NEC introduces the Ready PowerPlayer LE, a multimedia PC that's built just for garners - and it's a real scorcher.
If this ain't a sign of the increasing importance of PC gaming to the computer industry, we don't know what is.
Activision's Mechwarrior 2 is one of many games included with the
PowerPlayer-and you haven't pIayed it untiI you've pIayed on a Pentium 133!
NEC, one of the biggest manufacturers of PCs and peripherals in the world, is now shipping an blazing-fast full-featured computer aimed specifically at garners.
The new machine, called the Ready PowerPlayer LE, went on sale in a limited test of 5,000 units in early November. If those sell well - and NEC is confident they will - the new machine will hit the shelves nation-wide in 1996, with a Street price of just over $3,000.
"The Ready PowerPlayer LE is an ideal combination of power and performance that lets users balance work and fun," said Murali Oharan, NEC's vice president of marketing for consumer PCs. "Who says you can't have your cake and eat it, too?"
The PowerPlayer LE system is a mix of some of the hottest hardware a hard-core PC gamer could want. At press time, the system included all these features:
- A 133MHz Pentium processor
- A 256K Level 2 cache
- A 16GB hard drive
- 16MB RAM
- A 6-speed CD-ROM drive
- A 64-bit PCI local-bus graphics card with 2MB Video DRAM
- A 28.8Kbps modem with Digital Simuftaneous Voice and Data and a full-duplex speakerphone
- A 16-bit sound card with 3D surround sound and wavetable synthesis
- A Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro digital joystick
- A pair of Yamaha 10-watt speakers
- A 25-watt subwoofer
- A hand-held remote for controlling multimedia
- A mouse
- A microphone
NEC is planning to include a software bundle with the PowerPlayer LE system that will contain the following:
- Microsoft Windows 95
- Microsoft Works 95
- Intuit (Quicken)
- MidiSoft MediaWorks
- Netscape Navigator
- America Online, CompuServe, Microsoft Network, and Prodigy communications software
- Mechwarrior 2
- Shanghai: Greatest Moments
- Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
- Buried in Time
- NASCAR Racing
- Command & Conquer
- Silent Steel
- Magic Carpet Plus
- Microsoft Arcade
Sounds like a pretty solid gaming solution. Will any of the other name-brand computer manufacturers jump on the gaming bandwagon? It's too soon to tell, but don't be shocked if even the biggest PC makers start taking more interest in our little hobby.Read more