I think I'm going to go up against "public opinion" on this one, because I just find the whole concept to be fascinating. For those who are not in the know, "Project Christine" is an experiemental program by Razer to make a modular computer available to people who pay a hefty subscription.
Naturally it's caused a fuss in the PC gaming community (although, how much of one I'm not entirely sure). We've got anti-Razer fans and die-hard Razer fans fighting in the streets like when Vancouver lost to the Boston Bruins for the 2011 Stanley Cup.
Or something like that.
I'm, of course, exaggerating, but the first point I'm trying to get to is this: It's no secret that Razer products are, above-all, overpriced for what their overall functionality is. Personal opinion will always overcome public opinion, though, so just remember that your experience with a Razer product will be different from someone with the same product. I, myself, have had several Razer products over the years -- currently, I'm typing out this blog on the Razer Anansi, I use the most recent Naga 2014 model on top of the Razer Vespula mousepad, and I have a Razer Orbweaver sitting on the other side of the keyboard. I've personally owned a Razer Naga for a little under four years (I bought the original model in summer of 2010) and that particular model had not failed me until it was replaced -- and even to this day, it still works.
That all being said, let's actually talk about the subject of this blog: Project Christine
. What is it? It's basically a modular computer with its parts housed in liquid-cooled compartments that you can then connect to a slim, central unit. The way that it's going to work, I can surmise, is that through paying a hefty subscription fee you will be able to own a "decent gaming computer" without actually having to pay upfront for the full cost of a mid-range PC (which is around $700 - $1200 USD). They haven't really released full details on how this is going to work, but I'm optimistic; the point of the whole thing is to bring affordable, high-end PC gaming to those who can't build a computer of their own due to financial reasons (or even pure laziness). Asking a huge subscription fee of around, maybe, $200 USD might be pushing it a little, but since they haven't released any sort of details all we can do is just speculate.
I want to talk about the attractiveness of this approach, though. I'm currently working a minimum wage job and am going to school. My system, right now, is an ASUS G74Sx ROG laptop (a three-year old model, at this point) which runs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics card. It still runs very well to this day, but I need to replace it soon with a new computer -- because I can't upgrade anything on this laptop, and I want to be able to play all of my games at their graphical apex. Well, that
, and I'm running into serious performance issues. However, even with my job I cannot come close to being able to afford a brand new setup. The closest I can come won't be for another two months of saving my money
, and even then I have to give my brother $300 USD a month for living expenses. Needless to say, it becomes exceedingly difficult to save money for a computer that I will eventually need out of necessity.
This is why Project Christine
is so attractive to me -- and not just the name, itself. I can't afford to buy all of the parts of a computer on my own, but having a modular PC with easy-to-swap components only through the cost of a monthly subscription? Sign me up, please, but just as long as the subscription price is affordable. I can handle $50 - $75 USD a month for a computer
, but that brings me to my next point.
It's highly likely that the subscription price will be beyond ridiculous. In fact, with what you're getting out of it, I'm counting on it. If anything, the model might be dependent on the parts you choose -- like, higher-end graphics cards will (undoubtedly) bring up the price
Even still, no matter what anyone's opinions on it are, it's still a very ambitious project that I really
hope comes through, despite public opinion. I'm looking forward to seeing what might come of it.