Razer, maker of gaming peripherals and components, has some announcements today that are a big departure from their previous products.
First we have the announcement of an open VR standard, the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem. Razer is contributing to this with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, "a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology". The kit will be shipping in June for $199. There's a lot more information about this new VR platform on the Razer's OSVR page.
Next we have Forge TV, an Android gaming device for the living room that Razer says is "powered by a quad-core processor and gaming-grade graphics", which doesn't sound like your usual streamer.
Essentially a high-powered tablet in a box, the Razer Forge TV has impressive specs for an Android device:
- OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 – Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU (2.5GHz per core), Adreno 420 GPU, 2GB RAM
- Storage: 16GB
- Connectivity: Wireless 802.11ac 2X2, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.1 + HS
- Ports: HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0
- Dimensions: 105mm X 105mm X 17mm
There is a product page up for the Forge TV on Razer's site, but no word on pricing or availability yet.
Finally we have Razer's entry into the popular fitness wearable market, the Nabu X.
This is compatible with Android and iOS devices and promises "5 to 7 days" battery life per charge. More info from Razer here.
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If Razer is going to release
If Razer is going to release a stream box in 2015, it should at least be x64, everything else is A1.
The issue for them is, you
The issue for them is, you can now buy a $140 full windows tablet with HDMI out that can even handle modern light games, never mind streaming.
And with the new tech intel
And with the new tech intel showed off… That scene will keep getting more epic. Oh yes!
I think Razer should have
I think Razer should have made a SteamOS box instead of a android one.
I’ll be buying into the OSVR
I’ll be buying into the OSVR kit soon as possible without questions hands down no matter what. Despite being limited currently to 60hz (Can bump to 75hz perhaps?..” I love the concept, the direction they want to take it and yea, it’s in theory going to be upgradable so..
So yea, just going to toss them some money and consider it funding.
200 dollars for what this is.. SURE!
I sold a 42′ recently and then after reviewing the market I decided to roll dice and wait to see what’s to come instead, just using different older monitors I have sitting around till then. Very glad I held off… OSVR and one of the new BENQ’s shown off will likely be my two new monitors to use for a good number of years as long as they hold up to the task.