Razer plans to launch its own game console this fall, and it’ll be based on Google’s Android TV platform.
The company unveiled the micro-console today during the Google IO developer conference, but details are scarce at the moment.
The micro-console will be the team’s first Android device, and it’ll go up against existing options such as the Ouya and Mad Catz M.O.J.O. But it might make more sense to compare the Razer box with the Amazon Fire TV.
Like the Fire TV operating system, Android TV isn’t just a platform for playing Android games on your TV… although it’ll help you do that. It’s also a way of bringing internet video from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and other sources to your TV and Google is offering new APIs that will let Android developers bring a variety of apps to the big screen.
This isn’t the first time Google has attempted to bring Android to televisions. But unlike Google TV, the upcoming Android TV software will run on a variety of different devices including smart TVs and set-top-boxes form Razer, Asus, and others.
It supports x86 and ARM-based chips, and Google says we can expect to see Android TV devices with processors for NVIDIA, MediaTek, Marvell, Intel, and others, and showcased a new set of graphics features that developers and chip makers including NVIDIA are already tapping into in an effort to bring PC-quality games to Android.
Razer isn’t saying what kind of hardware its box will feature, but the idea of an Android-based game system for the living room doesn’t seem as crazy these days as it did when the Ouya team kickstarted the space two years ago.