Razer has unveiled its Edge portable gaming console. The novelty is built on the Qualcomm platform and runs on Android. It is intended primarily for use with streaming (cloud) gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming or NVIDIA GeForce Now.
The Razer Edge features a 6.8-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) OLED touchscreen display with a 144Hz refresh rate. And the console itself is more like a small tablet or a large smartphone – unlike other portable consoles, there are no controls on the sides of the screen. Instead, the Razer Kishi V2 mobile controller comes with the console , which provides the user with all the usual controls: sticks, D-pad, triggers and buttons.
The Edge is based on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 single-chip platform, developed by Qualcomm specifically for portable game consoles. Its characteristics are unknown, with the exception of the maximum frequency – 3 GHz. Complementing the chip are 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of flash memory. Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E are supported. Razer will also release a 5G version of the console.
The Razer Edge received a 5000 mAh battery, but the battery life was not announced. There is also a front camera for streaming or video calls. The Edge will come with pre-installed applications Xbox Cloud Gaming, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Epic Games Store and will support other services such as Steam Link.
The standard Wi-Fi-only version of the Razer Edge will go on sale in January for $399. The cost of the 5G version of the novelty has not yet been reported, except that in the US it will work exclusively on Verizon networks.