Razer Forge TV Review : It's a dud.. Gaming, Kodi, and more

June 27, 2020



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The Razer Forge TV simply doesn’t live up to the hype. It feels rushed in so many ways, clearly because Nvidia has a console of their own coming out.

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What’s missing? Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and many other video platforms. There’s no physical remote control and you’re forced to deal with their buggy Android remote app. There are no games made or optimized specifically for the platform and no way to know what really works with it.

In fact some games I tested that do install on the device simply don’t load due to compatibility issues. The promised PC streaming feature isn’t ready yet. External storage devices will not work on the device’s USB port.

The games that do run on the device run fine, but quite honestly you’re better off at this point plugging in a phone or tablet to a television and playing with a bluetooth controller.

It’s also a heavy lift to sideload apps onto the device. This is more of an Android TV problem, but even the Nexus player had a compatible file manager which does not seem to be the case here.

This device does have solid hardware built in — but the software feels like an after thought. They loaded in the standard Android TV interface and preloaded a few games on it. That’s it.

It’s clear that Razer forced this out the door to get sales ahead of Nvidia’s device but I can’t see how this is going to be better in its current state.

Here’s what they need to make this product work for consumers:

1. A physical remote control

2. Netflix!

3. A curated app store / page to direct consumers to games that take advantage of the console’s features. Nvidia does this through their Tegra Zone app.

4. Get the PC game streaming working

I am going to hold onto this and do a followup later if things improve. But right now this reminds me a lot of the Mad Catz Mojo that just shoveled Android onto a console and released it.

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All Comments

  • Nvidia gang

    YBN Lynch June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • What happened with this device after 3 or 4 years?

    Omar F. Rodriguez Morales June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Does it need internet to work

    Will Link June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • What is the resolution on it?

    hola It's. A button dude! June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Can u play pubg or Fortnite thru these forge boxes. I know they bundle with a serval controller. Just wonder if ur able to map buttons

    derrick robertson June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Can it run fortnite

    hvd_ethan June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Is the HomeRun HD app better on kodi than the native one on Android TV? I know I'm a little late…

    Bo Vice June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • dat face tho :I

    i know my peepee is small but, June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Hey, watch
    my review to the RAZER FORGE TV. If you like 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-_oIY31ReE&list=PLpqNbpaybnB-K4TxyZ2Qsf92bM2UzCk-e&index=22

    Esonator2 June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Lon killed forget tv

    trippplefive June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • can you install Mobdro on the Razer Forge I know this video is too old can you please respond😄

    Alex Padilla June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Please update this video, I have the razor forge and Iyou can download kodi and Netflix right from the google play store without side loading anything.

    Bigsecksie June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Is it better for gaming? Like: if you have a bad pc, does it make the pc better for gaming?

    Phybe June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • Application omissions are only a problem for those who don't know how to download an APK and install it. 😛

    RetroGamez June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • It has casting abilities right? So you can Netflix on your Android or iphone and cast it to your tv correct?

    DeadUnborn June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • man, think my Ouya is better then this lol ironically forge bought out Ouya

    rocknflip66 June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • So you need a seperate android device to be able to control & configure this Android device + no netflix or amazonand an extremely gimp'd/ truncated user interface which is user hostile.
    Lon this isn't a "dud" as you put it, this thing is 'EFFING BROKEN by design.

    Seriously , did the shareholders at Razer hire some burned out stoners whom smoked themselves stupid to plan this convoluted bang'd up claptrap or did they just go to the loony bin?

    Either way this thing could have had potential , but the chose to squander that potential terribly.
    They shot themselves in the foot so bad that this thing needs amputation from Razer as a whole.

    reignick1133 June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • what's the name of red tablet?

    Rishabh Patel June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • I like the Razer, it plays emulators like a dream. Played mk2 silky smooth for framerate (MAME). I had a fun time playing Pac-Man 256 on it also through google play store (and I can finally use a controller!). I'm sure Nvidia Shield could do all this also, but I already had an ouya, and got a nice deal of $50 off. So I picked it up for 100 bucks total. I'm enjoying it 🙂 It has a very nice efficient aesthetically pleasing design also. The shield is kind of unwieldy for size. But I'll probably pick up a shield someday also 😛 Honestly, I just like tinkering with old school retro games/emulation, and get a kick out of trying them on different devices. 😛

    1 June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • I just read they silently updated the forge tv in december and I think you might want to take another look at it if you have time.They partnered up with Ouya so it might be ok.

    dplalowski June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply
  • you can't get Netflix or any other tv apps because hint hint it's a gaming device why would you buy a gaming device to watch tv apps that's stupid

    unknown person June 27, 2020 7:43 pm Reply

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