Razer CES 2015: Forging Ahead
Sal Thomas / Jan 9th, 2015 No Comments
When it comes to PC gaming accessories, Razer is one of the top brands. I have a love-hate relationship with Razer. Their products are great, but I hate the fact that they are typically not available until long after they are announced. The company made some major announcements at CES 2015, and we got a chance to check out the latest from Razer.
Razer is the latest company to join the growing virtual reality market. The company announced the OSVR, which stands for the Open Source Virtual Reality Headset. With the virtual reality industry budding rapidly, Razer did not want to be left behind.
Unlike competing headsets such as the Occulus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, the OSVR uses both open source hardware and software. This is a major advantage for Razer, as small teams and indie game producers will now have access to virtual reality. It once appeared that Occulus had a monopoly on virtual reality, but the OSVR will allow for major growth within the industry.
In addition to joining the virtual reality market, Razer also announced it is releasing a living room media streaming device. The Forge TV is an Android-powered device the size of a hard drive. The Forge TV connects directly to a TV via an HDMI cord and allows users to play Android-based game in full HD. More importantly, the device allows users to stream PC games from their PC to their TV.
The Forge TV runs on a skinned version of Android 5.0 lollipop, and is equipped with a Snapdragon 805 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also is Googlecast enabled, so if you are playing on an older TV, you will be able to cast various apps from your phone directly to your TV, including YouTube and Netflix. The device is reasonably priced at $100 MSRP.
Wait, There’s More
To coincide with the release of the Forge TV, Razer announced the Serval Bluetooth game controller. The Serval is essentially a rehash of the company’s Sabertooth controller. While playing with the Sevral at the Razer booth, it worked flawlessly. A clip can also be attached to the controller in order to dock a phone and play mobile games on the go. Our only gripe is the controller’s $80 price tag. It’s a bit on the expensive side, especially in a market that offers numerous cheaper and equivalent Bluetooth game controllers.
Another accessory built for use with the Forge TV is the Razer Turrent. This nifty little keyboard allows users to connect to the Forge TV or any PC via Bluetooth. When we first saw this device, we were a bit puzzled. Most hardcore games don’t have a need for a lapboard, and the Forge TV seems to be more of a controller experience. However, the keyboard works with Razer’s latest software, Cortex: Stream. With Cortex: Stream, gamers will be able to stream any of their PC games directly to the Forge or any Android device (running Android 5.0 or higher).
Razer has not ventured far from the hardcore PC experience in the past, but the company is apparently planning world domination. With Razer products, users will have the ability to play anywhere at any time. Unfortunately, most of these products will not release until the second quarter of this year, so we will have to play the waiting game.
tags: ces , CES 2015 , Forge TV , opinion , OSVR , razer , Razer Virtual Reality