Konami, the Japanese developer of games like the Metal Gear and Silent Hill franchises, has decided to enter the crowded gaming PC hardware market. That is why the company introduced three low-to-mid-range PCs with the new “Arespear” brand, along with two keyboards and gaming headsets. The PCs feature black and silver perforated grills on the front, not unlike Apple Mac Pro “cheese graters”. They appear to have relatively compact mid-tower or mini-tower designs.
The cheapest model is the 184 thousand yen ($ 750) Arespear C300, with an i5-9400F processor, with air cooling, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. High-end is the 338,800 yen ($ 3,200) C700, with a water-cooled i7-9700 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, and a 1TB hard drive and graphics card Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super.
Also, it should be noted that for approximately $ 210 more, the C700 can be upgraded to the C700 + with a transparent cover and RGB lighting. It should be noted that the three models have dimensions of 230 x 575.3 x 501.5 mm. All three computers have support for DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b and DVI-D, as well as various USB (2.0, 3.1 and 3.2), 3.5mm jack. The number of ports of each type varies between PC models.
Arespear’s other products include the small-sized K100F full and K100L keyboards, which use non-contact capacitive keys with adjustable actuation points. The Arespeak H100 headphones, meanwhile, promise “powerful, high-quality sound.” Although the hardware may seem difficult for a game developer, Konami already has a business dedicated to arcade machines. Still, PCs seem like a risk unless Konami fans really clamor for a brand-name PC.
The new products ship in December in Japan, although they are unlikely to reach the United States. According to the Japanese portal PC Watch, Konami is already starting to receive pre-orders from the three teams and so far they will only be distributed in Japan starting in September. Arespear PCs are built by Konami Amusements, the division of the company that manages Konami’s pachinko, esports and arcade products. While Western players only know Konami through their console games, the company does a lot of business in Japan with recreational facilities and slot machines.
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