Razer envisions plug 'n play PC upgrades with Project Christine
One of the coolest things we've seen at CES this year was Razer's "Project Christine." It's not a product, but rather a concept. Razer wants to make a modular gaming PC, one that fully embodies the idea of plug 'n play.
The goal of Project Christine is to create an ecosystem where it would be theoretically possible for customers to "never buy another PC, or gaming system, again," according to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.
At the heart of Project Christine are modules that look akin to external USB drives. Inside these modules can be a CPU, GPU, RAM, or storage and they'll snap into a base via a proprietary PCI-Express connector. Upgrades to the computer will be as simple as simply plugging a new module in, whether it be an extra GPU or hard drive, for example.
It's a fascinating idea, one that even looks innovative thanks to how the modules protrude out of the skinny base that houses the PC's motherboard. Razer promises that each module can also feature active liquid cooling and noise cancellation, as well. Each module will also feature a LED touchscreen display, which can give further information about the status of each component.
The ease of use is certainly attractive, however the fact that Project Christine is entirely owned by Razer means that--if the project turns into a real retail release--components will have to come from Razer. A spokesperson told us that there is a possibility of opening up licensing for third-party vendors, but for now, it's restricted to Razer's proprietary ecosystem.
Have a look at their vision:
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