The Razer Forge TV is a new Android TV micro console with great Razer gaming accessories, the ability to play Android games and the ability to stream games from a high-end gaming PC to your living room.
The new Razer Forge TV is just $99 and it fits in your home entertainment center to bring gaming to your HDTV without the need for an expensive HTPC or second gaming PC.
Razer is well-known in the gaming community for accessories and peripherals, and to make the small Android TV console more appealing to gamers there are two official Bluetooth accessories– a controller and a lap keyboard with a special mousepad.
Google announced Android TV in mid 2014, but Razer wanted to wait and develop something special to run this platform, and that’s the Razer Forge TV. Quad-core processing delivers the power to play high-end Android games and there is wireless and wired networking plus 16GB of storage in a small and silent box. You can download games from Google Play with support for up to four players. Users can also watch videos using apps from Google Play like YouTube, Hulu, Crackle, YouTube and others.
The Razer Serval is a console-like Bluetooth controller designed by the same team behind the Razer Sabertooth Xbox controller. There are four action buttons, two thumb sticks, triggers and bumper buttons. This controller pairs to the Forge TV and allows users to play Android TV games and there is a phone clip to attach an Android phone and play mobile games with the controller. The controller can remember up to four devices so you can pair it to the Forge TV, mobile phone, tablet and PC.
The Forge TV will also allow users to play PC games on the living room big screen without relocating the Gaming PC. Razer feels the Forge TV, Razer Cortex: Stream and the Razer Turret will solve the hassles of playing PC games on a big HDTV.
In Spring 2015 Razer Cortex: Stream will go into beta to deliver ultra-low latency gaming at up to Full HD over WiFi or Ethernet. Unlike some solutions, you don’t need a special mix of hardware for this to work. The Razer Cortex: Stream is compatible with Directx9 and higher games from any publisher.
Playing PC games in the living room is a challenge, but the Razer Turret aims to solve this problem. This is a wireless gaming mouse and lapboard designed to make it easier to enjoy the traditional keyboard and mouse controls of PC games that are streamed to the living room. The Razer Turret offers a fully anti-ghosted gaming keyboard with Bluetooth and wireless 2.4GHz connectivity to the Forge TV. There is an area for a 3,500 DPI mouse that is ambidextrous. The mouse stays on the mousepad thanks to magnets, but users can easily move it to play. When not in use the Turret charges on an included charging dock.
For controlling the Razer Forge TV owners can use iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook Windows and More. The Forge TV supports Google Cast to send movies from an iPhone, iPad, Android or computer running Chrome to the HDTV.
The Razer Forge TV is $99 and there is a Serval Controller bundle for $149. The Razer Turret Lapboard is $39 the Serval controller alone is $79. Razer Cortex: Stream is free with the purchase of these items. the Razer Forge TV release date is in Q1 2015 as well as the controller. The Razer Turret release date is Q2 2015.
Razer Forge TV Specs
- 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