Friday, January 20, 2012

CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

Not satisfied with releasing gaming accessories like mice and headsets, Razer has taken a big turn into system building. First, it announced the forthcoming Blade gaming laptop, and now it’s unveiled a concept tablet that claims it will bring real PC gaming capabilities to a slate.

Project Fiona comprises a 10.1-inch tablet, along with a pair of integrated gaming controllers (though the screen will include multi-touch and accelerometer support). According to our sister site CNET, it will run Windows 8, as well as an “Android overlay”.

It will pack an Intel Core i7 processor, and presumably it will rely on that chip’s integrated graphics, which suggests it will be an Ivy Bridge CPU (with superior integrated graphics to Sandy Bridge). Also included is a Dolby 7.1 surround sound system that’s been THX certified. Razer promises pricing under $1,000, which makes sense since you get pick up an Alienware M11x gaming netbook with a discrete graphics card for $899.

Yes, this tablet might be able to play Crysis, but don’t get your hopes up that it will play it at anything but the lowest settings. Nonetheless, Razer seems out to prove that you can get your game on — in a more traditional sense — with Windows 8 tablets. There’s no word on when exactly Project Fiona will become a real commercial product (or if), but we’ll be keeping a close eye on its development in the coming months.

More CES 2012 coverage from CNET and ZDNet.

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