Razer’s Project Fiona aims to merge tablets, PCs and consoles

Razer is a company best known for making computer accessories such as mice and keyboards. Now they’re moving to the tablet business with Project Fiona, a Windows tablet that has good enough specs for PC games paired with console-like controller handles. What it looks like right now is basically a tablet with a PlayStation Move Navigation Controller on each side of the screen. In fact the controller part looks so much like Sony’s controller that I had to go check me own to see if they hadn’t just switched out the buttons and sanded down the logos for the prototype. The controllers also act as handles for the tablet, creating a device that you get a very solid (and comfortable) grip on while using.

Specs aren’t finalized, but you essentially get a 10.1-inch 1280×800 screen with enough power to run Windows 8 and some games. The device might appeal to some people, but it’s an odd concept nonetheless. There’s the PS Vita to compete with, the Wii U controller, and the fact that between emulators, games that support programmable controls, and OnLive, you essentially just have to glue two of those Playstation navigation controllers to a rooted Android tablet and get the same result. Still, this is thinking outside the box, and I like that.

[Engadget]

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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