Razer's 'Project Fiona' is a gaming tablet prototype ... and it plays PC games

Perhaps the PlayStation Vita's leggy 5 inch screen just isn't enough for your dedicated gaming portable needs. Perhaps -- and this is just a theoretical, of course -- you think Sony's promise of console quality games on the Vita isn't nearly as important as full-on console games on the go. Enter Razer's "Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet." It's merely a prototype (at least for now), but this may be the go-to portable for you at some point in the future, fictional crazy person.

Razer unveiled the prototype concept this week at CES, ending an ambiguous, weeks-long promotional campaign (seen after the break). According to a press release issued by the hardware company, the Project Fiona tablet comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, and is capable of running "current-generation PC games" -- Firefall, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and H.A.W.X. 2 are shown in the teaser, offering examples of some titles that will apparently work on the device -- surprise surprise, Ubisoft is jumping at the chance to showcase its wares on a new gaming device. Razer claimed in the announce that "many" PC games will "run natively" on the device without any need for specialization.

Beyond being a super powerful gaming tablet, Project Fiona also keeps up with the Joneses by including "ultra-precise accelerometers and a highly sensitive multi-touch screen," which is intended to give developers a chance to cater their PC games to the device. It also has now de rigeur forced feedback, so you can rumble while commuting.

Unlike Razer's previous gaming prototype, the Switchblade, the company isn't giving out a hard price for Project Fiona, but said it'll be "under $1,000" when it's expected to launch in "Q4 2012."%Gallery-143664%
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Project Fiona – the only tablet in the world designed for PC gaming

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, - Jan 10th, 2012 – Razer™, the world leader in
high performance gaming hardware, is proud to announce their newest gaming concept design
– the Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet. Unlike other tablets designed for general use and casual
gaming, Project Fiona is a tablet concept designed to play the most popular PC games of today
with an intuitive control setup for a phenomenal on-the-go gaming experience.

Powered by Intel® Core™ i7

Razer worked closely with Intel to harness the power of its third generation Intel® Core™ i7
processor in Project Fiona. As a result, Razer's tablet is more akin to a fully functioning PC; and
yet in a form factor and platform highly familiar to everybody.

Instead of relying on developers to work on a suite of brand new applications for Project
Fiona, many PC games today run natively on the tablet concept without the need to be ported,
optimized, or developed from scratch.

Moreover, Project Fiona will feature one of the most powerful processors integrated in a tablet
form factor. Instead of the casual and mobile-only games that run on under-powered tablets,
Project Fiona will run full-fledged PC games that have never run on a tablet form factor before
until today.

"Project Fiona's combination of high performance Intel-based gaming hardware and innovative
tablet design is specifically focused for PC gamers. It will unleash the PC gamer to play their
existing and future high-end games in one of the most exciting new form factors – a tablet,"
said Brad Graff, Director of Partner Marketing, Netbook & Tablet Group, Intel.

PC Gaming User Interface Designed For a Tablet Form Factor

Razer's multi-award winning user interface and ergonomics team have developed an all-new
hybrid user interface scheme for Project Fiona. Featuring integrated dual game controllers with
ultra-precise analog sticks, Project Fiona runs gamepad-enabled PC games right out of the box.

Along with the game controllers, Project Fiona is also designed with ultra-precise
accelerometers and a highly sensitive multi-touch screen. This provides game developers with
new game experiential opportunities to develop around the hybrid game control experience
offered by Project Fiona. It also ensures current-generation PC games run on the tablet
concept, as well as any existing games optimized for the touchscreen interface of a tablet.

Future games developed for Fiona are expected to take advantage of not just the integrated
gamepad controls but also integrate core game functionality controls for the touchscreen and
accelerometer-based controls.

"While multi-touch screens have become the de facto user interface for tablets, they are not
the right interface for serious PC gaming," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO, Razer. "The user interface
we have designed for Project Fiona allows all existing PC games to be played right out of the
box and also provides game developers new opportunities as they develop next-gen games on a
highly-intuitive platform. Both developers and gamers are going to love the new user interface
that combines the best of a gamepad, multi-touch screen and accelerometers for an all-new
gaming experience on-the-go."

The Most Immersive Gaming Experience on a Tablet

To further intensify the gaming experience with Project Fiona, Razer's integrated dual
controllers deliver full force feedback, so every explosion or gun recoil can be felt in the gamer's

THX® Ltd., which works with many of the world's most innovative audio and video home
entertainment manufacturers, agrees that the tablet adds tremendous flexibility to a gamer's
lifestyle. "Video games, music and entertainment that previously were mainly enjoyed within
the home can now be enjoyed anywhere through tablets such as the Razer Concept PC Gaming
Tablet," said Chris Golson, Senior Director, Business Development, THX.

Developer units of the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet will be made available soon.
Interested parties should email developer@razerzone.com for more information. Project Fiona
will be on display at Razer's booth in South Hall 3, #31473.

About the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet

Project Fiona is the only tablet in the world designed for PC gaming.

Price: Estimated below USD $1,000

Availability: Actual product shipping Q4 2012

For more information about the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet, please visit

About the Razer Group:
Razer™ is the world leader in high performance gaming hardware. Founded in 1998, with its
headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe.
Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments, Razer
provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning
design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.™

Learn more at www.razerzone.com

This article was originally published on Joystiq.