Razer introduces the never-ending computer, Project Christine

razer introduces never ending computer project christine gallery 03

Razer loves CES. Each and every year it uses the show to debut new technology, but unlike many manufacturers that treat the show as an unveiling party for potentially retail-ready products, Razer isn’t afraid to go a little wild. This year is no different, and once again Razer has come out of its corner swinging.

At CES this year, Razer unveiled “Project Christine,” a PC that the company calls “the world’s most modular gaming system.” And that isn’t just rhetoric. Christine’s PCI-Express architecture is designed to allow you to choose and then install new modules on the fly, and then instantly be recognized and integrated. If you need to add more storage you can just slot it in, rather than opening a case and fumbling with tiny screws. Same for memory, graphics cards, and more. In theory, you should never need to buy another computer, you could just perpetually upgrade Christine.

“The modularity of Project Christine make it perpetually customizable, offering plug-and-play upgradability as new and improved technology evolves, ostensibly eliminating the need to replace entire systems,” Razer said in the announcement. “Modules connected to the PCI-Express backbone can be added in any order or combination, featuring up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and even power supplies, ensuring maximum flexibility.”

The system also features a touch-screen LED display that offers maintenance information, and the entire system features active liquid cooling and noise cancellation. It also allows you to run, and switch, between three operating systems. One of those could be the new SteamOS, so Christine is just a Steam Controller away from being its own Steam Machine.

This is still very much a prototype, and Razer has a history of using CES to test the waters with new products. Because of that, there are a lot of questions that simply can’t be answered yet – like pricing, availability, and even some fundamental ones like whether or not the modules are proprietary or not. Even if Razer could answer some of these questions, there is every chance that they would change anyway

That said, Project Christine is an exciting new concept. It’s something people are talking about, and it has people thinking. What more can you ask from a prototype?

• Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization

• PCI-Express architecture

• Open operating system platform

• Factory overclocked components

• Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation

• Quad SLI capable

• SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array

• LED touchscreen control display

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

New rumors say the Pixelbook 2 could show up at CES 2019

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Product Review

It's not the sharpest tool, but the Surface Go does it all for $400

Microsoft has launched the $400 Surface Go to take on both the iPad and Chromebooks, all without compromising its core focus on productivity. Does it work as both a tablet and a PC?

Ryzen 3000 CPUs could be the most powerful ever. Here's what we know

AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 generation of CPUs could be the most powerful processors we've ever seen, with higher core counts, greater clock speeds, and competitive pricing. Here's what we know so far.

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.

Itching to fight in an online match with friends in 'SSB Ultimate'? Here's how

You can play online against your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it isn't quite as simple as you might expect from a multiplayer game in 2018. Here's how you can do so using the Battle Arena system.

Still trying to unlock your main in 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try these tips

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest entry in the series to date with over 70 characters to unlock, but the process can feel tiresome. Here are our tips to unlock your roster as quickly as possible.
Product Review

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is an ode to gaming that lives up to its name

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a loving tribute to Nintendo and video game history. It’s a terrific multiplayer fighter that also has plenty for single-player fans to love this time around.

PlayStation Classic hacked in less than a week to play games via USB drive

Hackers have already managed to crack the PlayStation Classic, with programs now available to allow users to play additional original PlayStation games on the system via a USB drive.

‘Fortnite’ adds sword from ‘Infinity Blade,’ which disappears from App Store

Epic Games has added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to Fortnite just as it pulled all three games in the Infinity Blade trilogy from sale. The games are still available to download if you bought them.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.