NVIDIA unveils a new Shield TV with 4K HDR

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NVIDIA unveils a new Shield TV with 4K HDR

NVIDIA's Shield TV was one of the few successful Android TV devices -- it was both a capable 4K entertainment device and a simple way to bring PC gaming into your living room. So it only made sense that NVIDIA had a sequel in the works. Today during his CES 2017 keynote, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a new version of the Shield TV, which will support 4K HDR for both games and movies.

HTC's Vive Deluxe Audio Strap makes its VR headset more comfortable

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HTC's Vive Deluxe Audio Strap makes its VR headset more comfortable

Compared to Playstation VR and the Oculus Rift, HTC's Vive virtual reality headset is a bit of a face-hugger. It offers a window into beautiful virtual realms and boasts room-scale motion tracking but, well, it's just not very comfortable. Soon, that may change. HTC just announced that it's creating a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap to replace the headset's elastic headgear. Not only does the new strap look a lot more ergonomic, but it tacks on one of the Oculus Rift's most convenient features: built in headphones.

Next for HTC Vive: Wireless VR and tracking for everything

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Next for HTC Vive: Wireless VR and tracking for everything

After living through the VR frenzy of 2016, it's almost hard to believe that HTC's Vive Pre debuted at CES just a year ago. Since then, the company released the consumer edition of the headset and reorganized all of its Vive business under a subsidiary. Now that it's laid the groundwork for its VR ecosystem, HTC is looking to make it flourish by focusing on developers and fine-tuning its user experience.

Live from Sony's CES 2017 press event!

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Live from Sony's CES 2017 press event!

Sony's press event is the final big show of CES 2017's press day. Shake off that gadget fatigue, because the company is likely to unveil plenty of TVs, devices and accessories that will hit stores before the end of the year. (Something that can't be said of all the gadgets announced at CES.) Join us at 8PM Eastern Time, right here! We'll be reporting direct from the front lines of consumer electronics' media salt mines.

Microsoft released the wrong version of 'Forza Horizon 3' for PC

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Microsoft released the wrong version of 'Forza Horizon 3' for PC

Forza Horizon 3 players on Windows PCs just got a lot more than they bargained for. When Microsoft and Playground Studios posted the January car pack update, they briefly released the wrong version (likely a developer build) of the racing game. This not only prompted a massive 53GB download -- basically, re-downloading the entire game -- but created havoc with your saves. If you started a new profile in this version, it wouldn't be playable in any other release.

HDMI's new spec improves 8K, HDR and gaming

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HDMI's new spec improves 8K, HDR and gaming

You're about to feel better if you've been holding back on buying a new TV. The HDMI Forum has unveiled a new specification for its namesake video connector, HDMI 2.1, and there's enough here to make enthusiasts happy. It now supports both very high resolutions and high frame rates. In particular, you can get 4K at a speedy 120Hz, and 8K at 60Hz (when 8K sets are ready). You'll even see 8K with high dynamic range, although you'll need new 48Gbps cables to experience this and other high-bandwidth features in all their uncompressed glory. Thankfully, there are some upgrades that shouldn't take years to reach your living room.

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' arrives on March 21st

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'Mass Effect: Andromeda' arrives on March 21st

Electronic Arts and BioWare have finally ended months of itchiness by announcing the release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda. At CES this morning, the duo revealed that the title will arrive in the US on Tuesday, March 21st 2017. Europeans will need to be a little more patient, unfortunately, since the game debuts on that side of the pond on Thursday 23rd. The title will arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows just four months after its original ship date of "Holiday 2016."

Digital Storm's compact gaming PC is fast and upgrade-friendly

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Digital Storm's compact gaming PC is fast and upgrade-friendly

It's tricky to find a small form factor PC that hits all the right notes. You can get easily expandable systems, but are they good-looking and as fast as a regular desktop? Digital Storm, at least, thinks it has everything nailed down. Its latest Bolt model, the Bolt X, promises to mate brisk performance with a slick design and easy expansion. To no one's surprise, the case is the big deal here. In addition to sporting a considerably cleaner look, it has both a vented base and top-mounted fans to improve the cooling. You can run overclocked processors and the "fastest" graphics cards in the Bolt X without cooking the insides, then. Digital Storm also vows painless upgrades through a "simplified" layout that lets you slot in fresh parts, including multiple storage drives.