Cloud gaming has become an increasingly popular idea in recent years, from Sony’s PlayStation Now service to Razer’s recently-announced Forge TV micro-console. Now NZXT is releasing a micro-console of its own that it calls the Doko. While this device isn’t as game-centric as Forge TV and does sacrifice some performance, it makes up for this with its solid media capabilities and simplicity.
The idea of weaving together conventional PC and TV content is an old one, and while streaming devices are about to become as common as hack attacks against US governmental agencies, certain limitations and restrictions continue to prevent the concept from achieving perfection. Razer’s recently unveiled Forge TV is perhaps the best streaming concept around, but it’s a games-first gadget, and on paper, it looks a little too ambitious for its own good. Meanwhile, the NZXT Doko is the complete opposite, keeping things refreshingly simple. Too simple? In a way, yes, as hardcore PC gamers should probably seek a living room, clutter-free sidekick elsewhere. Framerate and general response times aren’t great, according to Trusted Reviews, and NZXT doesn’t claim otherwise, merely promising 1080p video playing at 30 frames per second with latency of no more than 80 milliseconds.