CES 2015: Razer announces a new micro-console called the Forge TV, Serval controller, and Turret lapboard

By GamingNexus On 6 Jan, 2015 At 12:00 PM | Categorized As Gaming Industry News | With 0 Comment

A few companies have released micro-consoles in the past and today, Razer is jumping into the game. They have announced the Razer Forge TV and it’s set to offer gaming through Android and PC streaming.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which is the same processor in the very powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Forge TV will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop and house 2GB of ram and 16GB of storage. All the wireless connectivity options will be there as well.

You’ll be able to access the Google Play store and play all the games on a big screen with up to four controllers connected. 

But the Forge TV isn’t just for Android games. You’ll be able to use Razer’s new Cortex Stream option to leverage your PC and stream any game to the Forge TV unit. I’ve actually done this a lot with my phone and a software program called Limelight, and it runs really well on my Note 4. Razer is touting their Cortex Stream option as being able to handle streaming games better wirelessly and it is hardware agnostic. With Limelight, you are limited to NVIDIA graphics cards. Cortex Stream can work with AMD solutions as well.

Razer is also looking to bring with the Forge TV a Bluetooth controller. It’s modeled very similarly to their Sabertooth controller, minus the big Xbox 360 button of course. It’s called the Razer Serval and as mentioned earlier, you can pair up to four of these with the Forge TV. There’s even a clip if you want to use the Serval with your phone. Not only does it work via Bluetooth, but it can worked plugged in with a USB cable. 

But what about games you stream that need a mouse and keyboard? No problem as Razer has you covered. Their new Razer Turret is a wireless backlit keyboard and mouse setup that you can use on your lap. It has booth Bluetooth connecting capabilities or you can use the included 2.4Ghz adapter as well. It folds up nicely and can be put in a very stylish looking dock. The Turret looks to be a great solution for those that game on the couch and need a keyboard and mouse setup.

All of these new products are due sometime in Q1 of 2015. The Forge TV will retail for $99 or $149.99 will net you the Forge TV as well a a Serval controller. The Razer Turret will be $129.99 when it’s released.



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