Digital Storm introduced an entry level PC gaming line but do you think will people will buy it?
At $799 the Level 1 is claiming to be for "Gamers on a tight budget" and offers some good specs at the price. The one major benefit of investing in a PC like this over something like the Alienware X51 is you're getting a full sized case. What this means is that it gives would be owners the ability to more easily upgrade their gaming PC with more ease to keep up with the demands of new games. However there is always the option of building your own PC as people will point out you can build the same PC for less or build something more powerful for the same amount of money.
At this price point though do you think this will be a more enticing option for people looking to get into PC gaming but don't know where to begin with building their own custom PC?
Do I think people will buy it? Some will, yet most will not. It is tough for gamers on a budget to justify going for a PC over a console in today's market. If they do have their heart set on PC gaming, there are many options and vendors to get a pc (including building one, which is not hard to learn if people want the most in terms of savings)
I hate to be the pessimist, but I honestly can't see this becoming a popular system.
For example, I could get a cheap Inspiron 620 for $550. It's then $50 to add the same graphics card you get in the cheapest X51, bringing the costs to $600 and $700 respectively. But with the 620 you'll get another 2GB of RAM, and a Core i5 instead of an i3. So you have a better computer for nearly $100 less, and in this case you also have the full-size case with room for expansion.
Sure, the Inspiron line is never going to be top-quality, but I don't think Alienware really is either. Besides, I'd rather start out with a far less expensive computer and really put the parts I want into there. I could use that initial $150 difference and spend that on a pretty darn good card.
The added benefit is that you create a customer, and as we all know- gamers are a very loyal group and love influencing others. Of course, there is no "loss leading" in PC hardware but I don't think its a complete impossibility.
With notebooks quickly replacing desktops at almost all levels, there is a real opportunity to converge on gaming machines and the fact that no builds their own notebook.