The Predator Experience Room at The Nexus is really worth a visit
Yesterday I headed off to The Nexus in Randburg to see the new Predator Experience Room. Upstairs is a room full of the large curved gaming monitors, notebooks and PCs all letting off their almost inaudible hum as they power through games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Watch Dogs 2. It feels like home, the lights down low making for a comfortable arena for people to test out hardware and check out new games.
Most gaming experience areas are brightly lit, almost clinical in their atmosphere. Instead the muted lights invite me in, the screens showing their great colours and contrast as I control Lara Croft on a 144Hz display. She nimbly moves from platform to platform, no screen tear anywhere in sight thanks to the Predator monitors making use of G-Sync technology. I almost forget that I am at the event to talk to product managers and the like and I just soak in a few minutes of gaming on a finely tuned machine.
Then I get to talking about the Acer Predator 21 X. It is a massive machine and it looks unique. The notebook has a 21″ curved display running at 2,560 x 1,080 at 120Hz. It is powered by twin GTX 1080 GPUs and has Tobii eye tracking built into the notebook. My first question is “who is this machine for?” It is a behemoth, not really suited to moving around in a backpack and its price tag matches several vehicles ($9,000). What it really is, is the concept car of the Predator range. It has all the bells and whistles to show off what the current spread of tech can do in a impressive display of extravagance.
There are several machines, monitors and notebooks on display with pricepoints more in my price bracket that make use of the tech. From displays with G-Sync and Tobii eye tracking to a desktop machine that can power a game at well over 60 fps, there is a lot to see in the experience area that they have set up.
Normally I dislike writing about events because there is nothing in it for the public but from today the experience room is open to everyone, from 9am until late. If you can go take a look at the room and make sure to look next door at the gaming projector they have setup there. Yes and I mean gaming projector. We are talking about an entire wall being turned into a 1080p screen with some pretty impressive sound. I still can’t believe a projector has speakers good enough for a racing game to feel real.
Also if anyone can help me… borrow that gaming projector, my contact information is listed on the site. Just saying.