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iiRcade’s premium Dead Cells arcade cabinet is a thing of beauty

Home arcade company iiRcade is releasing a new premium line of cabinets featuring a fresh visual redesign and improved audio. The first premium edition is a cabinet design based on indie hit Dead Cells.

Annouced at CES 2022, the new offering from iiRcade is a home arcade cabinet with a unique twist. The machine hooks up to a shop where players can purchase and download new titles to the machine. The service’s library includes classics like Burger Time and modern indies like Kunai.

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iiRcade's Dead Cells arcade cabinet stands in a smoky corridor.

The new premium model gives the cabinet a makeover. It features a taller, 64-inch frame with a curved top. The design more closely resembles old-school arcade machines with a light-up marquee and newly redesigned speaker grill.

While the machine’s internal hardware and screen are identical to the original iiRcade model, the premium version will get an audio boost. iiRcade announced a new partnership with JBL to bring JBL Audio to the cabinet. That’s a first-of-its-kind partnership for home arcade cabinets.

The first premium edition cabinet is a stunner. It features a design based around indie hit Dead Cells, which is available to buy and play on iiRcade machines. It has a purple marquee featuring the game’s logo and detailed art around the cabinet.

The Dead Cells cabinet will be available for pre-order starting in spring 2022, though no proper release date is set. Pricing information has yet to be revealed either. Currently, a standard iiRcade cabinet can cost up to $800 depending on the model, though holiday recently discounts took the base edition down to $300.

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