Multimedia PC component distributor Creative Pacific this week announced the launch of its second generation BlasterPC, a high-end product which it targets at gamers and the increasing interest in the convergence of personal digital entertainment.
Going for a new "stealth" look, Creative's BlasterPC Mark II is all black and comes in four configurations including Celeron 366 and two PIII options. As well as the latest graphic acceleration and multipoint speaker systems from the Creative range, all the Mark II models include Sound Blaster Live! audio which is now built into the motherboard.
They also include infrared remote control and can be built with all or some of the range of Creative brand components such as AM/FM tuner, video-CD, DVD, audio-CD and Virtual Mouse.
Starting at $3799, the fully optioned top-of-the-range Blaster PCs will come in at a tick under $5500.
"We are moving into that living room," said Kamil Gurgen, Creative Pacific's national marketing manager. "The convergence of computer and loungeroom entertainment is what the whole Creative organisation is working towards. We are striving for a new world of personal visual entertainment.
"We will be offering good percentages off to dealers who want to run a demo PC in their stores and we have some new information, brochures and other marketing paraphernalia to support it," Gurgen added.