Razer's powerful gaming tablet could challenge PS Vita, console dominance

Razer’s latest concept idea is a 10.1-inch gaming tablet with bundled Hydra-style controllers and the performance of PC gaming.

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MrBeatdown4476d ago (Edited 4476d ago )

"Razer stressed that the tablet is only a prototype at this stage, but hopes to have a tablet based on the Project Fiona concept available on the market in Q4 for the rather hefty cost of $1,000."

I think I'd rather put that money towards a Vita. And a PS4. And the next Xbox. All of which combined would probably wouldn't cost much more than that tablet.

buddymagoo4475d ago (Edited 4475d ago )

Don't forget dual thumb sticks. We have wanted them for so long on a portable device and now we have them we are going to be so quick to just dismiss them?

nveenio4474d ago

Vita has dual thumbsticks...I don't think anyone is dismissing them...not even Sony this time around.

disturbing_flame4474d ago

For a tablet yes people wanted them for a long time.

PS Vita have already those dual sticks and is 5 times cheaper.

This tablet can compete with Vita. But it shows actually that the Vita has a very fair price.

OpenGL4474d ago

@ disturbing_flame

The actual Vita hardware isn't really that overpriced, but the proprietary media is.

Regardless, this comparison is silly as the Vita is using an ARM SoC while the Razer "tablet" is using a Core i7(likely a 17W variation like the 2677M) with some sort of low-power dedicated AMD or Nvidia GPU.

disturbing_flame4474d ago

I don't think it's so silly.

PS Vita is offering a real and hardcore experience with decent specs.

I think it's reliable to compare those experiences when both of them are meant to satisfy gamers who want to play games everywhere.

In terms of experience and flexibility, PS Vita looks like a really interesting device with this implementation of crossplatform online play with PS3.

It's a very interesting and fresh way to play games and actually an inovation that medias don't talk so much about.

So no it's not silly, when you can play Fifa 12 or Wipeout on your Vita, you experience a trully decent experience for a very reasonable price.
I think by the past Sony did not always done things right, this time it seems very different for me.

Very interesting device, and trully competitive in terms of prices, power with a large catalog of games.

This tablet looks really nice, i don't say it isn't. Just that i feel that the Vita is actually fiting the market with sense.

OpenGL4474d ago

@ disturbing_flame

I'm not bashing the Vita, it's a pretty powerful and compelling device at $250. I'm saying it's a silly comparison because it's a $250 device running a SoC that uses at most 1-1.5W of power. The Razer tablet's CPU alone uses around 17W of power, and the GPU will probably be another 15-20W.

This is like comparing an iPhone to a Macbook Pro.

sikbeta4474d ago

Holy s***! I rather take that money and wait for next consoles... and then some people say Vita is overpriced lol

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GribbleGrunger4475d ago

why is that when i read headlines like this i can't help but automatically inserting ('we hope') into them.

gamingdroid4475d ago

I agree... I would buy a PS4, next Xbox and Wii U first....

NellyNel_7_1_34474d ago

That is what Im doing right now and that is saving all my money up to buy those systems!

Rainstorm814475d ago (Edited 4475d ago )

First its all doom and gloom for the Vita and consoles lately, Now its biggest challenge is a 1000$ "gaming" tablet with all the bells and whistles except dual analogs. And yet 600$ was too much for the PS3, for this price id just get a gaming PC

Yea the LULz continue....thanks gaming journalism always good for a laugh

hellvaguy4475d ago

A gaming PC and a portable device. Ya not really in the same categories. Its like comparing an airplane to a car.

kneon4474d ago

But this tablet isn't really all that portable either. I can't see people lugging this around and using it on the subway, it's just too big. And if I'm at home I'd rather use a console or PC for gaming.

This product fills a non-existent niche, and one that doesn't need filling.

Garrison4474d ago

One of the funny things about the $600 price tag was that it was declared as being too much by a bunch of well paid journalists who will get to play the system for free actually in like 2 seconds after the announcement.

Shadow04475d ago

It would be a really cool device if it didn't cost so much...

MasterCornholio4475d ago (Edited 4475d ago )

Not to mention that in order to use the device as a decent portable gaming one you have to use those controls. Which as seen in the picture makes it incredibly bulky to carry around. Fanboys complain about the size if the Vita (see IGNs review in YouTube) but this tablet plus the controls make it seem tiny in compraison.


SilentNegotiator4475d ago (Edited 4475d ago )

At $1000, you could get a decent gaming laptop.

vortis4474d ago

You could get a high-end gaming laptop from eBay.

You can two gaming PCs that play all the latest games on the highest settings for that price with two cheap monitors and a couple of Xbox 360 controllers. You could literally have your own PC multiplayer setup for $1,000...

Razer is kind of crazy like that.

Thatguy-3104475d ago (Edited 4475d ago )

Let's break this down.
Against vita: Not a chance. The power might be there but its not portable what so ever. Looks pretty bulky and if the finish product is thinner still won't make a difference because the size will still be big due to the screen.

Against consoles: The screen just isn't big enough to have the immersed experience that the consoles have with let's say a 55inch. In serious note I doubt consoles will die off because of how much they are capable of doing now a days (Netflix,hulu, etc.). Especially with new technology improving there life cycles and forming new ways of interaction (kinect/ps move & Wii)

CES 2012 showed a lot of technology that could be implemented into the next gen so I can't wait to see what Microsoft and Sony will come out with this time. It's mind blowing on how much gaming has change in just 15 yrs.

farhad2k84475d ago

No thanks, I'd rather walk around with a sleek looking VITA than walk around with a star trek steering wheel.

hazardman4474d ago

I agreed cause I would not buy a tablet for $1000, thats crazy. But PS Vita alone is gonna cost you around or over $500 after games and memory. Same goes for any launch console. I paid $750 for Xbox 360/ almost $900 for PS3 at launch. That includes games and extra controllers. I don't know about you but when I purchase a gaming console I need everything. The only thing keeping me away from Vita are the memory prices. Way to steep. Anyway good gaming man...

JayD-1K4474d ago

I'm sorry but, where do you live at? You must be converting your countries currency into U.S. Dollars!?

hazardman4474d ago

Yes I live in US. I don't know why all the disagrees. PS Vita $299+taxes for 3g, thats not including extra memory, games or any other accessories. People on this site love to disagree..FYL!!

SephirothX214474d ago

Yeah but that tablet will probably be more powerful than the PS4 and next xbox. My high-end computer will laugh at next gen as it is. Wait until I add a second GTX 580! Though still I have to wait until those consoles release for developers to take full advantage of my pc's hardware.