Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. Older gamers are certainly familiar with the key combination that the world is known by the name Konami Code. Some modern games like BioShock Infinite still use Konami Code to activate hidden features, and it would be very funny if Konami Code is used for other things that have nothing to do with video games, such as to enter the computer BIOS menu.
The possibility of that happening is obviously very small. What is more likely, or rather what has already happened, is if Konami jumps into the PC gaming business. Not the video game business, but the hardware business. Introducing the Arespear C300, C700 and C700 +, the first three gaming PCs made by Konami.
His name is certainly the result of the play on the words “Ares” (Greek god of war, as can be seen from the symbol) and “Spear”. But “Are” is actually also an abbreviation of “Advanced Revolution of Esports”. These three devices were made by Konami Amusement, a division that specifically handles the development of various arcade machines as well as Konami’s involvement in the realm of esport.
All three adopted a fairly minimalist design, with holes that form a honeycomb motif on the front and back. The C300 sits in the mainstream class, while the C700 and C700 + are positioned for the high-end segment.
Technically, the C300 comes with an Intel Core i5-9400F, 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM, a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and an M.2 NVMe 512GB SSD. The price is set at 184,800 yen.
C700 and C700 + on the other hand carry the Core i7-9700 processor plus watercooling, 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM, GPU GeForce RTX 2070 Super, M.2 NVMe 512GB SSD, and 1 TB HDD. The difference between the two is only cosmetic; C700 + has acrylic coated side panels and is decorated with RGB lighting, while C700 does not. Price? 316,800 yen for the C700, and 338,800 yen for the C700 +.
As a complement, Konami did not forget to embed the Asus Xonar AE sound card on all three Arespear models. It is unknown whether Konami has the intention to market it outside of Japan. If so, of course they need to make price adjustments. In addition to gaming PCs, Konami Amusement actually also manufactures peripherals such as gaming keyboards and headsets based on information on the Arespear website.