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CES 2022 Day 1 highlights: Sony confirms PlayStation VR 2, Samsung’s $899 portable projector, and more

CES Day 1 was packed with everything from Samsung's $899 portable projector, Dell's futuristic XPS 13 Plus to surprises from Sony.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 6, 2022 9:54:03 am
CES 2022, CES 2022 news, CES news updates, CES Sony, PlayStation VR 2, Sony SUV car, CES Samsung 2022, CES Dell, CES Asus, CES Intel, CES AMDAt CES 2022, Sony announced a new electric SUV concept, the Vision-S 02 as well as a new division -- Sony Mobility Inc. (Image credit: Sony)

The first day of CES 2022 was a busy one. Sony used the world’s biggest tech show to reveal the name of the next-generation VR system. But the true surprise came when the Japanese tech giant announced it will start commercializing its electric vehicles as part of a new division called Sony Mobility Inc. Samsung, meanwhile, showed its new barrel-shaped Freestyle projector which looks quite cool. On the first day of CES 2022, we also saw some big announcements from Intel, AMD, Dell, Asus and other companies. Though Day 1 came to a close, the show isn’t over yet.

We recap CES highlights from the first day of the show.

PlayStation VR 2 name is official

The PlayStation VR 2 is the official name of the next-generation VR headset from Sony. During its CES 2022 keynote, Sony shared new details about the head-mounted display, including the name of the controllers, called Sense Controllers, which will offer features like haptic feedback. Separately, the PlayStation blog notes that the headset will feature an OLED display with a 2000 x 2040 per eye panel resolution, and support for 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rate, with a field of view of approximately 110 degrees. The headset will also include 4 cameras and a controller-tracking IR camera for per eye tracking. Additionally, Sony also confirmed Horizon Call of the Mountain, the first big title developed for the next-generation VR headset. No images, price, or release date were revealed. Expect holidays 2022 as the launch date for the PlayStation VR 2, which will work with the PlayStation 5.

CES 2022, CES 2022 news, CES news updates, CES Sony, PlayStation VR 2, Sony SUV car, CES Samsung 2022, CES Dell, CES Asus, CES Intel, CES AMD Samsung’s Freestyle portable projector turns any surface into a smart TV. (Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung Freestyle portable projector

At CES 2022, Samsung unveiled a device that no one thought was coming. The Freestyle is a projector that combines a smart TV, a smart speaker, and a lamp. The portable projector is capable of projecting the video from 30 inches to 100 inches. It has the same UI and apps like Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs, making it closer to a smart TV. Perhaps what makes the Freestyle different from other portable projectors is its design. The device can be angled to use in any direction and transform any free wall into a screen. The projector comes with a remote; plus, it can also be controlled using a voice command. The projector can be powered via USB-C from a wall plug or external battery pack. Later this year, Samsung plans to sell an optional light bulb socket adapter, transforming the projector into a mood light of sorts. The $899 projector will be available to preorder in the US this week.

Dell XPS 13 Plus is a bold take on a notebook design. (Image credit: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 Plus

The XPS 13, one of the highly-rated ultraportable laptops on the market, is getting a new member. At CES 2022, Dell debuted what it is calling the XPS 13 Plus, a futuristic notebook with an all-new design and power. From the outside, the XPS 13 Plus looks just like the XPS 13. Open it up, however, and you will spot the difference immediately. The top row of function and media keys has been replaced by a line of white LED-backlit touch buttons. The keyboard, too, has been redesigned. It’s now edge-to-edge on the notebook. The touchpad, meanwhile, isn’t there. Yes, the physical pad has been replaced with an unmarked glass pad with haptic feedback. Unfortunately, Dell has removed the headphone jack to keep the XPS 13 Plus ultra-slim. Although Dell hasn’t revealed full specs, we do know that it will have a 28-watt, 12th Gen Intel processor. The XPS 13 Plus is slated to launch in the spring of 2022.

Sony shows off electric SUV

At CES in Las Vegas,  Sony’s Chairman, President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida showed off a brand new prototype of its Vision S concept electric car. It’s an SUV running on batteries. With that, Sony is starting a new division – the Sony Mobility Inc – which will start commercializing its electric vehicles. The Japanese conglomerate said Sony Mobility will “aim to make the best use of AI and robotics technologies.” The new prototype SUV joins the Vision-S 02, an electric concept car that was unveiled last year. The EV will be 5G enabled, have a 3-D sound system and will let passengers play videogames through a digital video service. It’s not clear if the vehicles will be mass-produced, but Sony has been exploring a commercial launch of Sony’s EV. Apple, too, reportedly wants to get into the electric vehicle market as soon as 2024.

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Intel, AMD reveals new processors

Both Intel and AMD used CES 2022 to announce new processors. Intel’s 12th generation mobile processors are faster and more powerful. These new CPUs will have the same big.LITTLE design methodology as the desktop versions of 12th generation processors. There are three main variants in the family including the enthusiast-grade H-series processors, the P-series that’s aimed at thin performance laptops and the U-series for modern and light ones. Meanwhile, AMD unveiled new Ryzen 6000 series processors. These new processors are built on the 6nm Zen 3+ core architecture and include AMD RDNA 2 on-chip graphics. Among the new CPUs, U-Series processors are designed for thin and light notebooks and H-Series Mobile Processors for powerful gaming and creator laptops.

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Asus ROG, Alienware, Nvidia announce new products

We saw a new range of laptops and graphics cards from Asus’ ROG, Dell’s Alienware and Nvidia at CES 2022. Out of many new laptops that Asus announced at CES, the Flow Z13 stood out the most. It’s essentially a gaming tablet that crams a powerful CPU and discrete GPU into a 13-inch design. And yes, it also works with Asus’ eGPU dock. Alienware also announced a new range of gaming laptops and accessories at CES 2022, including the world’s first QD-OLED gaming monitor. Nvidia also made a big splash at CES by announcing new graphics cards targeting mobile and desktop gamers.

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