Razer CEO unable to get major OEMs on board with open hardware model.
By Tim Colwill on March 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm
According to Min-Liang Tan, the biggest problem facing getting the modular, open-architecture Project Christine off the ground is that major PC hardware manufacturers simply don’t want to be a part of it.
“The problem is the PC market, at this point of time, just doesn’t reward innovation. It rewards commoditization,” said Tan to Polygon. “It rewards mediocre, shitty project because it’s become this vicious cycle of sorts. Anyone who tries to innovate, like for Christine, everybody wants it, but they all want it to be immediately at commodity pricing.”
“And that’s the thing, we’re trying to encourage the rest of the OEMs, and we’re literally telling them, ‘Look, we’re not going to make a cent out of this. We just want to be part of an ecosystem; we’re happy to open this up to everyone to do that.’”
Tan went on to say that he was even willing to share design schematics with third parties for no cost, just to get the system going.
“It’s got to be open. It’s got to be stuff that you can swap out modules and stuff like that because we won’t always have the best, for example, say, sound module.”
“So, I believe that Christine, to be perfect, the utopian ideal is really an entirely open system, and at least, I’m not saying that every OEM should take on, immediately, but I think at least three to five OEMs together, we could make a huge difference to the entire PC landscape.”