While I had been hoping to attend CES 2022 in person earlier this month, the winter surge of the Omicron variant forced me to watch the annual consumer electronics showcase remotely, for the second year in a row. Though it was far from the pre-pandemic CES experience, there were still plenty of major gaming announcements for me to cover. This really was not all that surprising given that, by some estimates, the global gaming industry now accounts for more than $300 billion. Today I’ll share some of the more noteworthy gaming announcements I saw at this year’s conference.
Alienware x14 and m17 R5 laptops
First, Alienware’s new x14 laptop. The x14 joins the x15 and x17 in the company’s thinnest line of gaming notebooks, the X line. This notebook seeks to revive Alienware’s 14” notebook segment, which was last populated over ten years ago by 2011’s M14x. In its adherence to the new Alienware Legend 2.0 design, this new generation’s updated form factor looks lighter and better aligned with the aesthetics of the rest of the X line. Though the M14x received one update, with Intel’s i7-3000 series, Intel is now launching its 12th Generation processors. In other words, it was high time for Alienware to bring 14” gaming back. The new x14 features up to Intel’s i7-12900H and NVIDIA RTX 3060, along with DDR5 and support for NVIDIA G-Sync (the first laptop of this size to support it, to my knowledge). Alienware will also be shipping the new x14 with Intel Arc graphics as an option later this quarter. The x14 will start at $1,799.
Alienware also made waves with the announcement that the new m17 R5 AMD laptop will feature both an AMD CPU and GPU—AMD’s latest Ryzen 6000 series processors paired with the latest Radeon RX graphics. This is one of AMD’s first AMD Advantage laptops, a series that capitalizes on an all-AMD high-performance design to enable features…