There's a new Android gaming console in town - Razer unveils its $99.99 Forge TV with SD805 inside

There's a new Android gaming console in town - Razer unveils its $99.99 Forge TV with SD805 inside

Although they're not as popular as their more powerful full-blown cousins, Android consoles certainly have a place under the sun. The OUYA is surely among the more popular ones, but we have a brand new kid on the block, and it's made by one of the big players on the market for gaming accessories - Razer. That's right, apart from gaming-centric paraphernalia, the maker has made a number of smart standalone gadgets (like the Razer Nabu smartband) and its new gaming console, the Razer Forge TV, now joins the portfolio. It allows gamers to play Android games and... even PC games (more on this below).

Powered by a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, comprising four Krait 450 cores running up to 2.5GHz when heavier games or tasks require it, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of available storage, the Forge TV surely can hold a candle to some of the more recent top-end Android phones. But we are dealing with a console here - thus, we have to continue our specs inspection of the Razer Forge TV by checking out its GPU. Naturally, it ships with a 600MHz Adreno 420 GPU, which is the usual companion of the Snapdragon 805 chipset. It will run on the sweet, sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The console will urn on Razer's proprietary Razer Cortex streaming feature, which enables you to mirror PC games straight to the console. It is said that it paves the way for low latency during the resource-hungry streaming process, which will probably stand high in most gamers' books. Razer Cortex will allow you to stream any PC game, provided that the latter relies on DirectX 9 or higher.

Apart from games, the Forge TV also allows you to cast and stream music, videos, and even Android apps straight on your TV. Android TV is also a part of the specs sheet. Its biggest highlight, however, is its ability to stream whatever PC game you might throw at it. The gadget will be out in Q1 2015. The basic version comes sans a controller and costs $99.99, while the controller-enabled one will set you back $149.99.


source: Razer via TechCrunch

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22 Comments

1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If Samsung was smart they would just turn our phones into gaming machines when connected to a TV. Just like how Gear VR turns the Note 4 into a VR console. This is one feature that should have been baked into Lollipop. Google could have just released hardware spec minimums on a yearly basis. That could have turned Google into the largest gaming platform.

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Streaming video over miracast introduces too much lag. I'm using the recommended streamer with my Nvidia shield portable there is still too much lag. Ever since they got rid of micro HDMI ports on phones it pretty much eliminated the best way to connect to a TV. Luckily the shield has a mini HDMI and I can connect a USB Xbox 360 wired controller for when I play console mode. Personally, I would take an Nvidia shield device over one of these top boxes.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is trying to grab some of Nvidias grid. Might be good for us Shield owners, as Nvidia will double their attack on getting grid mainstream. This is going to cramp some gaming OEM, but is missing one part, mobility.

3. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Been thinking the same myself

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's called HDMI via MHL, it's been there since Samsung Galaxy 3.

9. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

It's been there since galaxy s2, and if you rooted your phone you can use dualshock 3 with sixaxis controller app....now you have portable game console.

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They would overheat I bet

4. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

This looks nice :)

5. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

This is much better than Google's own offering

19. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The nexus player is using a quad core Intel processor running at 1.8ghz and its using the PowerVR 6 GPU. Its actually very fast. Plus it has Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi ac. The only thing that would have been better with the nexus player is 2gb of ram. But other then that it is very fast and stable.

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lol, android console, so you can play over 10year old pc game ports. Should've put nvidia there instead of qualcom's overhyped snapdragon garbage series. Hahaha

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Not you too Razer!!!! You are supposed to be the one who makes gears for consoles and PC gaming.... Not mobile gaming.... Mobile gaming is fun... but won't be able to compare to the big boys for a while.

11. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

but you can stream pc game to this console... so.. that's something i guess ^_^'

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I guess... But I could just plug my HDMI cable straight into my PC instead. After I left consoles for PC gaming, I can't pick up a controller again... It just doesn't feel right for me :(

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Why are you calling it mobile gaming? This is a console. It connects to a TV, it uses a controller instead of touch... it's a console with Android.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Well, when I meant by mobile gaming is when you play an Android game on that console. Just because you are playing an Android game with a controller, doesn't make it not a mobile game anymore. I think I should phrase myself better. However, I have to say it's nice you can stream most of your PC from your PC to a TV. But some people could just plug an HDMI cable right into a TV. Nevertheless, I do think the price is fair for how much this can do, that's for sure.

20. Furbal unregistered

Mobile games will be fine, once they get proper input devices. There are plenty of arpgs on the play store that could compete with POE/Diablo 3 on gameplay (and storage for more expansions), but touch interfaces suck compared to the alternatives.

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Could you recommend a good ARGPS? I would like to check it out :D

13. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

If my Xbox one controller worked on it I would consider getting this.

17. cakell09

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

STOP. STOP USING THE WORD SANS. Every article does NOT need the word sans. I honestly don't even care what the article had to say.

18. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Razer is the Apple of gaming industry, everything they make is extremely overpriced. Though their quality is lower than apple. Also the ceo of razer is an apple fan.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Razer makes top notch products. I have the Deathstalker keyboard as well as the Razer Kraken 7.1 headset, both have served me very well. This might be the android console for me to get.

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