Is Acer’s Predator Thronos the most ridiculous gaming accessory ever made?

Acer‘s Predator Thronos takes gaming chairs to an absurd new level. The 1.5m tall structure has more in common with a military flight simulator than a piece of home furniture, and it looks like something straight out of Flight of the Navigator.

Announced at IFA 2018, the Predator Thronos supports three 27in monitors with a massive overhead arm that lowers them into place in front of your gaze. A keyboard and mouse table swings in from the side to hold you in place while you game, and the Thronos comes with enough space to fit in a meaty gaming PC too.

It’s also available in a choice of dual-tone black with white or blue accents, and features “deep impact vibration” – where the chair will react to in-game collisions.

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Acer describes the Predator Thronos as “a gamer’s cave”, and says the assembly is adjustable and ergonomic, complete with your own footrest. You’ll probably need that comfort when the chair starts to shake and move – and Acer also says the chair can recline to 140 degrees, taking the table and screens with it for ultimate comfort.

Acer has yet to say when the Predator Thronos will go on sale, or how much it will cost. Aside from the price for the ridiculous gaming chair itself, you’ll also need to buy monitors and a gaming PC to work with it. Those don’t come cheap, especially as Acer is recommending its latest set of monitors as the perfect accompaniment.

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Unveiled at IFA, the Predator XB273K monitor goes on sale for a cool €1499 (£1357). If that seems like too much to spend on a screen, Acer suggests the Nitro XV273K, a €1049 (£949) display. Thankfully you can also spring for any other manufacturers you like as they’ll all fit in the Thronos.

The Acer Predator Thronos is clearly gloriously over the top. It looks like the cockpit of an alien spaceship and will feel more at home in an arcade than in a living room. But, if you like to spend a lot of money on gaming equipment – this could be your zenith.

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