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Razer confirms the arrival of its new Edge portable console. Running Android and 5G compatible, it wants to revive the craze for portable machines by mixing mobile gaming and cloud gaming.

It was already official, but a lot of information about it was still missing. Razer finally used its RazerCon 2022 event to unveil its new portable console. The Razer Edge arrives a few months after Valve’s Steam Deck and the Logitech G Cloud, confirming the renewed enthusiasm for portable video game consoles. While the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series ushered in the ninth generation of consoles, it’s handheld consoles that are currently on the rise.

It must be said that the market lends itself to this with the explosion of mobile games and the growing interest in cloud gaming platforms; even if the failure of Stadia reminds us that there is still a long way to go. A major player in the gaming world, Razer does not want to miss this meeting and the famous brand confirms that it is not afraid to take risks. The Razer Edge advances as the world’s first 5G-enabled game console.

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A major argument, because 5G connectivity is an asset for gamers thanks to its low latency. This console has also received support from Qualcomm and Verizon. The first brings its Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 platform, a chip dedicated to video games that we had already seen in a prototype presented last year. Razer and the chip giant were already partners, but there was no talk of presenting a finished product yet.

Razer Edge: a 5G portable console running Android

The Razer Edge does not directly compete with a machine like the Steam Deck. Unlike Valve’s solution, it is not designed to run demanding games locally. She can natively run Android games (Google services are present), as well as those offered via the launchers pre-installed like the one from Epic Games (Fortnite and Rocket League Sideswipe). The console also targets cloud streaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now; or applications offering a full remote access to PC toy libraries. Razer brings up Steam Link, Moonlight and Parsec.

To display games, the Razer Edge relies on a 6.8-inch AMOLED display. This displays in Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), with a refresh rate of 144Hz. A proposal superior to that of its main rivals and comparable to the best smartphones dedicated to gaming. Inside, we find the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chip composed of eight Kryo cores clocked at 3.2 GHz and an Adreno GPU. To support it, Razer adds 8 GB RAM LPDDR5 while a 5000mAh battery powers this configuration.

Razer Edge WiFi
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For the rest of the technical characteristics, the Edge console has a pair of speakers, a dual microphone system. And an 5 megapixel front cameras. The latter offers 1080p at 60 frames per second. The console offers 128 GB of storage and has space for microSD card up to 2 TB. On the software side, we note the presence of Android 12.

We would almost be tempted to say that we are in the presence of a gaming smartphone; without the telephone part and without the photo section.

Regarding the grip, the console takes the approach of Kishi V2 and has the new controller Kishi V2 Pro. Two new features justify the presence of this Pro mention: the 3.5mm jack and the technology of HyperSense haptic feedback. The Razer Edge is available in a classic wifi version and in a 4G and 5G compatible variant.

Razer Edge 5G
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A release in the United States “at first”

Razer announces that its Edge console will be ” Firstly “ only available in the US market. It will be marketed in January 2023 at a price of 399.99 dollars ; while the Razer Edge 5G will arrive exclusively at Verizon. The American operator will later indicate the final prices and the availability of this 4G/5G version. Regarding Europe, Razer has not made an announcement and its console does not appear on the French site.

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