Since time immemorial, PC gaming’s appeal has been limited by its requirements. Sure, a high-end gaming system can blow the pants off an Xbox or PlayStation, but you have to pay a pretty penny for the decent frame rates and all the graphical bells and whistles. What’s more, gaming rigs—be they laptops or desktops—are often so bulky that you’re all but chained to your desk. Ugh.
Over the past few weeks, a veritable legion of thin, light, and downright portable gaming machines have been announced, all ready to relieve you of the burden of gargantuan computers. And beyond hardware, a duo of new streaming services want to turn any PC into a gaming PC. Witness the birth of truly portable PC gaming.