Since Razer has opted to sell controller-less retail versions for $99, Amazon’s $149.99 listing bundles the device alongside the new Android-optimized Serval controller. The controllers normally retail at $79 so you’re actually saving money going this route.
The Forge TV is scheduled to release May 1, 2015.
Here’s what the device has under the hood:
- CPU: 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 (quad-core)
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, wireless 802.11ac, gigabit Ethernet
- Ports: HDMI 1.4 output, USB 3.0, DC Power
- OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Forging a New Path
Micro-consoles have started crowding the hardware market over the last year or so, and they ultimately aim to deliver a console gaming experience without the premium console price. We’ve seen devices like the MadCatz Mojo, the Gamestick
Tapping the versatility of Android has been the key, as the OS not only games via Google Play but a wealth of multimedia and entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go.
With just about every major player throwing their hat into the ring of Android set-top boxes, it’s not so surprising to see Razer jump in as well.
With so many options on the market, Razer plans to woo gamers with an attractive performance versus value ratio.
As far as performance and functionality goes the Forge TV beats out competitors like the Ouya, which retails for the same price, and delivers a fractured games marketplace compared to the huge open-ended Google Play store.
How well it’ll fair against the big contenders like Valve and Nvidia remains to be seen. That being said the Forge TV is $50 cheaper than the Shield Console, and since gamers already own PC’s, picking up a higher performance micro-console is a bit redundant.
The Serval controller is basically a refined Sabertooth controller that can duo as a Moga controller. It can be paired to four different devices including PCs, tablets, mobile phones and the Forge TV, making it a versatile and flexible solution.
You can also hook up four Serval controllers up to the micro-console, making for some epic couch co-op sessions.
Razer even has a stylish “Turret” keyboard and mouse combo that’s designed for use in your living room, which is a pretty great idea.
Cortex is Razer’s answer to Steam Link, and represents a major ecosystem that will unify Razer’s array of gaming hardware.
Using Cortex you’ll be able to stream games from your centralized PC to the Forge TV via LAN connectivity. It’s a lot like the PS4’s Remote Play function only with PC games.
No release date has been finalized for the PC-to-mobile games streaming service, but Razer has targeted a Q2 2015 release window.
Until then it’s just another middle-grade set-top box in a sea of Android micro-consoles.
Via: Talk Android