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Some of our favorite PC gear from CES 2017

With the advent of virtual reality headsets, and 4K and HDR displays, high-end PC gaming kicked into high gear in 2016. If the first days of CES 2017 are any indication, that trend will continue firing on all cylinders throughout this year and beyond.

Thanks to powerful new hardware that put the Death Star’s capabilities to shame, the mouse-and-keyboard crowd can expect to be immersed in their favorite digital worlds as never before. Industry heavyweights MSI and LG are leading the charge, unveiling VR-ready laptops, lightning-fast desktops, retina-searing monitors and ear-pleasing headsets.

MSI’s new-gen tier of gaming notebooks continues to blur the line between desktop PC and laptop gaming with built-in virtual-reality support. Powered by Intel’s seventh-generation CPU and the latest NVIDIA PASCAL graphics cards, these beasts promise to deliver silky smooth, blazing fast VR experiences right out of the box. Toss in ESS SABRE HiFi audio tech, which are capable of supporting high-end headsets, and MSI’s latest line might just provide the best excuse yet to trade our real lives for a virtual existence.

Speaking of best-in-class sound, MSI also unveiled its Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset. Dedicated to delivering incredibly detailed Hi-Fi sound reproduction during your most ear-rattling gaming sessions, the Immerse features certified Hi-Res drivers and Virtual 7.1 Surround sound. Players can also personalize their audio hardware with cool color effects via MSI Mystic Light Sync.

MSI looks to rule the desktop space as well, with a new line of gaming boxes that build on the slick design and blistering performance of the company’s popular Aegis, Nightblade and Trident PCs. The latter, appropriately dubbed the Trident 3, is especially notable, as the VR-ready PC — also running Intel’s seventh-generation CPU — packs incredible performance into a design that’s as pretty as it is compact.

Gamers who already have monster rigs and audio set-ups, but want to enhance their play time with 4K-fueled, HDR-enabled visual experiences will want to check out the LG 32UD99 monitor. At 32 inches and HDR-compatible, the UHD 4K display features a sweeping color gamut, enhanced brightness and eye-popping accuracy. On top of its professional-grade picture —perfect for consuming your favorite HDR games and movies — the monitor supports our favorite interactive pastime with dedicated features such as AMD FreeSync Technology, Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync and Game mode.

While you won’t be able to score MSI’s and LG’s latest gear until later this year, both manufacturers already offer a wide range of products just begging to take your gaming sessions to the next level. From high performance gaming laptops, such as MSI’s GT72 Dominator G-831, to a massive selection of displays — LG’s 34-inch UltraWide Curved LED monitor, for example — there’s no shortage of available hardware ready to make the most of your time behind the mouse and keyboard.

Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into the high-end PC gaming pool, tweak your existing rig or just prepare for the next generation of virtual interactivity, MSI’s and LG’s upcoming — and existing — line of hardware and peripherals promise to take your playtime seriously.