Aorus Project Cielo: Gigabyte's take on modular PCs
While it may sound cool on paper, the concept of modular PCs still has not seen any practical implementations, at least in the realm of desktop PCs. Framework might be on to something with its modular laptop designs, but for desktops, modularity is already an intrinsic characteristic, especially when you build your own rig from scratch. Razer tried its hand with Project Christine 7 years ago, yet no commercial versions have been released. Now, Gigabyte believes that the time for modular PCs is upon us, and presents the Aorus Project Cielo.
Instead of focusing on a powerful desktop rig, Gigabyte proposes a portable solution that combines 5G connectivity with modular design. The future of gaming apparently revolves around superfast connections, and Project Cielo comes with its own 5G antenna cleverly integrated at the top of the chassis. With its wing-shaped design, the antenna can provide lightning-fast connections when a wired solution is not handy.
The portable aspect is also emphasized by the inclusion of a battery module. Gamers can use the main PC module at home, but they can also add the battery module for increased mobility. There is also a third module that integrates a Bluetooth speaker. Gigabyte has not yet revealed any specs for the main PC module, but it looks to come in a mini PC form-factor so it probably does not support high-end components. Otherwise, it does seem to feature a decent selection of ports, with the usual USB-A / USB-C connectors on front, and the video outputs plus the GbE jack on the back.
All this looks like a mobile hub rather than a highly-portable gaming rig. Gigabyte itself thinks that gaming PCs will eventually evolve into the info & entertainment center at home, so maybe the idea here is to provide wireless high speed connectivity for the entire house in a neat and compact package.