Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post. Cheers and high fives all around.
I was reading up on the Oculus Rift last night. Basically to get my new-gadget-nerd-fun-on, and I came across a post by gamespot that Jimmy Fallon would be showing off the Rift as well as something called a Razer Edge.
The hands on video by Shaun McInnis at Gamespot really got me thinking.
At first sight, the Edge is a neat tablet that offers PC gamers a mobile option to play their games. It is a little thicker than most tablets, but it comes with Windows 8 and a ton of power (2GB Nvidia graphics and an Intel i7 chip). By this point, I am starting to pay attention. Then, Heathcliff Hatcher from Razer started showing the different ways the system could be used.
Razer showed off a hand held console adapter, a TV adapter that turned the tablet into console gaming system, and they showed a laptop keyboard accessory.
Yes that is still a tablet, and the interviewer clearly had trouble staying on task when he got to play with the laptop version. The laptop keyboard comes with an additional battery for extended battery life and an additional USB port (the tablet has one already). This is the game changer not only for how tablets are made, but the entire PC industry.
With this tablet, you no longer need a laptop or, if you hook up a larger monitor, even a desktop. With this tablet having Windows 8 and more power than most desktops, you can accomplish any task you want from productivity, to e-reader to gaming all on one device. The one area that I don’t think it will be able to take over is console gaming, there is a lot of brand loyalty there and proprietary titles. There is much less loyalty and no proprietary software in PCs!
The need to buy a PC or laptop because software is only usable on these larger systems is going away. The Razer Edge will start the consumers moving to one system for everything with gamers, and developers that add productivity will bring the rest of us along for the ride.