Razer, known for their other concept we covered from last year’s CES, has unveiled another concept for gaming. Dubbed “Project Fiona”, this concept lets you play any PC game anywhere in a lightweight and small form factor – the tablet.
They worked with Intel and is using Intel’s third-generation Core i7 processor, making it more “akin to a fully functioning PC” despite the smaller form factor. In addition, any PC games running on this concept will work without any modification. The concept utilises dual game controllers with ultra-precise analog sticks; accelerometers and the multi-touch screen to let you play the game – with any future game able to take advantage of the latter two.
Razer, however, is also trying to work on an actual product, to be shipping in Q4 of this year with a price tag of under US$1,000. Developer units will be sent soon to interested parties. Press release and gallery below.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Consumer Electronics Show — Razer™, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, is proud to announce their newest gaming concept design – the Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet. Unlike other tablets designed for general use and casual gaming, Project Fiona is a tablet concept designed to play the most popular PC games of today with an intuitive control setup for a phenomenal on-the-go gaming experience.
Powered by Intel® Core™ i7
Razer worked closely with Intel to harness the power of its third generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor in Project Fiona. As a result, Razer’s tablet is more akin to a fully functioning PC; and yet in a form factor and platform highly familiar to everybody.
Instead of relying on developers to work on a suite of brand new applications for Project Fiona, many PC games today run natively on the tablet concept without the need to be ported, optimized, or developed from scratch.
Moreover, Project Fiona will feature one of the most powerful processors integrated in a tablet form factor. Instead of the casual and mobile-only games that run on under-powered tablets, Project Fiona will run full-fledged PC games that have never run on a tablet form factor before until today.
“Project Fiona’s combination of high performance Intel-based gaming hardware and innovative tablet design is specifically focused for PC gamers. It will unleash the PC gamer to play their existing and future high-end games in one of the most exciting new form factors – a tablet,” said Brad Graff, Director of Partner Marketing, Netbook & Tablet Group, Intel.
PC Gaming User Interface Designed For a Tablet Form Factor
Razer’s multi-award winning user interface and ergonomics team have developed an all-new hybrid user interface scheme for Project Fiona. Featuring integrated dual game controllers with ultra-precise analog sticks, Project Fiona runs gamepad-enabled PC games right out of the box.
Along with the game controllers, Project Fiona is also designed with ultra-precise accelerometers and a highly sensitive multi-touch screen. This provides game developers with new game experiential opportunities to develop around the hybrid game control experience offered by Project Fiona. It also ensures current-generation PC games run on the tablet concept, as well as any existing games optimized for the touchscreen interface of a tablet.
Future games developed for Fiona are expected to take advantage of not just the integrated gamepad controls but also integrate core game functionality controls for the touchscreen and accelerometer-based controls.
“While multi-touch screens have become the de facto user interface for tablets, they are not the right interface for serious PC gaming,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO, Razer. “The user interface we have designed for Project Fiona allows all existing PC games to be played right out of the box and also provides game developers new opportunities as they develop next-gen games on a highly-intuitive platform. Both developers and gamers are going to love the new user interface that combines the best of a gamepad, multi-touch screen and accelerometers for an all-new gaming experience on-the-go.”
The Most Immersive Gaming Experience on a Tablet
To further intensify the gaming experience with Project Fiona, Razer’s integrated dual controllers deliver full force feedback, so every explosion or gun recoil can be felt in the gamer’s hands.
THX® Ltd., which works with many of the world’s most innovative audio and video home entertainment manufacturers, agrees that the tablet adds tremendous flexibility to a gamer’s lifestyle. “Video games, music and entertainment that previously were mainly enjoyed within the home can now be enjoyed anywhere through tablets such as the Razer Concept PC Gaming Tablet,” said Chris Golson, Senior Director, Business Development, THX.
Developer units of the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet will be made available soon. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Project Fiona will be on display at Razer’s booth in South Hall 3, #31473.
About the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet
Project Fiona is the only tablet in the world designed for PC gaming.
Price: Estimated below USD $1,000
Availability: Actual product shipping Q4 2012
For more information about the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet, please visit www.razerzone.com/projectfiona