Meet Razer’s “Project Fiona”

No, not the game on the screen, the actual screen with what looks like duct-taped PlayStation Move sticks on either side of it. That piece of hardware is what peripheral manufacturer Razer has been working on for some time. Revealed at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, the unit is supposed to be the answer for true portable PC gaming.

The 10.1 inch multi-touch enabled screen houses enough power to run all of today’s PC games. The unit runs off Windows 8 but Razer says that they have some of their own software running as well.

The idea is for PC games to work straight out of the box, meaning all control mapping is handled by the unit. If you’ve used a game controller on your PC then using Project Fiona’s custom designed handle controllers will feel natural. Add to that the touchscreen, camera and built-in accelerometer and the potential is there for some neat additional input methods for standard PC games.

The version seen above is 0.2 but Razer claims to be up to version 0.8 back in their testing labs. At present it’s about as thick as three iPad 2 tablets but that could change between now and release. There’s been no finalisation of battery life at this point, or final system specs. Suffice it to say, however, the demo units at CES were playing Warhammer 40K: Space Marine without an issue.

Project Fiona is nearing completion and Razer hopes to have it hitting retail in either Q3 or Q4 of this year. Their aim is to sell the unit at under $1 000 but no price has been confirmed.

It looks interesting, although the one obvious flaw is that which PC gamers cling to the most, and with valid reasons: a mouse and keyboard.

Source: Gizmodo