Razer’s cloud gaming handheld starts at $400 for Wi-Fi-only model

Razer, you may remember, recently teased a 5G portable device focused on cloud gaming. The company used RazerCon to officially announce the system, which it calls the Razer Edge – yes, Razer finally went over there with his branding.

The Edge has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 2400 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution. Razer claims the display has 87% more pixels than devices competitors. The steam bridge screen, for example, has a resolution of 1,280 x 800. The Edge’s Gorilla Glass touchscreen also has a sample rate of 288Hz, which should make it very responsive.

Razer has worked with Qualcomm and Verizon on this device. It works on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform, which was developed exclusively for Edge. The device features a Kryo octa-core 3Ghz processor and an Adreno GPU, as well as active cooling and six air vents. Razer says early benchmarks show the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 to deliver two to three times the speeds of typical mobile platforms, such as the Snapdragon 720G.

A person wearing headphones and sitting on a couch while holding a Razer Edge portable gaming device.

The device has a 5,000mAh capacity battery, along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage. On the audio front, there are two-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound and a pair of digital microphones. There’s also a webcam – you’ll have the ability to live stream your gameplay.

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

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

Razer edge

Razer edge

As this is a cloud gaming focused device, connectivity is key. Razer says the Edge has WiFi 6E which operates on an “uncongested” 6GHz channel and supports multi-gig bandwidth for fast upload and download speeds. When you’re on the go, you’ll be able to connect to cloud gaming services via 5G as long as you have the right model.

The 5G version of the Razer Edge is a Verizon exclusive. Pricing and exact availability will be confirmed later, but it should be released in January, around the same time as the WiFi model. This version will cost you $400 and will be available on the Razer website and in RazerStore stores. You can book a for a $5 refundable deposit. Razer did not reveal pricing or availability for the standalone Kishi V2 Pro controller.

It’s not a trivial price for the WiFi model, and it’s likely the 5G version will cost more, but the specs seem solid for the money. This seems like an option worth considering for on-the-go cloud gaming if you’d rather not slot your phone into a controller and don’t want to lug around a Steam Deck.

The Razer Edge isn’t the only portable device focused on cloud gaming. The $350 Logitech Cloud Gaming handheld, which doesn’t support WiFi 6 or 6E, will be available next week. Other notable manufacturers are also turning to cloud gaming. Google this week announced three Chromebooks from Acer, ASUS and Lenovo which are designed for streaming games.

Razer edge

Razer edge

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

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

Hammerhead HyperSpeed ​​headphones and a portable Razor Edge gaming device

Hammerhead HyperSpeed ​​headphones and a portable Razor Edge gaming device

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