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Razer Forge TV Android gaming box looks set for 1st May release

by Mark Tyson on 7 April 2015, 10:05

Tags: Razer, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)

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The Razer Forge TV was first demoed at the CES in January and now it looks like the hardware will be on sale soon. Yesterday Droid Gamers reported that the mini Android console, designed by PC Gaming specialist Razer, was available for pre-order on Amazon at $149. The shipping date was set at 1st May. However someone seems to have jumped the gun and at the time of writing the console pricing and availability information has been removed.

Razer's Android console follows a similar tack to Nvidia's SHIELD console in what it offers. It does 'next-level Android gaming' and PC games streaming powered by 'Razer Cortex: Stream' technology. While Razer might lack some SHIELD niceties like TegraZone games and GRID 'Netflix' style streaming it allows "Ultra-Low Latency" streaming of your own PC games with any kind of PC graphics hardware (GPU: HD5000 series, GTX580 or higher). The Razer Forge TV is also Google cast ready.

Razer Forge TV Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0, Lollipop
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU - 2.5GHz per core, Adreno 420 GPU
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB of Storage
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 + HS, Wireless 802.11ac 2X2, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports: HDMI 1.4 output, USB 3.0, DC Power
  • Dimensions: 105mm X 105mm X 17mm
  • Requirements: TV with HDMI input, HDMI cable, Internet connectivity

For its TV and entertainment duties the Razer Forge supports your favourite media apps on Google Play it offers Android TV functionality and the aforementioned casting ability. Razer has produced a Razer Forge TV Remote App for Android or iOS devices to allow you to remote control and voice search with ease from the sofa.

For console-style games a Razer Serval controller is bundled in the $149 deal. The console can cope with up to four simultaneous controllers for local multiplayer fun. Razer also has a living room mouse and lapboard in development which is compatible with the Forge TV, pictured above. The Razer Turret "puts the power of desktop grade gaming peripherals right in your lap," to help you enjoy your streamed PC titles from the sofa.



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Getting sick of all these hardware streamers. I don't want to keep duplicating tech. Move it to software please (I know steam are doing it but the days of all games on steam were well and truly over a long time ago)!
shaithis
Getting sick of all these hardware streamers. I don't want to keep duplicating tech. Move it to software please (I know steam are doing it but the days of all games on steam were well and truly over a long time ago)!
If you add the none-steam game to your steam library, you can use in-home streaming you know? I checked it with ‘Hotline Miami’ and ‘This War of Mine’ that I got from GOG. Worked fine!
Biscuit
If you add the none-steam game to your steam library, you can use in-home streaming you know? I checked it with ‘Hotline Miami’ and ‘This War of Mine’ that I got from GOG. Worked fine!

Wow, never expected that - thanks very much!
shaithis
Getting sick of all these hardware streamers. I don't want to keep duplicating tech. Move it to software please (I know steam are doing it but the days of all games on steam were well and truly over a long time ago)!

I don't think the days of Steam gaming are anywhere near over. Have you seen their latest figures.

Plus this ism't just a streaming box, it an google TV box as well, which is what makes it attractive over something like the steam streaming box. It was supposed to be available Q1 though. Since when has May 1st been in Q1 lol. It may just be a placeholder date though I suppose.