Home Gaming Razer jumps on the microconsole bandwagon

Razer jumps on the microconsole bandwagon

1 min read
68

Razermicro

Ouya kickstarted a micro-console revolution with its little Android-powered console, giving people the opportunity to play the same games they’re playing on the smartphones on their TV’s. For some reason, Android micro-consoles just haven’t quite caught on, but every second hardware manufacturer believes that they’ll do it right; theirs will be the one that sets the world ablaze. The latest to jump on that bandwagon is Razer.

People seem insistent on making these things in the hopes that someday, somebody will want one. The difference, I suppose, with Razer’s offering is that it’s being developed in conjunction with Google as part of the internet giant’s new Android TV platform.

Google unveiled its new Android TV platform at its Google I/O conference yesterday. Working very much like Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and other such entertainment devices like the Roku, Android TV will allow Google to beam all sorts of entertainment directly to your connected TVs.

Razer’s android micro-console – which has a focus on hardcore games – has yet to be named, or even fully specced. We have no idea what hardware it’ll be packing, but it’s safe to say it’ll likely include Nvidia’s Tegra as its primary GPU.

It’ll be one of the first new Android TV devices, bringing gamers “movies, music and other apps” in addition to the games they crave. Next year, TV’s with Android TV support built right in will be coming from multiple manufacturers, in conjunction with external set-top boxes much like Razer’s new unit, which will likely have some ludicrously edgy name.

Last Updated: June 26, 2014

68 Comments

  1. Unavengedavo

    June 26, 2014 at 12:03

    Does the herald the return of the “TV games”

    Reply

    • FoxOneZA

      June 26, 2014 at 14:25

      LOL.. that casual market being tapped again 😉

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 26, 2014 at 12:04

    … yay?

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    June 26, 2014 at 12:04

    But can it play….. AAAAAHHH Shut the hell up!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 26, 2014 at 12:05

      Hahaha

      Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 26, 2014 at 12:30

      Crysis?

      Reply

  4. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 26, 2014 at 12:05

    Wouldn’t mind streaming the Steam games across to it

    Reply

  5. Kensei Seraph

    June 26, 2014 at 12:07

    “Android micro-consoles just haven’t quite caught eon”
    Who or what is eon and why are Android micro-consoles trying to catch it?

    “The difference, I suppose, with Razer’s offering is that it’ll being
    developed in conjunction with Google as part of the internet giant’s new
    Android TV platform.”
    I had to read this twice to figure out what was bugging me.
    The tenses in “it’ll being” contradict.

    I propose that the new intern be made to proof all LG articles and for each mistake they go a day without food or water.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 26, 2014 at 12:08

      I already asked them to give me access to FIX THE DAMN LINGUISTIC ISSUES

      Reply

      • Rince&Shitity

        June 26, 2014 at 12:09

        HAHAHAH! Good luck with that 🙂

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 26, 2014 at 12:09

          Heh, I wouldn’t even give me access. Look at what I’m doing to an unsecured internet HP printer….

          Reply

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 26, 2014 at 12:10

            My thoughts exactly! HAHA!

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:11

            I actually thought of setting up proper security for them, and then printing out the settings for them

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 26, 2014 at 12:12

            but first print:

            ALL YOUR PRINTERS ARE BELONG TO US!!!!!!!

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:15

            Huehuehue

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 26, 2014 at 12:16

            And biggest font possible for a single page:

            HAI

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:17

            Sold.

            HAI HAI HAI all over the page

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 26, 2014 at 12:14

            Print “Your computer may not be able to see your printer, but I can” 0-O

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:15

            OOOOOO, nice one!

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:19

            “You are unable to view you printer as your account does not have available funds.
            Please make use of our micro-transaction service to purchase additional funds.
            – Regards EA.”

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:21

            Hahahaha, evil

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:24

            Alternatively:
            “Connection Error.
            Please contact Microsoft support.
            Error 0X80004800”

            And yes that is a real Microsoft error code.

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 26, 2014 at 12:34

            Please go to http://www.meatspin.com for latest drivers

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:38

            Pure evil. 😀

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:40

            Oh snap

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 26, 2014 at 12:28

            DING DING DING

    • Rince&Shitity

      June 26, 2014 at 12:09

      Intern starts having not eaten or drunk for a month already?

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        June 26, 2014 at 12:12

        Nah, we need them to have some form of higher cognizance.

        Also, in reality, they’d be dead after a weak without water.

        Reply

        • Rince&Shitity

          June 26, 2014 at 12:13

          I was running on the assumption that the intern would be made from some form of rock to deal with the abuse it will receive.

          Reply

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:15

            I doubt a Lanius would apply for this position.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:16

            +1 for epic reference

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 26, 2014 at 12:28

            On LG’s budget, they would have been lucky to hire a gnome…

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:31

            Gnomes are expensive!

            Smart, hard-working, and natural merchants.
            Gavin would be lucky if at the end of the interview the gnome wasn’t the new owner of LG.

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 26, 2014 at 12:33

            HAHAHAHAHA Edit: What, and take over the responsibilities of the lawsuits? 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 26, 2014 at 12:24

            Good idea for a game: Sim Intern.

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 26, 2014 at 12:28

            Haha 🙂 Check email…

  6. Rince&Shitity

    June 26, 2014 at 12:08

  7. Kensei Seraph

    June 26, 2014 at 12:08

    Movies, music and other apps including games?
    So it’s aiming at competing with the Xbone?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 26, 2014 at 12:09

      Oh snap!

      Reply

  8. TiMsTeR1033

    June 26, 2014 at 12:14

    Ah seriously, Razer must rather stick to mousses and keyboards. People aint got time for this shit. Well I certainly don’t! Peace *drops mic*

    Reply

    • Rince&Shitity

      June 26, 2014 at 12:15

      Booo, come back!

      Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      June 26, 2014 at 12:16

      What about their selection of mics and headphones?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 12:16

        Dude, that 7.1 headphones are pure gamer porn!

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          June 26, 2014 at 12:18

          Cheap and screeching YES! YES! every two seconds?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 12:19

            Hahaha, well played.

            OK those 7.1 headphones are pure audio/gamer bliss?

          • Dutch Matrix

            June 26, 2014 at 12:23

            Maybe, but for the price you pay for Razer tech you kind of WISH they would send a porn star of your choice to deliver the uhm… goods you ordered?

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 26, 2014 at 12:25

            So you want the 7.1 headphones to be delivered by another set of 7.1 headphones?

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 26, 2014 at 12:27

            Mailed Razor they are sending one over to your house right now

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 26, 2014 at 12:16

      Mousses nogal?

      😛

      Reply

    • Weanerdog

      June 26, 2014 at 12:56

      They do make a nice mouse pad too. And that laptop of theirs looks pretty decent if somewhat pricey.

      Reply

  9. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 26, 2014 at 12:26

    *sigh*

    Ok. Let me talk some sense. Brace yourselves.

    Mobile games are popular because they are mobile. You can play them on the train, on the loo, while your watching TV, while on lunch at work etc.

    Now the reason these consoles that can play all these “craved” mobile games is a crap idea is because they aren’t mobile and require you to sit in front of your TV.

    This is not the same as playing the game on your phone while watching TV because what’s on TV is usually some form of series. Now you want to make the TV screen the game and remove the background noise TV programs from the equation? Not going to work. How about on the loo? You can’t cart your TV in there every time you want to go for a killer session of Candy Crush or Angry birds.

    Yes sure, you want to integrate Google TV. Great. It’s a start. But calling it a “gaming focused” platform is just going to make you fail because no one wants to play mobile games on a stationary object. It defeats the purpose of gaming. If people want to game on a TV they expect high end visuals with AAA quality games. AKA: Playstation, XBox or a PC connected to said TV.

    Stop flogging a dead horse. You want this to work Razer? Market it as a Google TV set-top box with the cabability to access the play store and all its apps IF one so chooses. But don’t make the device with the idea of gaming behind it because it’s stupid.

    /Rant

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 26, 2014 at 12:33

      Lost me at “let me talk some sense”

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 26, 2014 at 12:39

        I was expecting a TL;DR from you

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 26, 2014 at 12:40

          Too cliche

          Reply

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 26, 2014 at 13:31

            lol

    • Rags

      June 26, 2014 at 13:18

      You do realise this runs UE4? 🙂

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 26, 2014 at 13:31

        For sure. But it’s aimed at mobile gaming none-the less

        Reply

  10. Weanerdog

    June 26, 2014 at 12:58

    What no one wanted a Ouya, why am I not surprised, I think I am going to die of being not surprised.

    Reply

  11. Rags

    June 26, 2014 at 13:03

    Those Nvidia Tegra GPU’s are freaken amazing.

    Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 26, 2014 at 13:15

      That they are; but they make these microconsoles too damned pricy. I honestly think Microsconsoles ARE the future, but we;re not at that future yet.

      Reply

      • Rags

        June 26, 2014 at 13:21

        Agree.

        Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Check Also

Razer at E3 2021 – New monitor, gaming laptops, and pandemic masks announced

E3 2021 is almost over, and in keeping with the theme of everyone getting a small press co…