Despite being an improvement on Google TV, Android TV platform is still far from being a must-buy for the consumers. So, the companies like Razer are attempting new ways to entice the consumers, like by combining an Android TV device with a gaming console, thus providing a great living room device in the form of the new Razer Forge TV for casual gamers, hardcore PC gamers, TV enthusiasts and online media junkies.
Razer’s Forge TV includes quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It runs on Android TV and comes pre-loaded with Razer’s new Cortex Stream service, which allows the users to stream any game from their PC to the device in 1080p. The Cortex Stream service will initially be available in beta, but the company claims that the experience will be lag-free even during beta.
“Razer Forge TV is a device that is able to bring together the most popular elements of an entertainment center. It powers popular music and movie apps and plays Android TV games that an entire family can enjoy. For the hardcore gaming audience, it will bring PC gaming to the couch. Razer Forge TV is what we see as the future of consoles,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO.
According to Razer, Forge TV will go on sale in Q1, 2015 for $99 ($149 with Razer’s Serval Controller) in the United States.. The controller packs four action buttons, two thumb sticks, and trigger and bumper buttons, and can work with Forge TV, your PC, your Android phone or tablet. It also has the ability to remember up to four unique device pairings to avoid the worries about multiple controllers and settings.
Razer Forge TV
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, quad-core Krait 450 CPU, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage
- Bluetooth 4.1 + HS, Wireless 802.11ac 2X2, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 output
- 4.1 in. (105 mm) Width x 4.1 in. (105 mm) Depth x 0.7 in. (17 mm) Height
- OS: Android TV
- Supports up to four controllers
- Google Cast Ready
- Voice search via Remote App