Razer's Switchblade to use Intel's latest Atom processor

It's been a while since PC gaming peripheral maker Razer first revealed its concept for the Switchblade portable gaming PC. Since then, the company has been pretty silent about the status of the Switchblade concept, but this week Razer announced two new developments. One of them is that the Switchblade design will now use the latest version of Intel's Atom processor. According to the press release, the Switchblade will now be powered by the Intel Atom Z690. This version of the Atom processor will run at 1.70 GHz.

The Switchblade concept was designed by Razer to create a powerful but highly portable gaming PC with some unique features. Back in January, Razer announced that their concept would be based on a 7 inch screen. It also uses a keyboard and user interface that are designed to change depending on which game the Switchblade is running. Razer states on the Switchblade web site, "When you start up any game, the keyboard intelligently recognizes the game's specific interface and transposes the interactive visual elements such as command icons and control schemes right to the mechanical keys. Depending on the situation in-game, the keyboard can also change on-the-fly to give you only the controls you need".

In another press release this week, Razer announced that the Switchblade's user interface will be adapted to be used by games that have been developed and published by China-based Shanda Games. According to Razer, titles from Shanda like Legend of Immortal, Dragon Nest and World of Legend will be made to work with the Switchblade UI.

Razer has stated in the past that it currently doesn't plan to sell gaming PCs based on the Switchblade concept. Instead, it will license the design to other PC manufacturers. There's still no word yet on when the first Switchblade PC will be released or how much it will cost.

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of all the games out there, it had to be
" titles from Shanda like Legend of Immortal, Dragon Nest and World of Legend"
why not something thats abit more relevant outside of China?

So they put a netbook processor... the weakest of all PCs, in a gaming PC.. the most powerful of all consumer PCs.

Something says Ferrari with a SMART engine to me.

It says it plans to license the concept to other manufacturers, smart move cus they'd probably go bankrupt if they tried bring that to Market. Atom CPU is just rediculous, it's got less muscle than a crowd at an anorexics convention!

Tony. said,
"Gaming PC" and "Intel Atom" in the same sentence is an Oxymoron...?
Haven't you heard? Now "PC Gamers" play Farmville, Plants vs Zombies, World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

undu said,
Haven't you heard? Now "PC Gamers" play Farmville, Plants vs Zombies, World of Warcraft and League of Legends.
I think your comment is funny... read this from Tom's Hardware...
"I always chuckle a bit when I see folks talking about World of Warcraft as if it were the lowest common denominator of PC gaming. Yes, it's in Blizzard's best interest to make this massively popular title as accessible as possible to its millions of subscribers. But there's a gaping difference between the most entry-level settings WoW supports and the lushest options it offers. Cranked up to Ultra quality, this game can actually bring a number of respectable graphics cards to their knees. I have the benchmark results to prove it, too."

Here's the link to the article http://www.tomshardware.com/re...tx-11-performance,2793.html

Invizibleyez said,
I think your comment is funny... read this from Tom's Hardware...
"I always chuckle a bit when I see folks talking about World of Warcraft as if it were the lowest common denominator of PC gaming. Yes, it's in Blizzard's best interest to make this massively popular title as accessible as possible to its millions of subscribers. But there's a gaping difference between the most entry-level settings WoW supports and the lushest options it offers. Cranked up to Ultra quality, this game can actually bring a number of respectable graphics cards to their knees. I have the benchmark results to prove it, too."

Here's the link to the article http://www.tomshardware.com/re...tx-11-performance,2793.html

It's DX11 took a page out of Crytek's playbook of Crysis 1. Unoptimized from hell, plus it looks like crap still.

haha well... i think everyone who cared about switchblade new it would use atom, and then newest atom... and thats where everywone complained about it, you know intel graphics aren't good enough. i think it would be a cool device BUT it doesn't seem really useful about newest games. nice concept but... atom? seriously?... not really good good enough sometimes.

haha well... i think everyone who cared about switchblade new it would use atom, and then newest atom... and thats where everywone complained about it, you know intel graphics aren't good enough. i think it would be a cool device BUT it doesn't seem really useful about newest games. nice concept but... atom? seriously?... not really good good enough sometimes.

"The Switchblade concept was designed by Razer to create a powerful but highly portable gaming PC with some unique features." - and they intend on doing that using an Atom? okay.

They would be better to put out the Keypad for the desktop. A low powered netbook with an LCD keyboard misses the mark for the graphics power that the average PC gamer wants and the added expense of having the keypad will probably not be of interets for casual gamers.

This will at best scritch an itch for a nitch market for Wow and maybe other MMORPGs players that have disposable income. I don't see any mention of Nvidia Ion pairing so I'm thinking they should have gone with an AMD APU... although the Atom takes about 3W and does HD video well... it still will be weak for gaming. To think they were saying that it was just a concept, and probably would not see the light of day. I wonder how many units they need to sell to turn a profit to make it woth their while... might it be more or less 100,000?

Actually there was a microsoft research video on using an lcd to power an interactive keyboard where the keys changed depending on the app..

It was basically an LCD screen with on screen buttons, fitting a "Keyboard" over this to trigger the on screen keys should be trivial..

If they used this method, it would save costs significantly compared to the maximus

I can't even imaging how much they would want for that. That Optimus Maximus had a ridiculous price. Great concept, though. Did that thing ever actually get to retail?

So apart from keys that change depending on what game is being played, what's so good about it?

Definitely sounds like a major gimmick. Anyone remember the Optimus Maximus?

The Optimus Maximus was something like 1500$.

It was simply ahead of its time. One day every keyboard will be like this.

LaP said,
The Optimus Maximus was something like 1500$.

It was simply ahead of its time. One day every keyboard will be like this.


Serisously 1.500$ for a keyboard, who pays for that?
Also that gaming laptop by Razer must be very weak. A Fruitless effort I believe.