Razer Forge TV is a $100 game console running Android TV
Gaming company Razer offers gaming PCs, accessories, and tablets. Now the company is launching its own game console for the living room.
The Razer Forge TV is a small box with the guts of a high-end Android smartphone which is designed to bring Android games to your TV. Not interested in playing Android games on a big screen? There’s also an app called Razer Cortex Stream on the way. It’ll let you stream PC games from your computer to your TV through the Forge TV.
The Razer Forge TV should launch in the first quarter of 2015 with a starting price of $100. A beta release of the Cortex Stream app will be available in the second quarter of 2015 for $40.
Razer’s micro-console runs software based on Google’s Android TV. That means in addition to gaming, you can use it to stream music, movies, and other content from services such as YouTube, Google Play, Hulu Plus and Netflix. It also supports Google Cast, letting you select content on your phone, tablet, or PC and send it to your TV through the Forge.
Razer Forge TV specifications:
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core Krait 450 CPU @ 2.5GHz per with Adreno 420 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB
- Video Ouput – HDMI 1.4 output
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless 802.11ac 2X2, Bluetooth 4.1 + HS
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
- Power – N/A
- Dimensions – 105mm X 105mm X 17mm
The console supports up to 4 wireless game controllers, as well as voice search via a mobile app. You can also use the device to stream music, movies, and other content from YouTube, Google Play, Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc.. since it runs Android TV. It can stream games via Cortex Stream., but it also supports Google Cast to stream media files from other Android devices.
Razer will sell the Forge TV itself for $100, but if you want a game controller you can get the box and the Razer Serval Bluetooth game controller for $150. The controller is also available separately for $80, while the new Razer Turret wireless gaming keyboard and mouse sells for $130 and is designed to let you play PC games on the couch when you’re using the Cortex Stream service.
For more details, visit Razer Forge TV product page.