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Razer Android TV games console announced

Hot on the heals of Google’s Android TV announcement at Google I/O, Razer has officially announced a new games console powered by the OS.

Razer’s new device was mentioned during last night’s Google I/O keynote address, but now the Singapore-based PC gaming peripheral company has expanded on its plans a little.

The company is calling its as-yet unnamed Android TV device a “micro-console” which “will stream movies, music and other apps for large-screen entertainment with an emphasis on gaming.”

It’s all a little vague at the moment, but Razer claims that the new micro-console will be capable of both “hardcore and casual gaming.” Whether this means it will be capable of more than playing Android games from the Google Play Store on your TV, we’re not sure.

What we do know is that it looks rather like the Apple TV, only with a garish green light on the bottom. Apparently, it’s designed by the same team that engineered Razer’s gaming-focused laptops and the Project Christine modular PC.

“This is a console of the future,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. As yet, it’s still a relatively foggy vision of the future, but at least we know that Android TV is a major component.

Android TV will bring the Android L (the company’s bold new iteration of Android) experience to the living room. It will allow you to use your phone, tablet, smartwatch, dedicated remote control, or voice to browse through media content on your TV.

Added to a powerful search function that pulls together related content for actors, TV shows, and films, it’s the company’s latest attempt to tidy up the awful Smart TV experience currently on offer.

Razer claims that its Android TV micro-console will launch this autumn.

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