NEC Personal Computers “re-enter” the gaming PC market. The company announced on July 5, 2022 that it will release the gaming desktop PC “LAVIE GX” on July 14. After a development period of about 3 years under “Project Flame God” (in-house project name), it will be fully launched. The price is open and the estimated market price is around 219,780 yen (tax included).
The target is people who are about to start PC games
Some people may be surprised that NEC personal computers deal with gaming PCs, but it is natural that the company that worked on “PC-9801”, which sparked PC games, deals with gaming PCs. The company is enthusiastic about “re-entry” into gaming PCs. Moreover, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the “PC-9801”, and various purchase benefits will be prepared.
However, there is a 24-year blank even if it is said to re-enter, and it will be a latecomer as a gaming PC maker. Therefore, LAVIE GX sets the target to entry PC gamers who want to start PC games from now on. “Heavy gamers have a lot of gaming PC options, but beginners don’t know which one to choose. It’s hard to know what kind of game to play. It’s expensive, so I don’t want to make mistakes. It is LAVIE GX that solves the problem of “LAVIE GX” (Mr. Hiroshi Moribe, general producer of NEC Personal Computer Project Flame God).
LAVIE GX is an all-in-one gaming desktop PC that even beginners can play immediately like a home-use game console so that they can start PC games with peace of mind. Specifically, it comes with Microsoft’s “Xbox wireless controller”, a headset for voice chat (made by Elecom), and a wired keyboard and mouse. When it comes to PC games, I think many people play with a keyboard and mouse, but LAVIE GX seems to keep in mind that they will be played with a controller in the same way as home video game consoles. In addition, as a purchase privilege, Microsoft’s flat-rate game service “Xbox Game Pass Ultimate” comes with a 3-month free usage right, and you can play various games.
For support, we have prepared “LAVIE Gaming Support” that you can contact by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Technicians who are familiar with gaming will respond and support various settings that game beginners may have difficulty with, such as environment settings. However, not all games are targeted, and he does not give advice on game strategies. It seems that the support is unique to NEC personal computers.
Video card is GeForce RTX 3060 / Radeon RX 6400
The main body is a mini tower type, with a chic design with a modern Japanese taste. The Japanese-style design of the front five collapses is eye-catching. The calm atmosphere that the lighting is all white. It is said that it aimed for a design that does not feel strange even if it is placed in the living room.
There are two models for stores, the “GX750 / EAB” and the “GX550 / EAB”. The main specifications of each model are as follows.
GX750 / EAB
CPU: Core i7-12700F
Memory: 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR4
video card: GeForce RTX 3060 (GDDR6 12GB)
Storage: 1TB SSD
Video output: DisplayPort x 3, HDMI x 1
Market estimated price (tax included): 302,280 Around the yen
GX550 / EAB
CPU: Core i5-12400F
Memory: 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR4
video card: Radeon RX 6400 (GDDR6 4GB)
Storage: 512GB SSD
Video output: DisplayPort x 1, HDMI x 1
Market estimated price (tax included): 219,780 Around the yen
In the customized model of direct sales, you can select 32GB memory, 1TB SSD + 2TB HDD storage, Office, etc.
A special collaboration will be held to commemorate the release of LAVIE GX. The first 500 people who purchase LAVIE GX during the period will receive Capcom’s action RPG “Monster Hunter Rise Deluxe Edition” (main game + “Monster Hunter Rise Deluxe Kit”) as a gift. In addition, 3000 points (equivalent to 3000 yen) that can be used in “Project EGG”, which has a wide variety of retro games such as those for “PC-9801”, will be presented.