PC gaming still hot

Gaming on three or more screens – yes please

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  November 4, 2009

A few months ago, in Windows Middle East and ITP.net, we covered Novelquest's gaming rig. In case you didn't read about this beast of a gaming rig, here is a link to their website.

The company is set to launch another machine though called the Emperor 1510 that contains a steel structure, tilting capabilities, an integrated audio system, LED lighting and, seemingly, at least three  screens.

For around US $ 4000, you can get yourself one of these. It is a glorified PC gaming and work-space rig, but it's not the only rig that features a number of screens for you to play your games on.

The Emperor 200 (the model that we reported on earlier this year) has a sound system comprising high end speakers and a subwoofer and comes standard with 3 synchronised 19" displays with a resolution of 3840 X 1024 pixels.

Also, if you visited GITEX Shopper this year, you might have stumbled upon the 3 screen gaming setup at the Microsoft stand. AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series Graphics allows the gamer to have a wider field of vision. You can then stack three to six displays to suit your gaming preference.

In addition to more screens, GPU development appears to have outstripped Moore's Law according to Nvidia, thus providing yet another interesting reason to get into the PC game sphere, especially considering the long lifecycles that gaming consoles have.

Then of course, there's Direct X 11, which involves improved visual quality upon graphics and also more efficient coding that allows graphics to be processed at a much faster rate. Direct X11 also provides a new polygon interpolation algorithm that allows for the increase of polygon counts with little effect on performance. At the moment it's available as a technical preview for testing, but GPUs such as the one mentioned above are fully compatible with it, as is the lately released Windows 7.

Despite the fact that the PC gaming market has experienced either static growth, or negative growth in the last few years, these developments mean that there's still motivation to buy a PC for gaming purposes.

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