Project Fiona set to bring serious games to tablets

While there are plenty of games that are happily playable on tablets these days, there’s still a huge divide between portable gaming and the home PC. That is, there was before Razer got involved.

Introducing: Project Fiona – the company’s newest gaming concept design. It’s been created specifically to play the “most popular” PC games of today, meaning casual drag-and-drop titles may be a thing of the past.

Firefall, on a Project Fiona tablet

Firefall, on a Project Fiona tablet

It might look “interesting”, a standard tablet design with a couple of nun-chuck controllers tacked onto the sides, but Fiona promises to be more than a mere gimmick. She’s got a third generation Intel Core i7 processor tucked away under the hood, making this tablet far more similar to your gaming PC than your smartphone.

…the obvious bonus of this design: A whole bunch of PC games will run perfectly happily on the tablet, straight out of the box. No need for developers to create new tools, new engines or specialised apps. Teams don’t have to work on ports, optimisation or all-new versions for the game to simply work.

Brad Graff, Director of Partner Marketing, Netbook & Tablet Group at Intel is pretty pleased with Razer‘s innovations:

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.

That “interesting” design? It features two game controllers, each with “ultra-precise” analog sticks which work much the same way as a standard gamepad controller. There’s also, of course, accelerometers (plural) and the inevitable multi-touch screen, offering multiple ways to play. Razer hopes that game developers take this new hybrid control experience and runs with it, building games specifically for Fiona’s abilities.

Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer explains:

While multi-touch screens have become the de facto user interface for tablets, they are not the right interface for serious PC gaming. 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.

…did we mention the full force feedback, so you can really feel every explosion and gunshot?

Razer‘s Project Fiona gaming tablet is still a little while off, expected to ship in very late 2012 (after Windows 8 launches), for an anticipated pricepoint of less than US$1000. Keep your eyes peeled, we’re expecting big things from Fiona.

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