We got our first look at Razer’s Project Christine at CES earlier this year. The idea behind the system is to store all of the computers components in modular slots. If a user wanted to upgrade a certain part they would just replace the modular slot with a new one. Well it has been a while since CES and it looks like Razer is having trouble getting OEM’s to buy into the concept.
In an interview with Polygon on March 18, Razer CEO Min Liang Tan said that his company was having trouble getting other OEMs to buy into the concept. “I throw it out there to talk to the OEMs about it. That’s really the final piece of the puzzle,” Min told Polygon. “Everything else has pretty much been done. All they ask about is, ‘How much money can I make out of this?’ They’re not interested in innovation at all.”
But speaking to Maximum PC on Wednesday, Min said that Razer is still working to make the project a reality.
“We do believe that for Project Christine to be a success, it will require global OEMs to come together to push innovation in the PC forward instead of obsessing over short term profits,” Min said to the magazine. “Like the many other projects within Razer, we take a long term view on innovation and Project Christine is definitely still in the works.”
So it looks like the fate of Project Christine is in the hands of OEMs. Razer does not want to make a closed platform, they want it to be open so they need OEM’s to make compatible components.
I would say if we don’t see Project Christine at Computex in June that it is dead.