Everyone seems to be trying to crack PC gaming in the living room lately, and Razer has just thrown its hat into the ring with four new products. The company’s Forge TV micro-console and Cortex: Stream software aim to let folks stream games from their PC to their home theater, while its Serval game controller and Turret “gaming mouse and lapboard” are there to provide couch-friendly gaming input.
The Forge TV micro-console is the most interesting of the bunch. A Roku-like contraption with Android software, this tiny (4.1″ x 4.1″ x 0.7″) device is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage capacity. It features 802.11ac Wi-Fi (apparently with 2×2 MIMO antennas) and Gigabit Ethernet to ensure fast streaming, plus Bluetooth 4.1 + HS, USB 3.0, and HDMI out.
This micro-console will be able to stream PC games via Razer’s Cortex: Stream software, which is “launching into beta in spring 2015.” The software purportedly enables “ultra-low latency gaming” at resolutions up to 1080p. It’s “hardware-agnostic” and supports DirectX 9 or newer games from “any publisher,” as well. The brief demo in the video above seems to run at a weirdly low frame rate, though. Hmm.
If you want to go native, Razer says the micro-console can also “easily” handle the latest Google Play games. Users can even save their progress and resume playing on Android devices “via a cloud save feature.” Much like a Roku or Chromecast dongle, the Forge TV can also be controlled remotely via iOS, Android, and Windows devices as well as Chromebooks.
Backing the Forge TV are the Serval and Turret. The former is an Xbox-style gamepad designed by the same folks behind Razer’s existing Sabertooth controller. It can be used with the Forge TV or mated with an Android handset thanks to an “adjustable game clip.” The Turret, meanwhile, is described by Razer as a “fully anti-ghosted gaming keyboard and high precision 3500 DPI ambidextrous mouse” that have been “designed to fit perfectly on your lap.”
Razer will offer the Forge TV in the first quarter of this year. The console will sell either on its own for $99.99 or as a $149.99 bundle with the Serval controller. It looks like you’ll still have to buy the Cortex: Stream software separately for $39.99, though. Separate Serval controllers will retail for $79.99, while the Turret lapboard-and-mouse combo will set you back $129.99 when it comes out in the second quarter.