Technological World for January 11, games: PlayStation's accessible controller initiative, Razer's new Blades and a handheld PC, Acer's massive monitors

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CES isn’t all about games, but there was plenty of gaming on display in Vegas.

Project Leonardo is Sony’s customizable controller designed for accessibility

Sony had a presence at CES last week, and Playstation was part of the splashy affair. In addition to providing an update on Playstation VR2, Playstation president and CEO Jim Ryan revealed the company’s fully customizable controller, Project Leonardo.

The goal with Leonardo is allow for people with different physical abilities to play games by giving them the chance to configure the switches, buttons, and sticks in a way that works for them.

No pricing or release date was announced. Project Leonardo is another way that Playstation is prioritizing accessibility and finding ways to enable more people to play video games.

Razer updates Blade laptops and announces Edge, a new handheld game system

Premium game hardware brand Razer showed off two new Blade laptops at CES.

The Razer Blade 16 is a 16-inch laptop with phenomenal graphics processing power thanks to the Nvidia Geforce RTX 4090 card and an Intel i9 HX processor. You can also got a version with a dual-mode display, delivering either 4K at 120 Hz or 2K at 240 Hz.

Razer also revealed a larger version, the Razer Blade 18 which the company recommends as a desktop replacement. With an 18-inch screen and up to 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of storage, the Blade 18 is a beast.

The Edge, meanwhile, is a phablet with touchscreen functionality that can be plugged into Razer’s Kishi V2 Pro controller, which adds the standard button and joystick controls used by many video games and with haptic feedback. You can play Android games on the Edge as well as Xbox games through the cloud or from your home Xbox console with an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Acer has two Predator monitors that will take your breath away

Almost more important than the computer you use is the monitors you hook up to it, and at CES this year, Acer revealed two new Predator monitors that make me swoon. No longer do PC gamers need to get a television set because these monitors are better.

The Predator X45 is a 45-inch OLED curved monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate and the Predator X27U is equally capable, but in a smaller form factor. Both monitors will hit shelves in the spring.

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