Razer Unveils Cloud Compatible Gaming Controller, Compact Gaming Desktop and More
Razer showed off the Razer Kishi controller, Sila 5G Home Router, an Eracing Simulator concept and the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop at CES 2020.
As CES 2020 is currently taking place, a variety of tech companies are showcasing their latest and upcoming products. One such hardware manufacturer is Razer, who had quite a bit of gaming-related tech to show off at CES this year. This includes cloud-compatible controllers for mobile devices called Razer Kishi, a 5G home router, a racing simulator and the compact Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop.
Starting with Razer Kishi, the pair of controllers makes a phone look like a Nintendo Switch and is poised to be compatible with “most” iOS and Android phones. Via a USB-C or Apple Lighting connection, the Kishi are able to have low latency and are compatible with cloud-based games and services in addition to ones natively installed on a phone. Razer expects to release these controllers sometime in early 2020.
While Google Stadia’s compatibility immediately comes to mind, Razer’s Head of Mobile Gaming Jason Schwartz was more keen to bring up Razer’s partnership with Nvidia GeForce NOW. “Razer is excited to strengthen its collaboration with NVIDIA by joining their GeForce NOW Recommended program.GeForce NOW is PC gaming in the cloud, transforming underpowered or incompatible hardware into a powerful GeForce gaming PC. Razer mobile gaming controllers are perfect complementary devices to enhance this type of gameplay.”
The Sila 5G Home Router Razer is producing seems more tangental to gaming, though the company claims that it has been “tailored for gamers to offer ultra-low latency during both stationary and mobile gameplay, featuring Razer’s proprietary FasTrack engine.” It lets people choose the hardware or cloud service they want to prioritize, so it should increase the quality-of-life on playing from everything from a PS4 to GeForceNow.
The Eracing Simulator concept is something that is less likely to make it into your household but was created in tandem with several other companies to show where competitive eracing can go. It features a 202-degree projection system, a hydraulic platform, a steering wheel, a paddle shift and manual controls. This technology has no firm release in mind, but Razer plans to still refine it after CES.
Finally, the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is being shown off. The desktop is surprisingly small and compact, so it will be interesting to compare its size to that of the Xbox Series X. Razer says the desktop will feature “an Intel Core-i9 processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics” with upgradable RAM, SSD modules, and GPUs. No price was given, but Razer plans on releasing it in the first half of 2020 and will even sell just the case for those who want to build their own machine.
New Razer Blade laptops were also teased, with Razer claiming they will be improved to support next-gen games. It was certainly an eventful CES for the gaming side of Razer. What was your favorite thing they showed off? Let us know below!