The Google Store is your one-stop shop of sorts for just about everything in Google’s device lineup, from smartphones like the Nexus 6 and tablets like the Nexus 9, to Android TV set top boxes like the Nexus Player. You can also find Chromebooks, accessories, and more pertaining to Google’s devices and product lineup. While the Nexus Player isn’t the only Android TV box which has launched, it has been the only Android TV device you could buy straight from the Google Store for as long as the Google Store has been up and running. That changes today, as you can now also purchase the Razer Forge TV bundle for $149.99.
Razer is long known for gaming peripherals and accessories for PC and consoles, so this was somewhat of a new venture for them with the Android TV box. The Razer Forge TV comes with a controller in the package, so you’ll be all set to go if you purchase one, the Google Store is also selling additional Razer Serval controllers though if you need a player 2. The controller itself is a little more pricey set at $79.99, however it does more than just sync up with your Forge TV because it’s also compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled Android device making it more of a value. It’s also a Razer controller, and they specialize in making gaming peripherals so users should be pretty happy with it. Consumers also save money on the bundle for $149.99 as the Forge TV by itself outside of the Google Store can be found initially $99, so that’s about a $20 difference in buying the Forge TV and the Serval controller separately as opposed to the bundle.
When it comes down to specs, the Razer Forge TV comes running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it has 2GB of RAM as well as a 16GB onboard storage drive. The processor inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU with an Adreno Krait 450 GPU to handle the graphics. It supports WiFi 802.11ac 2 x 2, ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.1. Since this is on the Android TV platform interface, you’ll have access to the Play Store for streaming movies and music, as well as streaming media via other apps, but it’s also Google Cast enabled so you can stream stuff to your Razer Forge TV from other devices like your phone or tablet. What sets the Razer Forge apart from most other Android TV devices is the ability to stream games from your PC using the Razer Cortex software that will be available soon according to Razer. If you want an Android TV that is going to be more geared towards gaming, this would be one of the ones to consider.