Cooler Master reveals the ORB X GamePod, a semi-enclosed immersive workstation for gamers

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Jul 13, 2021 11:15 AM

The idea of a semi-enclosed workstation (AKA, a ‘GamePod’) has been gaining more attraction in the gaming and workplace industry: an all-in-one workstation that also provides comfort, flexibility, and immersion. There have been some… interesting designs to say the least, and Cooler Master has just revealed their own version.

The Cooler Master ORB X is the latest GamePod design to be revealed, and comparisons to a giant white egg have already been made, so don’t even think about mentioning the same down below. Unfortunately CM did not reveal a price for such a setup, but we at least know some of the features.

Now before you ask, no it does not come with a PC and therefore no graphics card either. You’ll have to supply your own rig, but there’s at least a hidden compartment where your PC can slide in or out for easy access, and it comes in black too. It also has some sweet RGBs, yo.

In terms of features, there’s support for multiple screen mounts, so you can have either a single 49” monitor or if you want to go full immersion then up to three 27” monitors. Plus, there’s a 2.1 immersive sound system housed directly inside the workstation itself for a true spatial audio experience.

More obviously, the capsule is a semi-enclosed environment giving you some proper gaming privacy, and the detached dome on top lifts up to give you ample room to get inside and get comfy. There’s also an ergonomic, adjustable chair for advanced comfort and lumber support.

Really, it’s the perfect gaming chair since it has everything in one. Just plug in your PC and you’ve got everything you need to start going. Well, I guess you do need a keyboard come to think of it, but apart from that it’s all good! And you don’t have to feel about gaming with it, as it’s aimed at gamers and professionals too.

There’s mention of VR, AR, and haptics support but little explanation as to what that actually means. VR is fine since sitting in a chair whilst VR gaming isn’t bad, but AR and haptics sound really fun. Can the chair rumble as a grenade goes off next to me whilst playing Battlefield? These are the questions I want answered, Mr. Cooler Master.

Again, Cooler Master hasn't announced an official price tag or release date yet, but judging by the features it’s probably a lot more expensive than you think. Is it worth it though for an immersive gaming experience? Probably not unless you just won the lottery, but maybe CM will surprise us, possibly… hopefully.

What do you think? Are you interested in the ORB X GamePod? Would you use one for a normal gaming session? Do you think it’s worth it for immersive gaming? How much do you reckon it costs? Let us know your thoughts!

Would you use an ORB X GamePod regularly?

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22:11 Jul-17-2021

really had an ideal project of turning a dental chair into a gmaing station but im too busy lol

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15:30 Jul-18-2021

Such is the case with many things in life sadly.

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14:22 Jul-17-2021

What's the point if it doesn't come with a built in cooling unit for drinks and snacks? ;)

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20:49 Jul-17-2021

Don't give em any ideas now.

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18:32 Jul-15-2021

Great. Cause that's what we need. Even more isolation from one another.

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16:03 Jul-15-2021

pretty sure OCUK started selling something like this about 10 years ago for like £20k

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23:28 Jul-13-2021

Don't think workstation is a word I'd use to describe that thing.

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18:16 Jul-13-2021

be for real for me that make me feel more claustrophobic

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15:00 Jul-13-2021

It is cool for the wow factor but after a month of using it and showing it off to friends and family I would be like meh...

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15:00 Jul-13-2021

I think cooler master has too much time at their hands they should just stick to what their good at. Whatever that is belongs into idiocracy.

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14:24 Jul-13-2021

Every time I see something like this I just think that my own couch looks more comfortable than this.

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13:56 Jul-13-2021

Nothing new here, I think razer and some other companies tried to makes somthing like this years ago

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13:39 Jul-13-2021

I just don't get companies trying to stereotype gamers and go overboard by marketing crap like this as what gamers want. No gamer would ever want this piece of dumb crap.

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12:55 Jul-13-2021

This is the dorkiest thing I've recently seen - AND at the real gamer resolution of 480p! xD

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