Remember the hours you used to be able to lose when you were given free run over a video arcade? Few places were more immersive, gave a greater sense of separation from the outside world, and caused you to burn through more time as a result.
Pretty much since the dawn of gaming, players have striven to capture the same sense of immersion at home. A good console or a highly-specced gaming PC will only get you so far, however. Increasingly it's become all about the battle station – decking your playing space out with the biggest screens possible, the best chair, the best sound system, and of course the best PC you can afford.
The pursuit of gaming perfection is now a multi-billion-dollar industry, with all manner of brands investing millions developing the best computers, the best hardware, and the best accessories. But Acer's latest creation stands above all else. If money were no option, it's likely that this all-in-one battle station is what you'd be aiming for.
Priced at a cool $20,000 and dubbed the Predator Thronos Air, the all-in-one gaming chair is equipped with just about everything you need to jump into the highest level of gaming possible, but considering the price, there are admittedly a lot of BYOs. You don't get monitors, you don't get any form of PC at all, you don't even get a keyboard or a mouse.
In a way, this is understandable. High-end gaming set ups are all about customisation. But damn, it feels like a lot of money just for a space to house your rig.
What you do get, however, is a high-quality, mean-as-heck looking steel structure and just about the best gaming chair money can buy. It has an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray, a footrest, and a cable management system to ensure it looks completely flawless. The chair itself has a massage function, haptic feedback built in to deliver realistic vibrations, and can even tilt to 140°, making you feel like an astronaut.
If you want to kit it out even further, you can also add on other accessories such as hubs, cameras, and a cup holder, but they're extra. Hey, even a Rolls-Royce has an options list, we suppose.
If you do want an all-in-one solution, you can upgrade to the Predator Thronos, which was announced last year. This comes with three Acer curved monitors, an extreme performance PC, a mouse and a keyboard from Acer's Predator gaming line. It'll cost you almost an extra $25,000, though.