ST DIGITAL'S GUIDE TO SITEX 2015

Gaming gear

Acer Predator G6
Acer Predator G6PHOTOS: ACER, ASUS, LOGITECH, MICROSOFT

1 Acer Predator G6

From $3,399

Booths 6D05, 6C05, 6E01, 6C01 & 6G23

Described by Acer as an unstoppable war machine, the Predator G6 is a powerful gaming desktop PC with the latest hardware, including an Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory and a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.

Press the Turbo button and it automatically overclocks the processor and boosts performance. But this also generates more heat. To keep the computer cool, the chassis is specially designed with multiple air intakes, Acer says.

A set of SteelSeries gaming keyboard and mouse is bundled with the Predator.


2 Asus ROG GR6

$1,259 (usual price $1,399)

Booth 6B09A

This gaming PC has a compact footprint comparable to a console. At just 1.3kg, you can easily carry it to a LAN party.

But it is no slouch in the gaming department. Its midrange Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M chip can support 4K display resolutions. More importantly, it should run most games without a hitch at modest graphics settings. Its 1TB hard drive provides sufficient storage for games and apps. There is an option to add an extra 2.5-inch storage device, too.

If you buy the GR6 at Sitex, Asus will also throw in a mechanical keyboard and a gaming mouse for free.


3 Asus ROG Swift PG278Q

$1,199 (usual price $1,259)

Booth 6B09A

If you're hell bent on getting the best gaming experience on a PC, this could be it. Besides a capable computer, you should also consider a gaming monitor like the ROG Swift PG278Q.

This 27-inch display has a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel screen resolution. More importantly, it supports Nvidia G-Sync feature, which works with a compatible Nvidia graphics card to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering in games.

The monitor's high 144Hz refresh rate helps to reduce motion blur while its low 1ms response time is handy for fast-paced action games. Other gaming-centric features include an onscreen crosshair and glowing LED lights at the base of the stand.


4 Logitech G29 Driving Force + Playseat® racing simulation

$1,148 (usual price $1,347)

Booths 6F31 & 6F33

A racing game is probably the closest many of us will come to driving a Formula 1 race car. But a console controller does not quite replicate the driving experience.

Unless you get the Logitech G29 Driving Force, which consists of the steering wheel, pedal and a bunch of controls.

This racing accessory is well made, with hand-stitched leather over the steering wheel and metallic pedals that feel as sturdy as actual cars. Force feedback from the wheel and pedal simulates conditions such as driving on rough tarmac. The Logitech works on PC and the Sony PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles.


5 Microsoft Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle

$739

Booth 6E05

This is the Xbox One to get for fans of the popular Halo gaming franchise. The console and its bundled wireless controller have been customised with metallic blue accents and military insignias from the game. There are even custom Halo sound effects.

On the console's 1TB hard drive is a copy of the latest Halo 5: Guardians game. Extra content on the console includes an animated series based on Halo and a Spartan-themed game case. To get you online and playing with your friends, the bundle comes with a 14-day trial subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which grants access to the Halo multiplayer servers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'Gaming gear'. Print Edition | Subscribe