Razer portable cloud gaming starts at $400 for WiFi only | Engadget

You may remember that Razer recently teased a 5G mobile device focused on cloud gaming. The company took the opportunity at RazerCon to officially announce the system, which it calls the Razer Edge — yes, Razer finally went there with its branding.

The Edge has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a Full HD+ resolution of 2,400 x 1,080. Razer claims that the screen has 87 percent more pixels than competitor devices. The Steam Deck screen, for example, has a resolution of 1,280 x 800. The Gorilla Glass touchscreen also has a sampling rate of 288Hz, which makes it very responsive.

Razer has worked with Qualcomm and Verizon on this device. It runs on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, which was developed exclusively for Edge. The device has a 3G Hz octa-core Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU, along with active cooling and six air vents. Razer says early benchmarking shows the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 offers two to three times the speed of typical mobile platforms, such as the Snapdragon 720G.

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The device has a 5000 mAh battery, as well as 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of storage. On the front are two-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound and a pair of digital microphones. There is also a webcam – you will have the option to live stream your gameplay.

The Edge consists of an Android 12 tablet housed inside the new Razer Kishi V2 Pro console. The latter has the same analog triggers as the Kishi V2, along with micro-switches, programmable buttons, and what Razer claims is an “ultra-accurate” D-pad. What makes Kishi V2 Pro different is that it has HyperSense haptic feedback and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The tablet and console together weigh 400.8 grams, which is just under a pound.

As for games, Edge, which will only be available in the US initially, will come with the Epic Games, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia GeForce Now launchers pre-installed. You will also be able to access remote start services such as Steam Link, Moonlight, and Parsec.

Razer Edge

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Since this is a cloud gaming focused device, connectivity is key. Razer says the Edge has WiFi 6E that runs on a “uncrowded” 6GHz channel and has multitasking bandwidth support for fast download and upload speeds. On the go, you’ll be able to connect to cloud gaming services through 5G as long as you have the right model.

The 5G version of the Razer Edge is a Verizon exclusive. Exact pricing and availability will be confirmed at a later time, but it should be released in January, around the same time as the WiFi model. This version will save you $400 and will be available from the Razer website and the RazerStore sites. You can reserve one for a refundable $5 deposit. Razer hasn’t revealed the price or availability of the standalone Kishi V2 Pro console.

That’s not a small price for the WiFi model, and the 5G version will likely cost more, but the specs look solid for the money. It seems like an option worth considering for cloud gaming on the go if you’d rather not insert your phone into a console and don’t want to install Steam Deck.

The Razer Edge isn’t the only mobile device focused on cloud gaming. The $350 Logitech portable gaming device, which does not have WiFi 6 or 6E support, will be available next week. Other notable manufacturers are turning their attention to cloud gaming as well. This week Google announced three Chromebooks from Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo designed for gaming streaming.

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The Edge was far from the only Razer product announcement at RazerCon. Along with the Kraken Kitty V2 Pro wired headset (which features interchangeable rabbit, bear and cat ears with Chroma RGB lighting) and a few other gear, the company showed off Hammerhead HyperSpeed ​​headphones.

The earbuds feature Chroma RGB, active noise cancellation, and Bluetooth 5.2 and 2.4GHz connectivity (via a USB-C dongle that you can connect to your console or other device) to reduce latency. Razer claims that you’ll get up to 30 hours of total battery life, considering additional charges from the charging case. Hammerhead HyperSpeed ​​is available in PlayStation and Xbox variants. The earbuds cost $150 and will be available in November.

Hammerhead HyperSpeed ​​Headphones and Razor Edge Portable Gaming Headset

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