Gaming has a growing presence at CES 2014

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Reporting from day two, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. It seems that gaming is a bigger topic than usual for this year's CES right as the tech show kicked off, Sony revealed a new way to stream old PlayStation Games much like how you would stream a movie on NetFlix. It's called PlayStation Now. We got a chance to demo how it works here at the show but it won't be available for all consumers until this summer. At launch, you'll be able to stream PS3 Games from your PS3 or the new PS4. And if you have one of Sony's new 2014 Bravia TVs will then you could stream a game right from the TV. In the future, more platforms will be supported so you could stream a game to your Sony tablet or Xperia phone. There's no word yet if Sony will add old PlayStation 1 and 2 games to the streaming library. As for cost, you either rent one game or sign up for subscription plan. And if you're worried about your internet connection being a little laggy, the system will analyze your speed and give you a heads up if you may encounter problems. And this is also the year of the Steam machine. It's a gaming system by Valve and it lets you play PC games on your living room TV. There are 13 prototype consoles made by third-party game hardware manufacturers like Alienware and Origin with different sizes and specs. And since some PC games are programmed for being controlled a little differently with a mouse, these Steam machines have controllers designed with two trackpads. But the prices of these systems were not announced yet. The Steam machine can play 250 games. There are new ways to play Android games on your TV such as the Snake Bite Viper. It's 7-inch Android tablet with a docking station, remote control and Bluetooth game controller. It'll be out at the end of the month in the US starting at $200. There's also a new prototype of the 3D virtual reality gaming system by Oculus, it's called the Crystal Cove. Now from a year ago, it has improved resolution with a 1080p OLED screen inside and it knows where you're moving in the game with little LEDs in the camera. And there's less blur to help you avoid motion sickness. Now virtual reality still maybe a bit futuristic but there some classic tech that got a reboot. Polaroid announced that its making a retro-looking Socialmatic Android camera to come out in the fall. It has a 14-megapixel front camera and a 2-megapixel back camera, built-in Wi-Fi for uploading your pics to social media, and like the classic Polaroid, it has an inkless printing system to pop out 2x3-inch print with sticker backings. Be sure to follow our live coverage of CES all week long at cnet.com/live. From the CNET's stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center, I'm Bridget Carey.

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