

Like Razer's mouse, it has supercapacitors inside it that instantly draw power from its wireless charging pad. Only this one features Mad Catz's angular design, adjustable palmrest and second scroll wheel.

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Go Retro portable

New to CES, the Go Retro Portable is a prototype packed with 300 NES and retro games, but there's no release date yet.

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Zotac Mek 1

This could be the first PC that ever required you to poke it in the eye to turn it on. With a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics and a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, it's powerful enough for your gaming needs, but c'mon. That eyeball!

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Hyperkin Retro 77

The Retro 77 was revealed at E3 last year, but we got another look at it at CES. It's a step up from other Atari throwback consoles in that it's compatible with old cartridges. And yes, it has an HDMI port.

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The original Xbox controller returns

You either love or hate the original Xbox's giant controller. Dubbed "The Duke," it's being brought back from the grave by the Xbox's co-creator Seamus Blackley. The new version of the Duke is compatible with both the Xbox One and PCs. Read more about its revival here (this is a different link than the one above).

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SupaBoy S

Every '90s kid dreamed of having a portable SNES. It just took a bit for it to happen. The SupaBoy S is compatible with all of the SNES cartridges you kept stashed away.

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Holy Diver

You may have heard of Holy Diver, an NES game that never made it to the US but did get released in Japan. It's kind of like if Iron Maiden had a Castlevania game. And now you can play it for yourself, thanks to Retro Bit!

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Super Retrocade

This cabinet is running off of a Super Retrocade, a console that comes packed with 90 games. And this isn't a cluster of forgotten titles. There are games from Capcom and Data East, including Megaman 2 and, most importantly, Bad Dudes.

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HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight for PC, PS4 and PS3 is maybe the most comfortable wireless gaming headset we've ever tried. It also sounds pretty great and the company says it's got the best battery life out there. It comes with a 3.5mm jack to plug into your phone or Xbox controller. 

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