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Gaming Roundup: Cyberpunk 2077, Project Shield, Halo 5 and Xi3

We take a look at some of the gaming news revealed this week with CES 2013's multiple prototypes, the new Cyberpunk 2077 teaser, and Frank O' Connor's address to Halo fans everywhere.

This past week has been huge in gaming news with multiple prototypes being revealed at CES 2013, the release of Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 teaser trailer, and Frank O' Connor's heartfelt promises on doing better with Halo 5.

First, let's start with CES 2013's reveals that include Nvidia's Project SHIELD, Valve and Xi3's "Steam Box" consoles, and Razer's Edge tablet.

Each of these devices have been demoed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and have taken the world of gaming by storm by ushering in a new generation of post-PC and portable console gaming, bringing a new wave of mobile gaming platforms to the retail market.

Each platform offers distinct advantages, such as Nvidia's powerful two-in-one Project SHIELD that packs Android and PC gaming in one convenient package, or Razer's Edge that provides rich PC-quality gaming in a tablet, affording for console-like usage with a docking station and USB controllers.

Razer has boasted that their Edge tablet is the "world's most powerful tablet" for good reason, as the Edge is capable of playing full retail games at high resolution with 30 fps and above. Also the Edge features impressive internal specs with an Nvidia GT640 LE GPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and either an Intel i5 or i7 processor for optimum gaming.

The Edge also does everything that you'd expect a tablet to do, running Windows 8 OS and offering multiple media entertainment options. Razer has shown that the Edge isn't just for gaming; rather it is optimized for gaming and is more than capable of doing other things as well.

Razer's gaming tablet comes in two flavors the Edge and the Edge Pro, and starts at $999 for the basic Edge model. For more information please visit Razer's official website.

Nvidia's Project SHIELD mobile gaming platform is just as impressive, supporting both Android and PC gaming via Steam. Internally, Project SHIELD features the Tegra 4 which is comprised of ARM's quad-core Cortex-A15 and Nvidia's custom 72-core GeForce graphics chip.

On the outside, the SHIELD looks much like a MOGA, another Android-based gaming device that lacks SHIELD's PC gaming support.

In terms of functionality, Project SHIELD utilizes built-in Wi-Fi to stream games via PC, allowing users to play Windows games from the Steam library as well as Android titles on Google Play.

Valve and Xi3's Piston Steam Box aims to bring Steam's Big Picture mode into your living room, bypassing the inconvenience of hooking up a PC to your HDTV. Essentially, these "consoles" aren't necessarily as impressive as the other gaming devices and are made more for convenience and modularity than their "wow" factor.

Over on the Halo front, 343i's Frank O' Connor opens up to Halo fans to address certain aspects of Halo 4 and that 343i is learning how to fill Bungie's "oversized shoes":

It won awards, from Best Graphics at the VGAs to Game of the Year at the Inside Gaming Awards. We altered the engine. We expanded the universe. We innovated in storytelling, technology, and even marketing. It wasn’t flawless by any stretch of the imagination, but by most objective criteria, it was a resounding success.

So we know we have a lot to do. And we know we have a lot to learn. But we also know that we now have the capacity, the teamwork, the technology and the experience to do much better next time.

By no means should Frank O' Connor feel unaccomplished with Halo 4, and he outright says that he's proud of the game and what 343 Industries has accomplished. The game has garnered mostly positive reviews and has won many accolades and awards.

Despite all of this, Frank feels he can do more with the franchise. And with the supposed introduction of next-gen consoles to run Halo 5, O' Connor and 343i may have to learn old tricks all over again in order to develop onto the Xbox 720 (or whatever else it might be called).

O' Connor has always been passionate about the Halo universe, and it's nice to see him address and talk about the obstacles and the plans to build a better future for Halo, especially since the fans have such high expectations of the future releases.

Aside from the CES news, the game developer CD Projekt Red (The Witcher franchise) has revealed the first teaser trailer for their upcoming next-gen sci-fi title Cyberpunk 2077.

The trailer is short but sweet and is completely made up of impressive CGI cinematic, and has garnered over a million views in a single day, showing the feverish anticipation for Red's futuristic open-world RPG.

With Cyberpunk 2077, Projekt Red is planning to bring a mix of classic RPG and sci-fi elements to the next generation of gaming. The game is currently scheduled for a release in 2015 for next-gen consoles and PC.

Derek Strickland
http://www.vrzone.com
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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