CES: Razer's Edge Brings Full PC Games to Tablets

Play Dishonored and other HD titles on a Windows 8 tablet.

After over a year of crowd-sourced development and refinement, Razer has introduced the retail incarnation of its Project Fiona Windows gaming tablet concept, and it's called the Edge. While the Edge bears many of the same qualities as its prototype predecessor, Razer has made a number of significant changes — removing the permanent side-mounted controllers and finalizing its baseline specs and software. Razer is calling the Edge the "most powerful tablet in the world" and they aren't exaggerating. The Edge will come with Intel i5 or i7 processors, discrete graphics via an Nvidia GT640 LE GPU, and up to 8GB of RAM, delivering promised performance of well over 30 frames-per-second for all current titles, such as Dishonored at 59 fps, Dirt Showdown at 41 fps, and more.

At 0.8-inches thick and weighing only 2 pounds, the Edge only makes modest gains over the iPad and Microsoft Surface in terms of size. But rather than just cramming powerful hardware into a compact form factor, Razer has taken added steps to custom-tailor the Edge toward gamers. While the side-mounted controllers are no longer permanently mounted, Razer has repurposed them as part of an optional gamepad case with rumble feedback. It's also produced a keyboard dock for MMO games and a docking station so players can prop the Edge up and use USB controllers like a console. The dock supports two USB controllers and HDMI output to a big-screen HDTV.

The Razer Edge will be available in Q1 of this year and come in two flavors: the Edge and Edge Pro. The Edge will come with Intel Core i5 processors, the Nvidia GT640 LE, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD, while the Edge Pro will use an Intel Core i7, the Nvidia GT 640 LE, 8GB of RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD.

While per-model pricing is still to be revealed, Razer says that the Edge will start at $999. We'll be taking a closer look at the Edge this week at CES in Las Vegas, so stay tuned to IGN.com/CES for hands-on impressions, video, and more.

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