Posts Tagged ‘razer’

So I Bought A Mechanical Keyboard

Note – this piece is aimed at people who are as ignorant about mechanical keyboards as I was until around a week ago (and probably still am), not at old hands.

For the longest time, my major interest in a keyboard has been whether it’s got big, easy multimedia controls. Apart from that, it’s a plastic thing with buttons on it, right? Then people (including our resident tech-head Jeremy) started talking about mechanical keyboards and how they were the best thing to happen to both typing and gaming since Ian Keyboard invented the keyboard in 1426, and I started to worry about being left behind.
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Healing The Rift: Razer Aims To Democratise VR

hello facebox my old friend

God only knows where they get the money from, but hardware firm Razer are a reliable source of massively optimistic gaming tech that it’s hard to believe will ever quite take off despite how it appealing it sounds on paper. Hands up who owns a Razer Hydra? Or a Razer Edge Pro? Or is planning on a Project Christine? Well, maybe this one will hit the big time: OSVR, an attempt to essentially make games which support one type of VR headset play nice with any type of VR headset.
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Razer Announces Easy-To-Upgrade Project Christine

My PCs' names are DarkLord (with sporty pink background!) and Sir Face. What are yours?

Razer’s latest bit of PC mad science might look like an alien ribcage, but it aspires to big things. For those of us who worship at The Impossibly Tall Altar Of Horace, building a PC is a routine task, but those who’ve yet to realize the stars in the sky are merely his universe-nourishing teats aren’t as keen on it. There are cards and motherboards and cooling systems and cases and wires. Sure, the process might be easier than ever, but it’s still not the sort of thing you see grandmothers doing in place of jigsaw puzzles (well, except for really, really cool grandmas). With Project Christine, Razer wants to make PC upgrades simple for everyone. But also, you know, probably proprietary.

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What Price Innovation? ($50m, If You’re Razer)

I hope they didn't spend the whole $50m on that

“The PC giants have stopped innovating” claimed Razer boss Min-Liang Tan to Kotaku recently. What he meant, of course, was that Razer’s own projects such as tablet PC/wrestling machine Project Fiona offer the experimental design the Dells and HPs of this world should be pursuing. Fiona’s unveiling seemed to result in a planet-wide raised eyebrow, but I love that it’s happening even if I think it’s doomed, and I certainly don’t disagree that there’s an awful lot more that could be done with the humble PC.
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Getting A Handle On Razer’s Project Fiona

Where's the mouse?

Razer have taken the lid off the simmering mystery that was ‘Project Fiona’, and everyone who said mouse/keyboard/gamepad or whatever was wrong. So wrong that they should run into the street, take off all their clothes and scream “I AM WRONG IN EVERY POSSIBLE SENSE.”

The truth about Fiona? It’s an Intel Core i7-powered gaming PC built to be a tablet, with a pair of gamepad-y handles affixed to the sides. Um. To be honest, it puts me in mind of one of those machines you used to find in bars that measure made-up signals from your hands to tell you how much of a sex bomb or how strong you were/weren’t.
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Razer Tease Project Fiona, Which Is “Badass”

From their video, I swear.

I have no idea what an “all-new form factor” is, but that is the ridiculous phrase Razer are using to describe something that’s currently dubbed Project Fiona, due to be announced properly on the 10th. Appearing on their incredibly unhelpfully named website (er, yeah, we all knew that thanks) is a deliberately opaque trailer for, um, something. Whatever it is, Razer assures that “it’s not simple, it’s not delightful, it’s not magical”. But it is, they inform, “just badass”.

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Oh Yes, And That Razer Announcement

Uh, hmm. So I completely forgot to post this on RPS yesterday despite spending time reading and commenting about it on other sites. Well, we don’t really cover hardware at the moment. I mean we probably should, but we don’t do it routinely. That’s my excuse. Anyway, Razer’s big announcement was a gaming laptop, the cleverly named “Razer Blade“, which they somehow believe is the world’s first gaming laptop (as evidenced in their reveal video, below). The specs are ok, I suppose – 2.8GHz i7, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT555M – but the real appeal of it is the weight and size: 125mm 22.5mm thick, and 3.2kg. Which means it is pretty portable. It also has an outrageously snazzy touchpad/screen thing and LCD hotkeys. Lovely. Sadly it costs $2,800. Eep.
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Razer Starting Mysterious Pro-PC Campaign

Yes it is. Yes it is.

Throughout the late 90s and most of the following decade there was the tedious refrain, “Adventure games are dead.” Which of course meant every single time an adventure game came out there had to be the opposing, “Adventure games are not dead.” Or more usually, “Reports of adventure gaming’s death are much ex…” and every variant thereof. I’m as guilty as it of anyone. Unfortunately, the same mantra has become incredibly commonplace of late to needlessly defend PC gaming. PC gaming hasn’t shown any significant decline in popularity – rather console gaming have become an enormous, mainstream phenomenon. So the efforts to defend PC gaming end up mostly serving to consolidate the myth that there was ever a problem in the first place. So with that said, Razer – the PC peripheral maker – have launched some sort of teaser campaign to prove that PC gaming is not dead.

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Razer Announce Old Republic Gaming Gear

May the force feedback be with you.

How’s your keyboard? Old? Stinky? Are there so many crumbs under the keys that you can barely type, and when you can it sounds like somebody eating biscuits?

Well, Razer’s just announced a new range of PC peripherals branded around upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and… well, it’s not like I can tell you whether they’re any good. They’ve only just been announced. But they’re certainly the most ludicrous bits of kit I’ve seen in a while, so top marks there. You’ll find the trailer after the jump. Yes, a trailer. For a keyboard.
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Razer Hydra Gets Own Portal 2 Version

According to Joystiq’s extensive report from CES, a new PC motion controller from Razer, the Hydra, will get its own version of Portal 2. The device will apparently be bundled with a special version of Portal 2 which will specifically support the Razer. Joystiq say: “That Portal 2 bundle will include a special version of the game, that includes not only native support for the Hydra controllers, but new maps and puzzle mechanics built exclusively for Hydra.”

The device should, it seems, be released around April, the same time as Portal 2, for less than $100. I’ve posted a shakycam demo of Portal 2 being played with the device below.
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