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H1Z1 Early Access

If you've never heard of H1Z1, it's basically a survival MMO sandbox video game in development by Sony Online Entertainment. This free-to-play game is currently being developed in Early Access Alpha release for Microsoft Windows on Steam, and later due for full release on PlayStation 4. It's set a short while after a zombie apocalypse in rural United States, in which players will have to survive against the natural elements, hordes of undead, and thousands of potentially hostile survivors through interaction, scavenging for resources, building shelters, and crafting. Continue reading to watch "The Beginning" gameplay, more screenshots and additional information.

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Playbox PS4 Xbox One Laptop

Project credit: Eddie Zarick

We've featured Eddie Zarick's work before, but now he's outdone himself with the Playbox, the world's first PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hybrid laptop. Best of all, it includes a large 22-inch display so even multiplayer games should be enjoyable. Zarick only encountered one issue, detailed here: "The only issue I had with this unit was the PS4 capacitive Power button will not work consistently. I have determined it has something to do with interference with the XBOX ONE being so close. Luckily it turns on perfectly fine using the PS4 controller, and still will turn on with the button if you have patience." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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DOOM Toaster

With one third of the game, nine levels, distributed as shareware, Doom was played by an estimated 10 million people within two years of its release, popularizing the mode of gameplay and spawning a gaming subculture. In addition to popularizing the FPS genre, it pioneered immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files in a data archive known as "WADs". Now one geek has managed to hack a few toasters to use as controllers for the game. Continue reading for the video.

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FC Mobile II Portable NES

Hyperkin's FC Mobile II takes NES Gaming to new portable heights. This gaming machine merges the worlds of portable and home gaming effortlessly with turbo-charged auto-fire buttons, wireless hand controllers and even a wireless gun controller. It sports a TV output connector so that you can make or break your NES experience right on your TV screen. Product page. Continue reading to see more cool portable game consoles you probably never knew about.

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Jetpack Joyride Arcade Machine

With the mobile game market just beginning, it's only a matter of time before all popular games are ported to the arcade machine platform. Currently, there are just a handful, and we've rounded up a few of the best for your viewing enjoyment, starting with Jetpack Joyride. In the mobile version, players uses a simple, one-touch system to control the jetpack; when the player presses anywhere on the touchscreen, the jetpack fires and Barry rises. When the player lets go, the jetpack turns off, and Barry falls. Because he is continually in motion, the player does not control his speed, simply his movement along the vertical axis. Continue reading to see more.

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Wikipad Gamevice iPad

Compatible with the iPad Air, the iPad Air 2, and iPad mini, the Wikipad Gamevice connects via the Lightning connector and be available in four different models - each of those comes with two battery size options: an 800 mAH ($99.99) or 1,600 mAH. Slip your device into this accessory, and you'll gain PlayStation / Xbox-like controls - A / B / Y / X face buttons, two bumpers, two triggers, a D-pad and two analog stick. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures and information.

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Photo credit: Business Insider

3DHEAD hopes to give Facebook's Oculus a run for its money, but the reactions it's been getting at CES 2015 haven't been very positive to say the least. With a Space Balls Dark Helmet-inspired design, this device is basically a plastic 3D display held 10 inches from your face. The main component of this system is a 7-inch tablet with a glasses-free 3D screen that can be clipped into a gray gamepad. Expect to shell out $999 for the headset itself or double that for a combo package with the controller. Continue reading for a video live from CES 2015 and more information.

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View Master Interactive

There are the many systems that SEGA, Nintendo, and Atari released throughout the 80s and 90s, but the View-Master Interactive Vision might be one console you've never seen. It was an interactive movie VHS console game system, introduced in 1988 by View-Master Ideal Group, Inc., that came with a simple controller which included a joystick and five colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, and ask the player to make a choice by pressing one of the buttons. Zadoc Paet of Reddit rounded up many more interesting video game controllers you might not have seen before. Continue reading for more.

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Obox W3D

Photo credit: The Verge (top) / Gizmodo (bottom)

At first glance, Snail's Obox W3D appears to be yet another PSP knockoff, but this is an actual smartphone. It's running Android 4.4, and boasts a front-facing, eye-tracking camera that works in conjunction with the built-in 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen display to produce 3D images that pop right out at you. Not just for games, inside, you'll find a powerful 8-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It's set to launch later this year, but no word yet on pricing. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Time and Again, which shows 15-countries in 4-minutes.

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Tegra X1

We have seen the future of mobile gaming, and it's the NVIDIA Tegra X1. Unveiled tonight at CES 2015, this GPU combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a Maxwell architecture-based graphics chipset. While the K1 used NVIDIA's older Kepler GPU technology, the X1 is twice as powerful and also the first teraflop mobile processor. Continue reading for more video demonstrations and information.

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