Razer's modular PC project 'not entirely promising' without OEM support

Razer's Project Christine — a subscription-based modular PC project first announced at CES earlier this year — is failing to take off without support from original equipment manufacturers, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told TechRadar.

Project Christine is unlikely to be available for sale soon, according to Tan, because although Razer has been in conversation with OEMs to build equipment for the project, not many are willing to take a gamble on something new and untested.

"The challenge is that it's not something we'd like to undertake alone," Tan said. "We've had conversations with OEMs. It's not entirely promising right now because OEMs are excited about pushing products and not really innovating on that front.

"We've had good conversations," he added. "We'll have announcements through the end of the year. We're hoping to get two to three OEM partners on board."

In March, Tan expressed to Polygon the difficulties of bringing other companies on board with Project Christine, noting that this lack of support for innovating, new products could be why the industry is focused on high returns.

"We're trying to talk to some of the other PC manufacturers about it because I think the difference for us is that we are really focused on our user, right," Tan told us at the time. "We've been trying to speak to other OEMs and I think the response has been generally, 'OK, what's the forecast for this? How many units are you going to ship? What are the margins?' and stuff like that where we're being very open with them to say, 'Look, we don't know.'"

Razer wants its customizable, consumer-tailored PC to be an open platform and is not planning to lock the hardware down with any one company anytime soon, rather hoping to cut deals with a handful of companies.

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