Razer have launched their eagerly-awaited Android Micro-Console with the promise that it will fully integrate gaming into our TV living rooms. In truth, the Razer Forge TV is less interesting than the peripherals that bring it to life. However, the bottom line is that Razer’s new kit delivers wireless streaming of a wide range of online apps from your PC, Android tablet or smartphone.
Being able to play online on the biggest screen in the house has obvious value. That will particularly be the case for the likes of internet gamblers who want to scrutinize what is in front of them. The perfect example would be in Australia online gambling, which is a growth area. Games like poker and blackjack are simply booming. That increases demand and means gamblers are looking to discover the best places to play via detailed reviews. You can access them here on your favourite gadget. Likewise, mobile casinos are striving to capitalise on this popularity with clear visuals to attract players. But even iphone screen sizes can leave players squinting at the details of cards and bets. Enjoying the benefits of a big screen via Razer’s latest offering would therefore give players a distinct visual value.
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The most eye-catching aspect of Razer’s new range is designed to appeal to those who prefer a keyboard to a console. The highlight of the package for those folk is therefore unquestionably the Razer Turret. This is a remote lapboard/qwerty keyboard incorporating a magnetic mouse. For console fans, the Razer Serval is a Bluetooth 3.0 controller with optional wired mode in the style of the Xbox 360 pad.
At the heart of the offering is the Razer Forge TV. Based on the Snapdragon 805 chipset, the Forge TV delivers a seamless connection between Android or smartphone and TV. Not only that but it also features an ARM-based 2.5 GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Additional features include Bluetooth 4.1, AC wireless, Gigabit Ethernet and an HDMI 1.4 output.
The basic Razer Forge TV alone is priced at $99. More realistically, a bundle that includes the newly-introduced Serval Bluetooth controller is priced at $149.99. Perhaps disappointingly, the Razer Turret commands a standalone price of $129.99. So, for all the comfort and ease of use it promises, it is not cheap.
Google’s launch of its Android TV software last June shows the good timing of Razer’s development. There is clearly a market out there amongst the established gaming and gambling community for the Razer Forge TV. That $99 price point is clearly intended to catch the eye, even if the peripherals do quickly ramp up the overall spend. What will be especially interesting – notwithstanding that hefty price tag – is whether the Razer Turret will stack up in the market place. It might just have the makings of a game changer.