Gaming Mayhem in Melbourne!
Rated the most livable city in the world, Melbourne was also the most loved by 50,000 gamers for three days. The gaming enthusiasts converged at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for PAX Australia, one of the biggest and most influential gaming events in Australia. The annual event, which began in 2013, has attracted sellout crowds with each edition.
The draw was the latest games and technologies that make gaming pure nirvana. NVIDIA was out in full force across the event with solid presence at our partners’ booths – ASUS, MSI/MWave, Gigabyte/MSY, Ubisoft, and 2K.
4K gaming, virtual reality, DirectX 12, and G-SYNC – these are just some of the hottest stimulants for gaming euphoria. And they are found in the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs – from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 to the powerful GeForce GTX 980 Ti. There was something for everyone – from mobile to hardcore gamers.
Visitors got the opportunity to try out the latest games and indulge in an incredible 4K gaming experience at the NVIDIA partner booths.
In sync with the powerful GeForce-based PCs were a slew of G-SYNC monitors from Acer, AOC and Asus. The wide-eyed looks and joy written on their faces showed clearly how the gamers were awed by the stutter-free, tearing-free and no lagging gaming across a range of hot titles such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Killing Floor 2, Mad Max, Dying Light, Project Cars, Heroes of the Storm, Rainbow Six Siege, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, and World of Warships.
Those keen on mobile gaming were thrilled by the newly-announced G-SYNC gaming laptops from Asus, AORUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. As they tried out these powerful laptops, it was like they were playing with their desktop gaming PCs. This is because the GeForce GTX 900M-class gaming laptops deliver breakthrough desktop-class gaming performance to the notebook. The GPUs come with the latest features and provide longer battery life for gamers looking for serious gameplay beyond the desktop.
But, for hardcore gamers who prefer to get their fix on their gaming desktops, NVIDIA launched at PAX Australia the combat-ready Battlebox PC. Dubbed the “ultimate beast of a gaming machine”, this PC comes with an unbeatable combination of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU horsepower, 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI® and the highest-grade components. On top of these, it is VR Ready and supports 4K gaming and DX12 for better visual effects and rendering techniques. It’s a gamer’s dream come true – all the best stuff in one powerful device.
It’s not surprising to see crowds gathering at the MSY and MWave booth where the Battlebox PC was on show. These PCs are available eight system integrators in Australia – Centrecom, MSY, Mwave, Origin PC, PC Case Gear, PLE, Scorptec, and UMART, and three in New Zealand - Computer Lounge, PB Technologies and Playtech. More information is available at GeForce.com.
Speaking of GeForce.com, another piece of good news is that NVIDIA has launched the NVIDIA ANZ Forum just for Australia and New Zealand gamers. It’s all part of NVIDIA’s effort to better serve our growing number of local gamers using GeForce GPUs in these territories.
Besides the hardware glitz, NVIDIA also organised activities to make the time spent at PAX Australia a little more fun, interesting and rewarding. After signing up to NVIDIA ANZ Forum and registering as an NFan, visitors could complete missions – that’s what gamers do, right? – and receive an NVIDIA Kickstand Smart Phone wallet. A lucky visitor also brought home a Gigabyte gaming notebook simply by answering three questions on NVIDIA ANZ Forum.
And that’s not all, visitors who took part in the Twitter passport programme, which involved catching NVIDIA-related demos at our partner booths to collect stamps, got an NVIDIA USB charger. In addition, one of them also won an Acer Chromebook.
PAX Australia may have come to an end but with such exciting technologies now available, the dreams of many gamers have come true.