Razer, which is widely known for creating PC hardware (keyboard and mouse variations alongside other hardware) is stepping foot into an entirely new playing field. You might be wondering what else a computer parts developing company could possibly venture into at this day an age and not have competition? Wonder no more. Razer announced earlier this week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES2015) that they will be providing their own device for streaming media. The Forge TV will be powered by the Android operating system and provide a plethora of features that some gamers are definitely going to love. Forge TV will be sold for $99 for the device alone, $149 for a Serval Bluetooth Controller bundle or a more normal feel with the Turret Lapboard keyboard and mouse bundle for $129.
What's so special about this device though? What's setting it apart from other popular media streaming devices just like it? That's an easy question to answer: The Razer Cortex: Stream App is what makes this device oh so special. This is definitely going to intrigue the PC Gamers out there but maybe not so much the Average Joe. With the streaming app (which is included with all Forge TV's for free or $39 separately), you can connect to your gaming PC via the Razer Cortex game launcher and stream your game directly to your Forge TV. You read that correctly, yes. You can pretty much game anywhere inside of your home via this unique feature. Razer says that "the Razer Cortex: Stream app connects to the PC game launcher Razer Cortex and allows for one-click hardcore PC game streaming to any Android TV micro-console". Now remember, you can use either the Serval controller or the Turret Lapboard to play your games and use the device.
(Images from Polygon)Now let's get into some specifics, shall we? The Turret Lapboard features a wireless keyboard and 3500 DPI laser mouse; connecting via "dual wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 LE or Wireless 2.4 Ghz." The right end of the keyboard folds out to hold the mouse while in use, and folds in when you need to charge it. The design entails for it to placed directly on your lap. However, you might find it a bit hard to keep the mouse from falling off sometimes. The Turret Lapboard will be available later this year. As for the Serval Controller according to Razer it's "built with the same precision and ergonomics as Razer’s award-winning console controllers." The controller can be used across four devices (remembers 4 pairings) and has a game clip for your phone and the good old Home and Back buttons for the Android OS. Last but not least, the Forge TV will ship with the following hardware, but it's probably safe to say, if all goes well, the device may see some upgrades in the future:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
- Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU - 2.5 GHz per core
- Adreno 420 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB storage
- Bluetooth 4.1 + HS
- Wireless 802.11ac 2X2
- Gigabit Ethernet
- USB 3.0
- HDMI 1.4 output
- DC Power
- 4.1 in. (105 mm) Width x 4.1 in. (105 mm) Depth x 0.7 in. (17 mm) Height