Razer’s “Project Fiona” is a High Performance Gaming Tablet
The folks behind the gaming laptop for crazy millionaires is back, this time with “Project Fiona,” which is the codename for the high-end gaming tablet from Razer. The tablet was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas yesterday, and it features an Intel Core i7 processor to allow for high-quality PC gaming performance, says a post on GamesIndustry today.
As you can see from the image of the prototype device above, the tablet comes with two mounted handles, each with analog sticks and four face buttons. The GamesIndustry post explains that the tablet will also feature standard issue accelerometers and a multi-touch screen—though the accelerometers are being billed as “ultra-precise.”
Brad Graff from Intel offered this statement about the device:
“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.”
The price of the device is projected at being under $1,000. Which, last time I checked, is a shit-ton of money for even just a PC, let alone a tablet.
I’m going to say it right now: this thing sounds ridiculous. Just because tablets are popular right now does not mean that we need a $900 tablet that’s built for playing games…and has two giant controllers attached to its sides. Isn’t the whole point of a tablet to eliminate the physical inputs of the computer? If you’re going to go to all the trouble of shrinking things down into a single screen, why would you tack to sticks on the side?
Tablets are also built for portability—and I cannot fathom how anyone taking this thing out of their backpack in a coffee shop wouldn’t look like a first-class tool box.
I just—I just don’t know about this one.