Razer has launched a new cloud handheld gaming console developed in partnership with Qualcomm and Verizon. Designed to compete against Valve’s Steam deck, the Razer Edge 5G is based on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon G3x platform.
The Razer Edge 5G features a 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED touchscreen with a 144Hz refresh rate and 2400×1080 resolution. The handheld gaming device comes with 8GB of LPDDR5 memory and 128GB of storage. It comes with Android 12 by default. The Razer Edge 5G supports Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and Sub 6, and mmWave Verizon 5G.
Aside from native Android games, the device comes with preinstalled launchers like the Epic Games Launcher, as well as support for cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta, Nvidia GeForce Now, and remote play options that allow access to PC libraries like Steam enable Link, Moonlight, Parsec and Xbox.
The Razer Edge 6G comes bundled with Razer’s Kishi V2 Pro detachable controllers. It offers the same features as the Kishi V2 controller for smartphones, but with the addition of Razer HyperSense haptic feedback technology and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Kishi V2 features microswitch buttons, analog triggers, and programmable macros. The gaming machine will weigh around 263 grams without the attached controllers and around 400 grams with them.
For a long time, Nintendo’s Switch has ruled the handheld gaming device roost. But lately there’s been an influx of more powerful handheld gaming devices, some of which, like the Steam Deck, can even play AAA gaming titles. In August of this year, computer peripherals giant Logitech announced that it would launch its own handheld gaming device in partnership with Tencent.