CES 2020 just passed and we were fortunate enough to be brought along for the ride by MSi. MSi announced a host of new hardware, including the world’s first 300Hz gaming notebook, but their planned software for 2020 was just as impressive.
Dragon Center 2020
Dragon Center is the central management software for MSi components and notebooks, but the software has always been criticised for being sub-par, often referred to as “bloatware”. However, MSi has listened to its community and revamped Dragon Center to be less intrusive, as well as offer some great new features.
Dragon Center 2020 will bring Game Highlights and the MSi Companion app. Game Highlights will bring automation to your game highlight captures, so if you forget to capture a highlight in-game, MSi has you covered. It will be interesting to see what the software will recognise as a game highlight, and whether or not you will be able to tweak it to suit your specific highlight reel.
This will be on top of the already feature-full MSi Dragon Center, including profile optimisation, lighting controls, and system management. Also, the Companion App will allow you to view your hardware status in-game on an external device – such as a smartphone – and will even let you change your profile optimisations as you play.
Duet Display is a truly phenomenal software that MSi will bring in 2020, and can be misleading on the surface, but if you dig deeper, the value is monumental. The premise of Duet Display is to power dual-display link technology, allowing you to share your screen remotely across a wireless connection. In gaming, it can be a life-changer for streaming, making it more immersive and interactive. However, the real power comes from the enhancements to content creation.
Using Duet Display, you can wireless sync your iPad or MSi tablet to increase your workflow performance. For example, you can use your second device to act as a sketch pad, with real-time rendering on your main display/notebook. A rudimentary example, sure, but the possibilities with more integration and support from design applications could revolutionize how content creators work.
More excitingly though, this software applies to sound devices as well. You can remotely stream your audio output to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Have you ever wanted to watch your movie with a partner or friend, but you don’t have a speaker and you need to share headphones? Duet Display with Nahimic audio solves that issue, and again, a simple example, but the possibilities could extend to streamers interacting on a personal basis with their audience.
Creator Center 2020
MSI has placed a hefty focus on further supporting content creators, aside from just their Prestige range of notebooks. With Creator Center, the software will automatically detect which programmes you use the most for your creative work, and optimise your device depending on the application open. Best of all, Creator Center will auto-detect if you close one programme to open another, and will shift your device’s performance to optimise your content creation.
In-game Voice Commands
MSi and Ubisoft have been supporting brands for some time now, and thanks to the partnership between them, you can now command your character in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint using your voice. Commands are fairly simple such as reloading, retreating, and commanding your AI squad to move positions, but the ability to command elements in-game with a simple command of “Hey Lucky”, creates an impressively immersive experience.
We were joined by Grant Hinds at CES 2020, and as he mentioned, the voice commands could lend itself to streaming capabilities where fans could remotely access and “hack” your game, so to speak. Also, the voice command makes commands in-game more accessible to players.
Most excitingly, though, was the simulated reality software concept on display at the MSi booth at CES 2020. Presented on a GT Titan notebook, you could control and move the designs on screen with your hands, just like a fictional hologram. While still very early in development, the concept is one of the first times we have seen a mainstream hologram solution that actually mimcs the sci-fi depictions we have seen in movies.
Inspiration for the how to design works and how we interact with it, comes from the MCU, specifically Iron Man, and how Tony Stark interacts with his holographic designs. The concept on display had pre-fixed images loaded, including the MSi Dragon and a car, but you could move it around, zoom in, zoom out, and rotate the images, all with intuitive controls. MSi has also created an AR/VR experience that does not need any glasses or goggles to see the holographic effect, using an autostereoscopic display
MSi has always been a world-leader in hardware but their increased focus on software, especially regarding communitive software and Human-Computer Interface, has certainly paid off. We are incredibly excited to see all of these in action during 2020, so stay tuned for full detailed breakdowns when we are able to experience them fully.