If you’ve had your eyes on Razer’s new Android console, the Forge TV, it now has some support from Google. It is now available on the Play Store as a bundle with the controller, so you can get your game on.
This Android TV-powered unit goes head-to-head with Nvidia’s strong Shield offering. How does it compare? While Nvidia uses its own home-brewed SoC, the Tegra X1, Razer goes for a more conventional Snapdragon 805 (with Adreno 420 GPU). Because this is a gaming console, Nvidia has the lead here, but the 805 certainly is no slouch and has proven to rip through the latest Android games.
Other specs of the Forge TV include 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, resolution support up to 1080P (the Nvidia Shield can do 4K), and future Razer Cortex game streaming capability.
The controller bundle goes for $150 on the Play Store. Compared to the $200 price tag of the 16GB Shield, I would say the offer is appropriately priced. The Forge TV controller can also be used to game on-the-go with a phone attachment and bluetooth. Also, you can connect up to 4 controllers to one box, for some multiplayer fun.