Razer Consoles PC Gamers, Says Their Platform Isn't Dead and Teases Aug. 26 Announcement

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News Posted: Mon, Aug 22 2011 2:45 PM
Gaming peripheral maker Razer is raging against the notion that PC gaming is dead and that the future lies in consoles and consoles alone. Razer's big reveal on August 26, 2011 promises to set the record straight, and in the meantime, Razer's hype machine is firing off plenty of red blooded rhetoric fiercely defending PC gamers at large.

Check out the embedded YouTube video above and tell us if that doesn't solicit a "Hell yeah!" and make you want to go punch something, like your PlayStation 3 sitting there all smug on your entertainment center where an HTPC should be standing instead.

Razer's going all out on this one. In addition to the YouTube clip and posting the same video on pcgamingisnotdead.com, the peripheral maker took out a full page spread in today's Wall Street Journal with the same message. In it, Razer declares the PC gaming army at over 300 million strong with "this legion growing every day."

"We, the PC Gamers, have been here since the beginning and have seen the industry grow to surpass movies and music, and we look forward to an open world where console and PC gamers will stand side by side as gamers in arms," the ad reads. "We are here today to tell you that on the 26th of August, we will seek to end the silence and bring a new age of openness and innovation to all gaming. Together we shall remind you -- that PC Gaming is NOT dead."

Nobody knows what exactly Razer is getting ready to announce, only that it's supposed to be big. It's possible Razer could launch its Switchblade on August 26th (see video above), which is certainly plausible, though that alone doesn't explain how PC gamers and console gamers will "stand side by side as gamers in arms." And because Razer deals with gaming hardware and not software platforms, we don't see the company launching any kind of awesome cross-platform infrastructure that would allow PC gamers to destroy stand side by side with console gamers in online multiplay. So, we'll have to just wait and see.

What do you think Razer is cooking up?
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I am puzzled cause as you stated Razer is known as a hardware company like Logitech.

I think it will be something to bridge the 2 platforms which hopefully will go smoothly.

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Hmm... Can't wait to see what these snakes have up their sleeve.

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OmniDeus replied on Mon, Aug 22 2011 10:10 PM

gotta say, the last video really got my blood goin. I WANT ONE NOW!!

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blah310 replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 6:36 PM

Hmmm although Razer claims the Switchblade is a revolution in PC gaming, it appears to me as though it is not "PC gaming" at all.
Although it was an extremely interesting idea, and the game design would be identical to the PC version, the gameplay for these games would completely change.
Take RTS games as an example: there has never been a notable successful case of them unless it was played on a proper mouse and keyboard set up.
The Razer Switchblade seems to be an advancement from portable systems such as the PSP but not on PC gaming.

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