Razer To Introduce Gaming-Focused Tablet PC

by Adam Biessener on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:23 AM

The hardware manufacturer announced a high-specs tablet PC designed for gaming today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Project Fiona hardware includes a 10" multi-touch display, a powerful Core i7 processor from Intel, and two force feedback-equipped gamepad controllers.

Razer touts the machine's ability to play gamepad-enabled PC games – which include most console cross-platform titles such as Skyrim and Arkham City – without them needing to be modified at all for the device. It is unclear whether Project Fiona runs any kind of Windows-based operating system.

In addition to the touchscreen and gamepad inputs, Project Fiona has a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometers for motion-based control methods. The concept tablet also supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound in case you have a pair of extremely expensive headphones to plug into it.

Putting this hardware package together at the announced "sub-$1000" price point is impressive, but the announcement leaves many questions unanswered.  What kind of graphics hardware is it packing? Why bother with the tablet form factor when it seemingly won't have access to the touchscreen-based game development going on with iOS and Android? Does anyone really want a tablet with a big controller bolted onto each side? How would you maintain your dignity when you pull this bad boy out of your backpack on the bus?

CES is the place for weird new concepts that may or may not turn into actual products, and so Project Fiona should be right at home there. It'll be interesting to see if Razer ever actually releases a consumer device based on this design.