Razer to launch a "hardcore" gaming ‘micro-console' running Android TV

The Razer Blade is widely acknowledged to be one of the best laptops for gaming, and its Edge tablet – running Windows 8 and designed to offer a superlative gaming experience on the move – is a pretty intriguing device too. With those bases covered, it seems that Razer is now preparing a push into living rooms.

Rather than going down the Steam Machines route that some manufacturers have embraced, Razer is developing a gaming-focused ‘micro-console’ based on the new Android TV effort, which Google announced yesterday. Engadget spoke with Razer at the Google I/O conference, and was told that the new device – shown here as a render – can “stream movies, music and other apps for large-screen entertainment, with an emphasis on gaming.”

Unlike other similar products, which include casual games as more of a nice ‘bonus’ than a major focus, Razer has promised that its device will be capable of delivering “hardcore” gaming to users.

The still-unnamed product is due to launch later this year, but for now Razer is being very coy about its plans, with many questions remaining unanswered. The company would not disclose any details about processing power, storage, connectivity, controllers or price, simply saying: “In keeping with the spirit of Google I/O, we will not be discussing specific product details at this time.”

It all sounds rather intriguing, and we’ll be looking forward to hearing more about the device in the weeks and months ahead. We just hope that Razer has managed to get its distribution problems sorted by the time the product launches. 

Source: Engadget | image via Razer / Engadget

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Aw man Razer, waddaya doin?? Step up and make another SNES/Genesis type console (a true console) with built in synth and no OS (just straight up 8/16/32/64bit) classic gaming box with all new titles and even your very own mascot!! (I dunno, some snake creature vs Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic). It's a market that's been abandoned, but still in critical demand!! Yours for the taking!!! The nice thing is that you can make the games strictly for your console only and not share it with PCs or other consoles the way Nintendo usually protects most of it's titles :) Dooo it! Dooo it! Everyone has a PC to game on, don't make another PC-based console like the PS4 or Xbox!

"Razer has promised that its device will be capable of delivering “hardcore” gaming to users."

All of the hardcore game isn't available in android for instance, Street Fighter X Tekken ,Infinity Blade I-III and many more. So in case anyone think of it as a real deal what they claim to be "hardcore" device should consider it as grain of salt because you most likely end up playing cut the rope, flappy birds or angry birds.

acrodex said,
You consider Infinity Blade as hardcore game?

I don't know why you would ask such a question unless you never experience it before but it's definitely a very demanding gpu+cpu game for mobile phone that you can find to date. In fact, my finger get fatigue faster than any game due to fast pace action gameplay style.

Master of Earth said,

I don't know why you would ask such a question unless you never experience it before but it's definitely a very demanding gpu+cpu game for mobile phone that you can find to date. In fact, my finger get fatigue faster than any game due to fast pace action gameplay style.

Still no hardcore game, You can't compare Console games or PC games to mobile games.

What about all the console games currently being played on Android? Will Razer support ROMs from Atari, Sega, Sony, Nintendo.....

simrat said,

Still no hardcore game, You can't compare Console games or PC games to mobile games.

What do you expect then? They used the same UE 3 in infinity blade trilogy so it's far better than any mobile game at the moment and it's not directly a comparison to console or pc.

techbeck said,
What about all the console games currently being played on Android? Will Razer support ROMs from Atari, Sega, Sony, Nintendo.....

I have no idea because most of the game on android don't quite classified as console level at the moment.

I'm all over this. Even for just a video streaming box. I have a roku now. And a chromecast. This is both of those combined plus more.
And with android extension and the current nvidia K1 chip this can render unreal 4 engine in real time. It has a great deal of potential.

Google supported google TV for many years. And since this uses their upcoming android release it's tied into everything they do. It's not going away anytime soon.

The main problem I have with buying this will be Google's product support history. I like some of this, but after being burned by Google TV, I'm skeptical about its long term prospects. Maybe if it is cheap enough (below $199), I'll consider buying one.

Google support history? Google has supported their Nexus devices very well. Otherwise, it is in the hands of the OEMs and out of their control.

Anyway, I have an XBOX, Media PC, and a Chromecast. No need for a Google TV for me.

Raa said,
It might be up to Razer to support it, if they're going to make it into a console of some form...

When Google rolls out version 2.0 of this product and has new HW requirements (more RAM, CPU, or drive space), will this obsolete my TV? Will I have to buy a new one? Will the OEM decide that after 2 years of updates, its not worth it to update it because it would take too much work to get it to work? The benefit of consoles, is that they typically have a long life cycle as they usually are expected to last for 5-10 years. In this respect the Xbox One and PS4 have better support especially since they are the only ones that make the product. Somehow I doubt any of the Play TV devices including the TVs will have such long lived support, especially when Google abandons their own tech quickly like Google TV, that Orb thing, and a long list of services.

techbeck said,
Google support history? Google has supported their Nexus devices very well. Otherwise, it is in the hands of the OEMs and out of their control.

Anyway, I have an XBOX, Media PC, and a Chromecast. No need for a Google TV for me.

Problem is that "Google TV" was something that Google advertised, not just their OEMs. The problem Drewidian had with the hardware extends to Google as well as the manufacturer.

Perhaps this is why Google has rebranded the software to "Android TV". It keeps their main brand name, Google, separate from what will no doubt be a whole slew of cheap products from every corner of Asia.

No I don't believe that is why. Android is Google, ignoring that would be like saying Windows is not associated with Microsoft. Everyone knows Android is Google as everyone knows Windows is Microsoft.. My mom who knows very little about tech associates Android with Google.

pjosephson said,
No I don't believe that is why. Android is Google, ignoring that would be like saying Windows is not associated with Microsoft. Everyone knows Android is Google as everyone knows Windows is Microsoft.. My mom who knows very little about tech associates Android with Google.

You are right in that Windows is associated with Microsoft, and I wager that most people who are displeased with Windows (or have a chip on their shoulder about it), more than likely blame Microsoft and not the fact that they bought the cheapest POS PC they could find.

Still, it is something different to have your company name in a product title vs. a brandname of an OS running on a product. If LG comes out with "Google TV", their is a much much stronger association with Google than if LG comes out with an "Android TV." Regardless, I think you are right to some extent in that average-joe (or, your mom) will more than likely blame problems on Android or Google rather than LG.

The name that gets the most attention in the presentation of a product in the name that gets the blame (or credit) when the product is a failure (or succeeds). You turn on that LG "Android TV" you are going to be bombarded with: Google, Android, Google, Android, Google, Android on every screen and probably only have "LG" on the box.