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Let the Razer Blade 15 laptop replace your gaming consoles

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Steam. Xbox Game Pass. Nvida GeForce now. Amazon Luna. Google Stadia. PlayStation Remote Play. I could go on. As with TV streaming services, there are too many places to play your video games today. The list of “channels” or “providers” or whatever they are called just keeps growing – and major consoles are even testing their own services with the aforementioned Xbox and PlayStation remote apps. You can play Ring of Elden directly to your browser now. This is madness. But, to what end?! The handy thing about TV streaming platforms is that they can all live on one little smart box.

Now that streaming has made a big splash in the gaming world, it’s just ridiculous to bounce between my Xbox, PS5, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and tablet, sometimes all in one night. My apartment only has a limited number of HDMI ports, it’s hard to keep track. So when I saw the Razer Blade 15, a super-powerful laptop that could, theoretically, house my entire video game library in one place, well, that all changed.

Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

Finally, a simplified PC gaming setup.

Until recently, I’ve always preferred the streamlined experience of console gaming. You plug it in, you play it. No downloading drivers, investing in new hardware, spending hours on YouTube watching a 12-year-old teach you how to get the latest Skyrim running version (it’s child’s play!). Gamers might crucify me for saying that, but PCs are intimidating, man. Especially when trying to assemble one on your own. And, not to mention the price they can fetch, try to keep them updated for all the latest games.

The Razer Blade 15 makes the concept of PC gaming suddenly very simple. It’s just a windows laptop. In the end, that’s all. The computer comes with Windows 11, so installing an operating system isn’t a problem – and, of course, unless you want to play strictly PC games (which would be quite correct fact, without judgment), it takes a bit of technical know-how to run ALL your games. But, with a little time and effort, you can put together your own gaming museum, an archive powerhouse that could pretty much start with today’s latest releases and go all the way back to the NES, or earlier. It’s simple, I mean, I was able to do it in a night or two, and I’ve never even owned a PC before.

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Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

It may be portable, but it doesn’t skimp on specs under the hood.

Razer’s Blade series of laptops – the latest lineup of which includes the 14, 15 and 17, all with enough processing power, graphics capabilities and memory speeds to run the biggest AAA games smoothly – makes it hard to justify investing in any other dedicated gaming device. You can check the specifications yourselfbut these are more than sufficiently powerful machines that would make buying a tower PC, for me, a bit of a stretch.

And since you’re not building anything yourself, you also benefit from the console experience. When I opened the Blade 15 it had Xbox GamePass pre-installed. All I had to do was log into my Microsoft account, and my games were there. Sites and apps like PS Remote Play (more on that later), Steam, or GOG, or itch.io, or The Epic Games Store, are all just a click away.

If you’re going to be gaming on the laptop, the glass trackpad and ergonomic keyboard are absolutely massive, it’s all dazzling in customizable LEDs, the screen’s gorgeous 4k, 360Hz display is lovely, and THX Spatial surround sound Audio 7.1 speakers pack a serious punch.

This will be familiar to PC gamers, but if, like me, you prefer the old-school console setup, an Xbox controller will sync just fine, and you can even just plug the Blade into your flatscreen via HDMI and sit there on your couch like you’re playing Dreamcast. Except, you know, you can have Sonic Adventure running in 4k, if you will.

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Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

Finally, you can have everything in one place.

Then take me to the glorious world of emulators. Now, emulation is legally obscure and we can’t advise using illegal roms (and there are perfectly legal ways to emulate your old video games, of course). But, let’s say you wanted to set up a “console” where all your Xbox games could sit neatly alongside all your Sega Genesis games, and you could switch between Infinite Halo and VectorMan without even having to get off the sofa. Even better, say you didn’t want to wait for Capcom to bring Marvel vs. Capcom 2 back to consoles (will it ever happen?). With apps like Launch boxwhich gathers and organizes everything of your games into a tidy collection, the possibilities are endless.

Since owning a PS4 or PS5 is required to play PS Remote, Sony is the outlier here, but I don’t think that will be the case for too long. The long-running console company offers its biggest, formerly PS-exclusive titles like Marvel’s Spiderman And so on, God of War: Ragnarok, at the computer. This could very well mean that, soon, many PS games could take place directly on a PC. Which is crazy to imagine. I don’t know Sony’s business model, but now that I have the Blade 15, I’m not complaining. It just makes it less complicated.

And the games should not be complicated. It’s already an expensive hobby – games now cost over $60 and consoles are rapidly creeping into the thousand dollar range. If you’ve got the dough to make a $1,700 one-time purchase (or $2,999, for the beefed-up version), the Razer Blade 15 really could be the mega-console laptop for everything of your gaming needs. For years to come. It’s a powerful machine, and well worth the investment.

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