The Morning After: The Best of CES 2023 |  Engadget

The Morning After: The Best of CES 2023 | Engadget

After canceling our plans for CES in 2022 (and no show in 2021), the Engadget team sent a dozen employees to this year’s CES. The show wasn’t as crowded as it was in the pre-pandemic years, but many of the events were crowded, and companies had plenty of ads to delve into. So, what was the best thing about CES? You can check out all of the award winners here.

The Best of the Best winner was neither a car nor a wall-mounted TV. No, it’s a Leonardo project. This is Sony’s first piece of gaming hardware designed specifically for people with limited motor control – and it’s quite an eye-catcher.


This set of controllers works out of the box with PlayStation 5, offering two circular pads lined with interchangeable buttons, third-party accessory ports, and other customizable inputs. The consoles lie flat on a table or mounted on a standard tripod. They can also pair with DualSense to turn all three devices into a single gamepad, providing plenty of flexibility.

To make sure it delivers on its accessibility promises, Sony has partnered with advocacy organizations including AbleGamers, SpecialEffect, and Stack Up, just as Microsoft did with its revolutionary Xbox Adaptive controller. While there’s no release date or price for Project Leonardo yet, Sony is finally taking the opportunity to expand its PS5 player base.

– Matt Smith

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The launch could come at the expense of the company’s other products.

to me bloombergMark Gurman Apple plans to announce its first mixed reality headset this spring, ahead of its annual WWDC conference in June. In a sign that a launch is finally coming soon, Apple has reportedly shared the headset with a few high-profile developers, giving them a first look at its new xrOS software. However, the focus on its latest line of devices will allegedly impress its heavy hitters.

It’s possible that the next version of the company’s iOS will ship with “fewer major changes than originally planned” due to Apple’s software engineers reassigning to the xrOS team. “The same applies to macOS 14,” adds Gorman. The company appears to have no “notable” updates to its iPad, Apple Watch, and audio product lines.

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Silly but beautiful.



Roland’s 50th Anniversary Celebration includes a stunning anniversary concept piano, built in collaboration with Japanese furniture maker Karimoku. The exterior is a single-molded piece of Japanese Nara oak that conceals a 360-degree 14-speaker system. Roland has also built speakers into drones that hover over the piano, controlled by the performer. Unfortunately, these planes could not be flown on the CES show floor, because safetySo Roland attached a pair of them to wire. Boo.

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The Galaxy Unpacked event is scheduled for that day.

Samsung may have inadvertently confirmed that it will unveil its upcoming flagship phones early next month. The company’s Colombian website posted a page revealing that the next Galaxy Unpacked event is scheduled for February 1st, 2023. “Epic moments are approaching” before the page was taken offline. Samsung’s showcase of its flagship devices snuck earlier on the calendar over the years: For the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung held an event on February 9, 2022.

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The important features, in a lighter package.

HTC returns to the Meta Pro VR headset with the Vive XR Elite. The XR Elite matches a lot of the Quest Pro’s standout specs, including support for 2K resolution per eye, a 90Hz refresh rate, and full standalone operation. Weighing 625 grams (versus 722 for the Quest Pro) and with a more comfortable headband, however, the XR Elite does a better job of delivering a portable VR/AR experience. Despite its high points, the XR Elite also shares many of the same flaws as the Quest Pro. Starting at $1,099, it’s a little cheaper than the Meta’s $1,500 competitor, but it’s still quite pricey. We tested it on the show floor at CES 2023.

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Trend alert: urinalysis technique.

While none took Engadget’s Best of CES award, there has been a boom in toilet bowl technology. You could promote this as a natural progression of a fitness tracker, testing your urine for several easily identifiable diseases. But is this really the next frontier in consumer health tracking? These devices may never be as popular as Fitbit, but for medical facilities and assisted living complexes, they could be game-changers.

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