CES '14 Innovations That Change the Game for Mobile Players

Last year, mobile game content on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform outsold gaming titles for handheld consoles, such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo DS. Coupled with the fact that 968 million smartphones were sold globally to end users in 2013, this signals a major shift in the gaming market towards the mobile platform.

It’s no surprise then, that this year’s CES convention showcased a number of incredible inventions for mobile devices. Here are just some that are set to improve, innovate and evolve the way we play. 


SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Controller

The Stratus Wireless Controller is the first gamepad of its kind to deliver a console style experience to iOS 7 devices. Compatible with over 500 apps, it allows users to engage with titles in a quick and precise way, whether they’re winning some money online casino blackjack or tearing up Liberty City on Grand Theft Auto III. 

The controller connects via Bluetooth and features a comfortable and familiar architecture, with four action buttons, four shoulder buttons, a directional pad and dual analog sticks all in one portable design. Boasting up to 10 hours battery life and supporting up to four players, the Stratus controller is the only option for serious gamers on the go. 


Alcatel Onetouch Solar Panel Display

Battery life has always been an important consideration for mobile gamers. Apps can quickly drain the juice of a smartphone, especially when online titles require a 3G connection. Luckily, Alcatel have come up with a solution in the form of the Onetouch Solar Panel Display.

The device features a discreet solar panel over the screen, which has no impact on the visual display at all. This then means the smartphone can be recharged simply by placing it in the path of sunlight. While the CES 2014 only saw a demo of the product, the Alcatel Onetouch Solar Panel Display is expected to become commercially available by 2015.  


Nvidia Tegra K1 Mobile Processor

Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor steps up the power to deliver an unrivalled gaming experience to mobile devices. With a breath-taking visual display and a high level of power, Nvidia’s latest release proves just how serious they are about gaming. 

Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, the chip has a 192 graphic core, which makes running state of the art console and PC titles on smartphones possible. It is capable of delivering a faster performance than the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles already, and can support an incredible level of graphical quality.


Sony PlayStation Now

After enjoying impressive sales of their next-gen PlayStation 4 console, Sony have turned their attention to delivering their gaming experience to a wider range of users. The release of PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud streaming offering, means that players don’t even require a console to play the latest PS3 game titles.

Available on the PlayStation 4, 3 and Vita, as well as smartphones, tablets and most 2014 released Bravia TVs, the online gaming service gives players the chance to browse, buy or rent a range of PlayStation 3 games. PlayStation Now will require a subscription, with rumours stating that the titles could cost anywhere between $5-6 to rent. 

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