Corsair, a company well-known for its gaming-oriented PC components and peripherals, has announced that it is acquiring Origin PC. Both brands are likely familiar to the PC gamer community - Corsair's products including gaming mice and components such as RAM modules with RGB lighting, and Origin PC is one of the best-known makers of custom-built PCs. Just yesterday, the latter company showed off a machine that brought together a PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, in addition to a Nintendo Switch dock.
The goal of the acquisition is to make it easier for gamers to transition from consoles to PCs by making it easier for customers to have the PC they want built for them, rather than having to build it themselves. Andy Paul, founder and CEO of Corsair, said:
“With the gaming PC market continuing to expand as an increasing number of players make the jump from console to PC, we wanted to do more to reach customers in North America that prefer to buy, rather than build, their system (...). With ORIGIN PC’s expertise in personalized custom gaming systems and CORSAIR’s strength in performance PC hardware and the iCUE software ecosystem, we’re excited to combine our efforts to create new world-class gaming experiences for PC gamers.”
As mentioned above, since Corsair has its own components and Origin PC builds computers using said components, this seems like a somewhat logical move. Origin PC's will soon start being integrated with Corsair's iCue software to control RGB lighting, and the Hydro X cooling solution will also make its way to some Origin PC systems in the near future. More cooperation like this should also be expected in the future.
Origin PC will continue to operate from its existing headquarters in Miami, Florida, and it will keep its branding within Corsair. Corsair didn't disclose how much the acquisition was worth.