Razer started teasing its brand new Edge 5G cloud gaming handheld back in September, then released more details a month later. Finally, this week at CES 2023, Verizon and Razer jointly announced that it will be available later this month and is quite expensive.
While gamers have plenty of portable game consoles to choose from, like the Logitech G handheld, the Steam Deck, or a Nintendo Switch, thanks to Verizon, the Razer Edge 5G works anywhere. Plus, it offers high-end specs, a beautiful screen, and console-level controls.
You can get the Razer Edge (yes, Razer finally used a name we’ve all come to expect from the brand) from Verizon or Razer starting January 26th. The Wi-Fi model costs $399, but unfortunately you’ll have to spend a lot more if you want to play on the go. So what do you get for the price? Well, a pretty decent gaming device.
The Razer Edge 5G features a stunning 6.8-inch 2400×1080 144Hz AMOLED display that’s far better than the Steam Deck. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform chipset with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is packed with a 5,000mAh battery.
Other specs include two-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound, dual digital microphones, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Verizon Ultra Wideband 5G, and the Razer Kishi Pro 2 controller. It’s a pretty powerful little device, that’s for sure.
As you can probably tell, the idea is to play cloud games over Wi-Fi or Verizon’s fast 5G network. It supports Xbox Cloud Gaming, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Steam Link if you’re near a gaming PC, and Android apps and games.
Verizon is charging $600 outright for the 5G version, or gamers can spend $10 a month for 36 months on a financing plan. However, that only gets you the Edge itself, and you still need a 5G tablet data plan to play anywhere, anytime. These cost between $20 and $30 per month depending on how much data you need.
While the Razer Edge 5G looks pretty good, if you plan on gaming on the go then it’s going to be pricey. Doing the math quickly will set you back between $400 and $600 for the device, and with Verizon’s $30-a-month Fast Unlimited 5G plan, a year of data costs another $360.
All that said, get yours from January 26th.
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