Some of you may not be old enough to have experienced the prehistoric era of the late 1990s, but when I first started to become interested in combining my passion for gaming with the natural desire for mobility, it was not long before I realized that passion and desire were not enough. At that time you also needed strong muscles and an extension cord. Back in the day, if wandering gamers wanted to play anywhere but at home, they needed to lug around their desktop computers and pray that nothing untoward happened to them on their way to their LAN session.
It is only a few year later, with the help of technological advancements, that the first powerful graphics chipsets became available and that I was able to participate in weekly Urban Terror or Quake 3 sessions, armed with a simple “transportable” computer… Yes, transportable. A nickname which reminded everyone that while the 3D rendering power of these machines had certainly improved, they still had hopelessly limited autonomy and were still rather cumbersome. As for their price, let’s just say I might have had to sell a few of my organs to pay for it.
If we could have only been born 20 years later…Nowadays, mobile PC gaming is accessible for under a thousand dollars on more or less powerful machines which are wirelessly connected to the internet and which have ever improving autonomy thanks to systems such as Optimus and Battery Boost.