It seems Razer’s “Project Fiona,” which promises to deliver “PC gaming on an all-new form-factor,” really is something worth getting excited about. No, it’s not a new gaming laptop — it’s a gaming tablet powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform, with integrated controllers built into its sides.
Inside you’ll find Intel’s third-generation Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors, and because it’s powered by a regular Windows operating system, it’ll play regular PC games — not just tablet-optimized titles. And to ensure you gaming experience is a good one, Razer has built controllers into the side of the device, complete with analogue sticks and force feedback.
In addition to this, the device also features an accelerometer and an “extra-sensitive” multitouch display, providing you with the best of both worlds. Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, is hoping that game developers begin producing titles which take advantage of the combination of hardware available:
“The user interface we have designed for Project Fiona allows all existing PC games to be played right out of the box and also provides game developers new opportunities as they develop next-gen games on a highly-intuitive platform.
“Both developers and gamers are going to love the new user interface that combines the best of a gamepad, multi-touch screen and accelerometers for an all-new gaming experience on-the-go.”
Unfortunately for those of you who are already drooling all over this thing — as I am — the device you see in the video above is just a prototype, and there’s no word just yet on when Project Fiona will make it to market. SlashGear reports, however, that the device could “potentially” launch in Q4 2012, with a sub-$1000 price tag.
Developer units should be available “soon,” according to Razer, so if you’re a developer interesting into porting your titles to this machine you might want to get in touch.
This tablet looks like it’s going to be pretty special to me, but I’m hoping Razer’s final system will allow you to remove those controllers when they’re not in use. Judging by the video above, that’s not an option at this point.
What do you think of Project Fiona?