Corsair recently announced that it has acquired Origin PC, a company popular for its pre-built enthusiast gaming desktops and laptops. According to a press release, the purchase is a play to expand Corsair’s reach toward more players who don’t want to fuss with building their PCs.
In addition to creating PC peripherals, like gaming mice, headsets, and keyboards, Corsair already caters toward the custom build market with popular internal components, like power supply units and RAM.
Origin PC will remain a separate brand from Corsair, and it will still handle and manage warranties, product support, and purchases moving forward. Despite acquiring perhaps the most well-known name within the pre-built PC market, Corsair says it still intends to produce its systems, like the Corsair One. The overlap makes some sense: Origin PC makes hulking no-holds-barred systems, while Corsair has built an effort to craft some space-conscious builds.
However, there will be a few modifications to Origin PC builds. Corsair will incorporate its issue software into machines, which provides “system-wide lighting synchronization and system monitoring” as well as Corsair’s Hydro X Series custom cooling systems. It says that more integration of Corsair technologies into Origin PC builds will come shortly.
In 2018, Corsair acquired Elgato, which is known for its capture cards that make streaming to Twitch and YouTube far easier. The PC scene has seen a lot of consolidation in the past few years with other high-profile acquisitions, like Logitech buying Astro and Turtle Beach having acquired Roccat.
There are no plans as of now for Origin to start selling PCs outside of the US and Canada. Meanwhile, Corsair expects that consolidating the corporates will give it more leverage with suppliers.The deal follows Corsair’s purchase last year of Elgato, which makes capture cards and peripherals for gamers who stream gameplay on the likes of Twitch, YouTube and Mixer.