Just because next-gen consoles launched in 2020 doesn’t mean the gaming innovations are over yet. We’ve been at the virtual CES 2021 to find the best in gaming for your next round.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all happening online this year. Nevertheless, the gadgets and announcements have been coming thick and fast.

New form factors

Consoles like the Switch showed us that gaming is no longer constrained to a controller, mouse or keyboard. It’s all about new and immersive platforms that can work anywhere.

That’s what Lenovo and NEC want to do with the LaVie Mini: create a PC gaming device that works exactly like everyone’s favourite Nintendo portable. Powered by an Intel 11th Gen Core processor and featuring a 1920 x 1200 8-inch display, this may be the portable gaming PC of the future.

And if you want to really shake up your gaming experience, maybe something like Razer’s Project Brooklyn is for you?

Project Brooklyn is an all-in-one gaming station that allows you to slide into a purpose-built gaming chair, complete with integrated tray table and curved monitor. Both the aforementioned accessories slide into place to suit you, and it’s truly immersive.

Next-gen visuals

It’s all about the refresh rate on high-end monitors. 120Hz is great for making everything buttery smooth, but what if you had 360Hz to make everything look like real life before your eyes?

That’s what Asus has with its new ROG Swift 360Hz: a 24.5-inch display that updates its image 360 times per second. That’s six times as often as a 60Hz monitor for smoother gameplay.

Asus also announced the 43-inch ROG Strix XG43UQ which has 4K, 144Hz and HDMI 2.1, so if you have recently purchased a next-gen gaming console like the Xbox Series X, this is the display you want to play it on.

The world’s best-looking gaming laptops from Razer are also getting powerful updates. Both a 15- and 17-inch model are getting great spec bumps for this year, with NVIDIA G-Sync compatible 1440p QHD displays and new graphics chips onboard.

Elsewhere in the gaming laptop world, Asus; Lenovo Legion, and MSI are all getting their big boosts of their own.

Faster experiences with 5G

5G will make good on the promise of a truly connected entertainment experience, delivering speeds and network capacity we’d only previously dreamed of. We predict that when 5G reaches its peak it could be 10x faster than the current 5G speeds enabling a download of a HD movie in around a second. 5G also improves latency (lag time) helping you play games faster and improve video calls and other entertainment technologies.

Telstra 5G is getting better every single day. As more and more sites come online, we’re bringing the promise of future gaming to Aussies in more places than ever before.

In a world where every millisecond counts, the ultra-low latency capabilities of 5G will greatly enhance the experience on mobile devices. And as gaming platforms and with cloud gaming machines host content at the mobile edge, the quality of mobile games is set to skyrocket.

We’re working to build experiences on the back of our incredible 5G this year, including a massive upgrade to the future of the Marvel Stadium experience, and a partnership with Fortress to build out great gaming moments.

Check out where our 5G is live right now, and where it’s set to be deployed next on our Mobile Coverage Maps, and learn more about Telstra 5G on our website.