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Razer cuts into the Android console business

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Razer continues to broaden its horizons in new areas, and Wednesday (6/25) formally announced plans for an Android-TV powered micro-console that will stream movies, music, and run apps—with a focus on games, of course—on your TV.

The Razer micro-console is scheduled to be released this fall. Tech specifications have yet to be announced, but you can probably plan on the best set of tech specs available in the micro-console world. As a premier provider of gaming mice, keyboards, and other peripherals, we assuredly expect connectors (USB) for them so you can use them with the Razer micro-console—potentially turning it into a productivity/Web surfing platform for the big (big) screen, much like the Mad Catz MOJO.

Razer’s micro-console can be navigated through a mobile application you run on your smartphone—much like Roku devices and many ‘smart’ TVs, DVD players, etc. Voice control, which is an integral part of Android TV, will also be available.

“This is a console of the future. Built on Google’s incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system.”

Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO

According to Tan, Razer’s own design team—the same team responsible for the Razer Blade laptops, Razer Edge gaming tablets, and the modular PC prototype (“project Christine”) shown at CES earlier this year—is designing the yet-to-named micro-console. (Let’s hope they name it something easy to spell and pronounce.)

The Razer micro console is slated for release Fall 2014

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