Gaming is a fast growing category for Acer globally and their new Predator family of products is designed for hard core gamers across multiple form factors with teaser products.
Their new 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Acer XR341CKA monitor is the world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNCT, providing what Acer has described as an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears.
The monitor comes with DTS? sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminium base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style.
Also launched is an Acer Predator gaming tablet and PC that Acer management claim is building on the success it’s had with the V15 Nitro gaming laptop,
The range now includes the 35-inch curved display with Nvidia G-Sync; 15- and 17-inch notebooks built for performance with massive cooling systems, user-upgradeable storage and memory and gaming-centric touches like programmable keys; and a Predator tablet with four speakers and haptic feedback so you can feel the gaming experience. The tablet is scheduled to arrive in Q3 2015 with the laptops following in Q4.
At a global launch event today at the World Trade Centre in New York Acer management said that the gaming market was set to grow at the expense of console gaming.
Historically, PC games have played a minor role at retail, representing between five and 10 per cent of sales on average compared to console however several retailers including EB Games and JB Hi Fi are now expanding their PC games offerings.
The issue for manufacturers has been that in the past open platform PC gaming has been much more susceptible to piracy, forcing large publishers to stay wary of PC gaming and often delaying the release of major titles on the platform. The transition to digital gaming has changed all this.
Analysts claim that that digital distribution is starting to become a reality, PC gaming is once again worthwhile for risk-averse publishers with Companies like Acer set to deliver new gaming hardware spanning monitors gaming notebooks and standalone PC gaming boxes.
Publishers in New York say that with an effective measure to combat piracy, publishers are able to make content available to a wider, more diverse audience and invest in innovation.
They say that if there’s one thing that defines subscription-based gamers, it is loyalty. In a hit-driven industry like interactive entertainment there is nothing more valuable than the ability to control cash flow and have predictable income. So it was no surprise late last year that Activision Blizzard’s stock price shot up when it announced a rebound to 10m monthly subscribers for World of Warcraft.