Gaming peripherals giant turned PC maker Razer has announced that it will be supporting Google's Android TV platform with the launch of a microconsole device later this year.
Announced at the Google I/O conference late last night
, Android TV is aimed at getting the advertising giant's Linux-based mobile-centric software in set-top boxes and smart TVs. As well as support for streaming from Android-based smartphones, tablets and wearables, Android TV will support apps and games - the latter of which is Razer's focus for its as-yet unnamed microconsole device.
'This is a console of the future,
' claimed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, at the announcement of the device. 'Built on Google's incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system.
Sadly, Razer has been reticent to share firm details regarding the hardware. It is believed that the company is to use Nvidia's powerful Tegra K1 system-on-chip (SoC) processor to power the device, which includes four high-performance ARM processor cores, a fifth low-power core for background tasks, and 192 Kepler-class stream processors to handle the graphics side of things. How much memory and storage will be included is not yet clear.
The microconsole isn't Razer's first venture outside its mice-and-keyboards comfort zone. The company has previously designed and released high-end gaming laptops
and unveiled a gaming tablet
in 2012 which was recently rebranded as the Razer Edge Pro
. The company has, however, admitted that it does a terrible job meeting demand
which does not bode well for availability on the microconsole's planned Autumn launch date.