switchblade http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/16198/ en Razer Releases Software Development Kit (SDK) for Switchblade UI http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_releases_software_development_kit_sdk_switchblade_ui <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/switchblade_ui.jpg" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Razer, a well known maker of PC gaming peripherals, has made available to developers its Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Switchblade user interface (UI). The Switchblade UI is featured prominently on the company's 'Razer Blade' gaming laptop, as well as its Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming keyboard and newly announced DeathStalker Ultimate plank.</p> <p>"With the development of the SDK for the Switchblade UI, we are pleased to offer every game developer the ability to create applications that will enhance their immersive experience for their favorite games," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-software-development-kit-for-switchblade-ui-now-available">said Robert 'RazerGuy' Krakoff</a>, president of Razer USA. "I am eager to see the types of applications that can be made by our passionate and creative fans inside the development community."</p> <p>Using the newly developed SDK, developers savvy in C++ and C Sharp programming can create all sorts of new applications for the Switchblade UI, from mini-maps and inventory slots, to information guides and whatever else they can think of, "all based in a free and open development model."</p> <p>If you're interested in playing around with the SDK or learning more about it, Razer posted an <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/switchblade-ui">online guide</a> that goes into more detail.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_releases_software_development_kit_sdk_switchblade_ui#comments Hardware laptop mobile notebook razer skd Software software development kit switchblade News Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:17:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 23985 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Says Small PCs Are In Its Future, Maybe The Switchblade? http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_says_small_pcs_are_its_future_maybe_switchblade <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/razer_switchblade.jpg" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />After the whole brouhaha over the cryptic “<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_claims_pc_gaming_not_dead_full-page_wall_street_journal_ad">PC Gaming Is Not Dead</a>” website, Razer’s big secret – <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/so_what_was_razers_big_secret_gaming_laptop">as we told you back in August</a> – was the Razer Blade gaming laptop, a 17-inch notebook with a i7-2640M dual-core 2.8GHz CPU, 8GB of memory, and an NVIDIA 555M discrete GPU. Now, reports say they have a bunch of little secrets in the works, too, in the form of smaller, more portable PCs.</p> <p>"More products will follow including small form factor systems," <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/244499/razer_plans_smaller_gaming_devices_besides_laptop.html">Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told PC World</a>. They won’t start appearing until sometime next year, however, as the Razer Blade itself isn’t due to hit the streets until November. The report doesn’t go into much detail other than the single quote. Perhaps one of the “small form factor systems” he’s talking about is <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_builds_netbook_concept_gamers_go">the Razer Switchblade, a netbook-like “mobile PC gaming concept design” that Razer showed off at CES 2011</a> (and supposedly served as the genesis of the larger Razer Blade). Remember the Switchblade? It had an interesting “<a href="http://www.razerzone.com/switchblade/gaming">dynamic tactile keyboard</a>” that changed depending on the game being played. In any case, expect to hear more details as time goes on.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_says_small_pcs_are_its_future_maybe_switchblade#comments blade Hardware laptop news notebook razer small form factor pcs switchblade News Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:33:01 +0000 Brad Chacos 21452 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Claims PC Gaming Is Not Dead In Full-Page Wall Street Journal Ad http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_claims_pc_gaming_not_dead_full-page_wall_street_journal_ad <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/pc_gaming.jpg" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Even though <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/e3_2011_pc_gaming_no-show_microsofts_keynote">Microsoft pretty much ignored us at E3</a>, you don’t need to tell Maximum PC readers that PC gaming is not dead. Razer, being a supplier of gaming mice, unsurprisingly feels the same way. <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_teases_august_26th_announcement_prove_pc_gaming_isn%E2%80%99t_dead">We’ve already told you</a> that the company’s rolled out <a href="http://www.pcgamingisnotdead.com/">pcgamingisnotdead.com</a> and is promising to drop some big news at PAX on August 26th, but now Razer’s upped the ante: it’s written an open letter to the major consoles in a full-page ad on the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p><em>TO OUR FRIENDS XBOX, PLAYSTATION AND WII,</em></p> <p>We have all heard the rhetoric about the death of PC gaming – the stories that console gaming will take over all gaming and that PC gamers will be left with shoddy ports of console titles.</p> <p>The rumors of our untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated. We are more than 300 million PC gamers worldwide and this legion is growing every day. Today there are more PC gamers than all console gamers combined and we have been silent in the face of the closed gaming systems that have been propagated.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>GLHF,</p> <p>Razer, FOR THE PC GAMERS OF THE WORLD</p> <p>The suspense has our spider-senses tingling, as does the nifty robo-voice and <em>Matrix</em>-like sound effects on the pcgamingisnotdead.com website. As we said this weekend, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/21/razer-teaser-reminds-us-that-pc-gaming-is-not-dead-neither-ar/">the folks at Engadget</a> think it might have something to do with <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/switchblade/gaming">Razer’s netbook-like Switchblade</a>, and that seems like a decent guestimate to us, too. What do you think the big announcement will be?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_claims_pc_gaming_not_dead_full-page_wall_street_journal_ad#comments Gaming news PC gaming razer switchblade wsj News Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:03:28 +0000 Brad Chacos 19985 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Teases August 26th Announcement To Prove PC Gaming Isn’t Dead http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_teases_august_26th_announcement_prove_pc_gaming_isn%E2%80%99t_dead <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/pcgamingisnotdead.png" alt="PC Gaming Is Not Dead" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Readers of Maximum PC probably don’t need to be told that PC Gaming isn’t dead, however gaming peripheral maker Razer claims they have proof, and it will be revealed on August 26th 2011 at their brand new domain <a href="http://www.pcgamingisnotdead.com/">http://www.pcgamingisnotdead.com</a>.</p> <p>The website is pretty thin on details at this point, so if this turns out to be a massive marketing ploy for a 500 button mouse, you have our apologizes in advance.</p> <p>The gadget oracles over at Engadget are theorizing that the announcement might be related to the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/switchblade">Razer Switchblade</a>, which if you don’t recall, is a hybrid gaming netbook that was shown off at CES this year. We’re hoping for something slightly more impressive, but if your in despite need of a small form factor MMO gaming rig it might be worth waiting a few days to find out.</p> <p>Anyone else have any predictions?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_teases_august_26th_announcement_prove_pc_gaming_isn%E2%80%99t_dead#comments Gaming PC gaming razer switchblade News Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:19:10 +0000 Justin Kerr 19973 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Forms Super Alliance to Promote Switchblade in China http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_forms_super_alliance_promote_switchblade_china <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/razer_switchblade_0.jpg" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Earlier this year at CES, gaming peripheral maker Razer <a href="article/news/razer_builds_netbook_concept_gamers_go">showed off</a> its "mobile PC gaming concept design" called <a href="http://www2.razerzone.com/switchblade/gaming">Switchblade</a>. Essentially a netbook concept for gamers on-the-go, the Switchblade one-ups other handheld consoles by combining a dynamic keyboard, mobile gaming mouse (if required), and touchscreen display all rolled into a single device. No longer just a concept, Razer went and formed an alliance with Intel, the world's largest chip maker, and Tencent, China's leading provider of games and Internet services, to promote the Switchblade in China.</p> <p>"This is the first time three of the biggest technology brands in China have come together," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "We're united by a common goal to deliver the best portable gaming experience to as many gamers as possible. With the Razer Switchblade's adaptive tactile keyboard, Intel's range of processors, and Tencent's popular games, this is no lofty goal -- it's happening now."</p> <p>Razer said it built the Switchblade from the ground up with a focus on enhancing the user experience for playing PC games on a handheld device. Driving the device is an Intel Atom processor, and on the software side, Razer says several popular Tencent titles have been optimized to run on the Switchblade, including <em>Dungeon and Fighter</em>, <em>Crossfire</em>, <em>League of Legends</em>, <em>QQ Speed</em>, and a bunch more.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see how Chinese gamers receive the Switchblade, and whether or not Razer opts to eventually market the portable gaming machine in the U.S. market.</p> <p>Image Credit: Razer</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_forms_super_alliance_promote_switchblade_china#comments Gaming Hardware intel mobile netbook razer switchblade tencent Videogames News Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:21:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 18134 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Builds a Netbook Concept for Gamers on the Go http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_builds_netbook_concept_gamers_go <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Update: Now with video from the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ces">CES</a> show floor!</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Razer, best known for its line of gaming mice, sometimes uses CES to launch a product seemingly out of the company's realm. One year it was the Mako 2.1 speakers, which is still the only speaker set in Razer's product portfolio. And this year? Meet the <a href="http://press.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-announces-new-mobile-pc-gaming-concept-design">Switchblade</a>, a "mobile PC gaming concept design."</p> <p>The Switchblade is basically a netbook of sorts custom tailored for gamers and built around Intel's Atom platform, likely Oak Trail. The idea is to bring a keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen display to mobile gaming, a combo that doesn't really exist with today's handheld consoles.</p> <div style="display:none">416x234 with html5 and api support</div> <p><div class="VAMS_prototype" data-vams-id="jAv8rt2T2A7VG"></div> </p> <p><script type="text/javascript">// </script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The main problem with mobile PC gaming so far is that no one has been able to port the full mouse and keyboard experience onto a small size portable solution," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "By combining adaptive on-the-fly controls and display, we managed to maintain the full tactile keyboard in a miniature computer while saving valuable screen estate."</p> <p>Not just an everyday netbook, the Switchblade comes with an "intelligent user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements" (the key graphics change, somewhat similar to the Optimus Maximum OLED keyboard), and it sports a custom overlay on top of Windows 7.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.razerzone.com/switchblade">Product Page</a><br /><a href="http://www2.razerzone.com/switchblade/gallery">Picture Gallery</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/razer_switchblade.jpg" width="405" height="302" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: left;">Image Credit: Razer</h5> <p><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ces">Click here for more news and videos about CES 2011, the biggest event in consumer electronics!</a></strong></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/razer_builds_netbook_concept_gamers_go#comments CES CES2011 concept Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware mobile netbook prototype razer switchblade Videogames News Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:31:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 16489 at http://www.maximumpc.com