Razer is a company that has built its brand on gaming peripherals and other devices over the years, but recently it has expanded its scope to include an Android TV-powered set-top box, too.
The company has recently divulged several key details about the upcoming box, too, by way of the Consumer Electronics Show happening in Las Vegas, Nevada. First and foremost, Razer has confirmed that the device will launch at some point within the first quarter of 2015, but an exact date has not been penciled in just yet. Within the set-top box is Android TV, but as usual Razer still has a strong focus on gaming.
While the box will be able to play the Android-based games that any Android TV can play, the Forge TV will also be able to stream PC titles straight from a computer connected to the same Wi-Fi network, too, which opens up the library of titles quite a bit.
The specs list for the Forge TV are as follows: a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 420 GPU and 16GB of built-in storage. It will offer Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 4.1, a USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. Razer says that up to a total of four Bluetooth-equipped controllers can be connected to the Forge TV at once.
Worth noting is that while the Forge TV will launch in the first quarter of 2015, the ability to stream PC games to the set-top box will not become available until sometime in the second quarter, when Razer will release Razer Cortex: Stream software.
As far as pricing goes, the Forge TV will cost $99.99 by itself, while there will also be a bundled version that offers a Razer Serval Bluetooth controller for $149.99. There’s also the Razer Turret, which will cost $129.99, that offers a full Bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo, which Razer says can be used on the lap without any issues.
What do you think of the Forge TV?