Skip to main content

Apparently Konami makes desktop gaming PCs now?

Apparently Konami makes desktop gaming PCs now?


Its Arespear machines are shipping in September

Share this story

Konami, the Japanese company that’s best known in the West for developing the Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania franchises, has apparently gotten into the gaming PC business. Japanese outlet PC Watch reports that its lineup of Arespear gaming PCs is open for preorder now starting at 184,800 yen (around $1,760), and they are reportedly due to ship in September. 

I can’t say I’m a fan of the design of these PCs. Their bulbous cases look like someone set off a small bomb inside of a Mac Pro, and they’re also powered by 9th Gen Intel processors. Otherwise, their specs seem decent enough for a range of pre-build machines.

The entry-level 184,800 yen (around $1,760) C300 gets you an Intel i5-9400F CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Step up to the 316,800 yen (around $3,017) C700, and you get a water-cooled Intel i7-9700 with an Nvidia RTX 2070 Super and 16GB of RAM, and an extra 1TB of hard drive space. Finally, there’s the 338,800 yen (around $3,227) C700 Plus, which has the same specs as the C700 but has a transparent side panel and RGB lighting.

Stepping up to the C700 Plus gets you a transparent side-panel that shows off the PC’s RGB lighting.
Stepping up to the C700 Plus gets you a transparent side-panel that shows off the PC’s RGB lighting.
Image: Konami

It should come as no surprise that Konami is continuing to do things other than developing big new entries in its marquee franchises given its recent history. Five years ago, the CEO of Konami Digital Entertainment said that the company was shifting its attention away from AAA console games in favor of mobile, and a year later, the company was criticized for remastering select cutscenes from one of the greatest games ever made, Metal Gear Solid 3, only to use them to promote a pachinko machine. Yes, I’m still bitter.

Since the company appears determined to produce anything that isn’t a new Metal Gear Solid or Silent Hill game, making gaming PCs makes about as much sense as anything — especially since, as PCGamer reports, PC gaming has grown increasingly popular in Japan in recent years. 

There’s no word on whether Konami plans to bring its gaming PCs to markets outside of Japan.

Today’s Storystream

Feed refreshed Sep 24 Striking out

External Link
Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.

Andrew WebsterSep 24
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.

The Verge
Andrew WebsterSep 24
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.

Andrew WebsterSep 24
Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.

A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
Image: Netflix
Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.

Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.

External Link
If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.

External Link
Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.