When popular Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
took a four-day break in June to attend the annual E3 video
game conference in Los Angeles, he
lost more than 100,000 subscribers — all because he wasn’t
streaming every single day that week. The channels of streamers
like Ninja, and plenty of other online entertainers in the
Twitch and YouTube space, basically live or die on consistency.
So with that kind of pressure to pump out daily content, GAEMS,
a supplier of portable gaming set ups, decided it would make
the most high-end, premium version of its product to try and
alleviate some of that stress. The result is the Guardian, a
massive suitcase with a built-in monitor for both gaming
consoles and PCs that can be lugged around and plugged in
GAEMS first made a name for itself nearly a decade ago with
encasements for game consoles, so people without reliable
environments to play games — think those who travel constantly
or are in the military — could do so easily on the road. The
company’s products typically involve a built-in display and a
clamshell case that can hold some type of gaming machine,
usually a console, with all of the circuitry and plugs required
to have everything function properly, and a single wall plug.
The Guardian is that idea taken to the extreme. For one, the
case is is made of a slightly more sturdy blend of metal and
plastic, as opposed to the standard hard-shell plastic ones
used in the past. It also has a 24-inch QHD panel with a 60Hz
refresh rate this time, the best the company has ever offered.
It has built-in 9W stereo speakers, and comes compatible with
Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4 and PS4 Pro — partly thanks to the
removable, screwed-in metal cover, which replaces the standard
velcro straps from past models.
The company claims it can house a PC as well, though you might
have a hard time finding gaming PCs that fit inside the case.
They’d have to be the size of a console.
The device also has special mounts — the company says they’re
of the Picatinny
variety, the military mounting standard (one of GAEMS’
primary markets is soldiers who want to game overseas). That
way, you can equip whatever kind of webcam and lighting systems
you’d want to bring on the road.
GAEMS says it hopes the machine is a product that streamers
like the Ninjas of the world will find useful, so they can game
on the go and keep their streams up and running. The Guardian
has the appropriate input / output ports, the company claims,
to let you offload your video to a secondary laptop for Twitch
streaming. So all you’d really need theoretically is that
second machine to make the whole rig work as a viable
replacement for your home setup, granted you could bring your
standard cameras and microphones along.
Still, this is a pretty niche product, even more so than the
standard GAEMS portable rigs. The company isn’t saying how much
the Guardian will cost, but its next most expensive model is
the recently announced Sentinel, which costs $349.99. You could
imagine given the build quality of the Guardian and the
higher-quality display that it might cost quite a bit more. The
company says it’s scheduled to ship some time in the third
quarter of this year.