So you know when people ask you what you would do if you won the lottery? Well, we know what our first purchase would be. The awesome Acer Predator Thronos.
Check this crazy PC rig in action below;
This monster gaming rig is both intimidating and powerful. Acer Africa invited us to their offices to check it out and we wished it would fit in our bag to take home with us, but well, it was a bit too big. According to Acer, this monster device takes about six hours to set up and requires a full team of technicians. The Predator Thronos arrives in a couple of large boxes and needs to be carefully assembled.
The rig is all about sophistication when it comes to its design and you can see this throughout the device. Wires are mostly hidden away and all the nasty stuff PC gamers deal with like plugs and cables are packed and tidied under metal flaps to deliver a fierce-looking, RGB-throbbing, alien-looking capsule.
The device is part looks part power part comfort. It packs two NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPUs, an 8th-gen Core-i7 CPU, 64GB of RAM, a load of storage and a load of fans. The PC that sits next to it powers everything else which is the main attraction here. A load of wires and cables come from the PC rig and plug into the back of the Predator Thronos.
All these wires power the heart of the experience and it is an experience to remember. First off we have the three 1080p 144Hz Acer displays that combined together results in a resolution of 7680×1440. These monitors are also curved which results in that “cockpit” viewing experience when seated. The entire capsule is mechanical from the screen arm that raises and lowers to the seat that has vibrators inside of it that is powered by a subwoofer connected to the PC. This means any sound coming from your games will cause the seat to vibrate in different ways.
Everything is controlled by a set of buttons on the left-hand side of the device. These buttons lower the screens, adjust the chair and even change the entire rig into a “zero gravity” experience that rotates the chair and screen to 45-degrees giving you the feeling that you are floating. The footrests also automatically come out and lift your legs. It is just pure comfort.
You just sit there, press a button and let the motorized rig do the work for you. Acer even had the smaller details in mind too such as a headset holder and extra USB ports so you can plug your phone in, headset, controller and other devices. The Predator Thronos is not short of features at all and of course, there is RGB everywhere. The RGB glows from the top, the sides and underneath it and you change it to different colours, make it fade and flash if you enjoy some brain damage.
In terms of gaming, the experience was awesome. We got in, pressed the button and it closed us into the capsule with these giant screens in front of us. Playing Project CARS 2 was great as the screens make full use of the giant aspect ratio with the centre screen being your steering wheel and the other two being the sides of your car.
It takes a few minutes to adjust but after a while, you forget about everyone on the outside and you feel like that space is your private gaming area with the chair kicking back at you when you smash into a wall and the comfort of the chair complimenting its design. We could basically live there if it was possible.
So what would you pay for something like this? Well, Acer says it would set you back around R250k excluding installation, which if you ask us should be included in it given its price tag. The rig will soon be available at the Matrix Warehouse gaming space called Maverick Gaming in Johannesburg. Acer plans on getting it there, somehow and we wish them all the luck.
Would you spend R250k on a gaming rig like this? Let us know in the comments below.