Razer Announces "Console of the Future" That Streams Movies, Plays Games

"This is a console of the future," Razer CEO says about micro-console launching this fall.

Today during Google's I/O conference in San Francisco, Razer announced a new micro-console that CEO Ming-Liang Tan describes as "a console of the future."

The console is powered by Android TV--a new entertainment platform Google announced today--and will stream movies, music, and other apps. But the core focus is gaming, Razer says. Users can navigate Razer's untitled micro-console through a special mobile application that runs on any Android tablet or smartphone. There's also support for voice control.

"This is a console of the future," Tan said in a statement. "Built on Google's incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies, and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system."

"Affordable" is the closest we're going to get in terms of pricing for now, as Razer has not disclosed an official price point for the system. The team at Razer working on the micro-console is the same group behind the Razer Blade laptop line, the Razer Edge gaming tablet, and the modular PC prototype Project Christine.

There's no word yet about what's under the hood, but the device launches this fall, so we don't have all that long to wait to find out. You can see a non-final render of the console above.

Razer's Android-based micro-console follows similar offerings from Amazon with the Amazon Fire TV, as well as the Ouya system. It is one of multiple new devices in the works for Android TV. Google is also working with TV companies like Sharp, Sony, and LG, as well as Asus, for special Android TV products.

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133 comments
mack04
mack04

This doesn't look like the forza horizon link i clicked :}

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

This is a console that will be released in the future. What groundbreaking thing is it doing?

grenadehh
grenadehh

So it's a knock-off XB1 running on a bad (Android) OS, using XB1 gimmicks (SmartGlass), trying to do what XB1 does which is be an all in one media device, but made by an incredibly bad company notorious for horrible products - so self-acclaimed hardcore gamers will worship it. Razer sucks, sorry, end of story.


Not to mention it's a microconsole so there's no point in wasting money to make this. No one wants it.

Albaficas
Albaficas

@grenadehh lol if its a knock off the xcrap1 then i fee lsry for them cause the xcrap 1 is petty bad too



metallinatus
metallinatus

@grenadehh "made by an incredibly bad company notorious for horrible products"

You totally described the Xbox there.

itz_sinz
itz_sinz

Meh, lost me at Android.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

The only way this will succeed is if they can get the price to $500 and outperform the X1 and PS4 substantially. Also offer a massive discount if gamers trade in their consoles for it.

deltron77
deltron77

@steve_esquire im not 100%, but i think its a little set top box. a micro-console on par with amazon fire tv, apple tv, android tv, playstation tv, etc. not an actual console.

themc_7
themc_7

why is it that when microsoft releases a console that "does it all" everyone hates it. Razor does the same and it's labelled "The console of the future"

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

I don't think he read a word of the article.

themc_7
themc_7

play sh*tty mobile games in the comfort of your own home!

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

They said nothing about mobile games. They said the OS can be controlled through an app like Smartglass.

themc_7
themc_7

@steve_esquire you're right. After re-reading I see that.
but when they say this: "Razer's Android-based micro-console follows similar offerings from Amazon with the Amazon Fire TV, as well as the Ouya system" I can't imagine there's much under the hood. This probably won't be running anything AAA

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

But doesn't my PS3 does that already?Wasn't that a past console?Why are the same features futuristic?

Merseyak
Merseyak

the internet connections are no where near that good and wont be for a long time its a fail just talking about this yet lol

mr_nee
mr_nee

If gaming is going into streaming direction, why not? Though I'm not sure the infrastructure is ready for that.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

if they keep this up, the market will once again become over-saturated. i thought the industry learned its lesson from the game market crash of 84 (or was it 83? cant remember right off the top of my head) but apparently not. greed often leads to poor decisions and everybody (especially gamers) get hurt in the process.

Firosen
Firosen

The market's going to be saturated with devices like this, just like all those Pong clone machines in the 70's.  PlayStation TV is the only one I'm remotely interested in, and even with the a huge back catalogue of games, I'm still on the fence about getting one when it comes out (I already have access to all of them on my PS3 and PS Vita - why get another device?).  What's the point of another one of these devices if it's only going to play Android market games?

metallinatus
metallinatus

People that don't believe in the success of an Android console need to watch that Unreal Engine 4 demo running on Android with Nvidea K1....

TheDesertDragon
TheDesertDragon

@metallinatus Those who believe in the success of an Android console needs to look at Ouya.

It doesn't matter if you have a 3x GTX Titan Black in that thing. If it can't play the games to match, it won't succeed. Running Android, it won't.


However, if it was running SteamOS, it could. Sure, SteamOS isn't Windows in terms of gaming, but it does compare favourably to the XBox One already, and it has around 1,400,000 users before the console is even released.

IJONOI
IJONOI

@metallinatus Just watched it. Ok it;s good for mobile, but it doesn't compete with Desktop. Particle effects are minimal and the textures aren't as detailed. When we see the full capabilities of the new chips it'll blow this away.  

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

My guess it's the first of many cloud based consoles, hence why it doesn't need powerful specs and can be 'affordable'. It just requires a really fast and reliable internet connection.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@metallinatus @Tangsta03 I'm sure that will change once cloud gaming hits it big. A small device is not ideal for traditional type gaming where top end specs and a large HDD is required.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

As a PC gamer, of course I prefer the PC for all the advantages, but I can *see* why someone would want to buy a PS4 etc. but why on earth someone would want to buy something like this is beyond me.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Clearly these guys don't know what makes a good console. I'm more interested in their modular pc. 

lilflipp
lilflipp

Consoles of the future. Sounds like an oxymoron.

Vexov
Vexov

I haven't been happy with Razor products. It already sounds like they're making the same mistake a Xbox did, Razor needs to make it purely a gaming console(Well, it doesn't matter what they do, its a pointless box to own). "Console of the future" good luck with that.


I bet it ends up more powerful and more room then the Wii-U

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

Damn it! If I had known this was coming, I would never have bought my xbox one and ps4. How are those systems supposed to compete with this now. Looks like the game is over for microsoft and sony.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Razer's definition of affordable is usually on the high side. My guess is a $149.99 price point.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

It's still a console though. I'm guessing $300-$500

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@steve_esquire you didn't read the article did you? It's an android based micro console like ouya $149.99 is nearly max for one of those.

mkdewidar
mkdewidar

Ok so this has totally proven the fact that the game industry will crash once again; lots of "consoles" being released, budgets skyrocketing into that of small countries, and let's not forget the fact they all fail.

And that's not considering the mobile and casual market which I totally hate for reasons which I personally can't point out.

I actually wish the crash happens, cause then the industry will be cleansed, that's when Next gen truly starts.

CruorComa
CruorComa

What demographic are these Android based consoles aimed at? Casual gamers are more than happy playing on their phones or low end PC's. Hardcore gamers desire more from their games than what an android devices can supply and will stick to with consoles or mid low-mid end PC's. Then the hardcore gamers who want the most out of their gaming experiences have absolutely no use of an android device and will stick with mid-high end PC's. Who are these devices supposed to be for?

vackillers
vackillers

Can always do with more new technology so this is kool.


Biggest concern is price! considering how overly expensive some of razors products over like their laptops, is it ever going to be worth it?

DevilPhoenix
DevilPhoenix

Gratz Razer on creating the future. 


>_>

<_<

can I laugh now?

carlos707
carlos707

The market for this type of media center is already so overcrowded.  Also, this seems like such a budget item, will it appeal to Razer fans?

jurk182
jurk182

AN ANDROID CONSOLE THAT PLAYS ANDROID PHONE GAMES AND STREAMS MOVIES? TRULY I HAVE AWOKEN A THOUSAND YEARS INTO THE FUTURE! THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR THIS RADICAL ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY.

virtuasega
virtuasega

Another failed "console", wby even try this crap?

Caanimal
Caanimal

Sooo where do I put my game disc in? Oh wait, this is just another box that calls itself a "console" to try and fool people into thinking it's something more than just a gimmick. It also streams movies, hmm how many boxes do I have that already do that? Ps4, ps3, pc, phone, tablet, oh and my smart tv...

I'll pass.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Until a CONSOLE (not PC ) surpasses the PS4, not interested.

Till then, I'm fine with what I have...