Project Sophia: Razer’s Wild Gaming PC Desktop Concept Is Why CES Was Designed


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This story is part of THOSE, where CNET covers the latest news on the most amazing technology to come.

Razer is still bringing its powerful set of prototypes to THOSE. In recent years, we’ve seen triple screen laptops, modular desktops, and laptops with retractable touchpads. Most of these concepts never become actual products, but it’s a fun showcase for interesting future tech ideas.

For CES 2022, the now required Razer prototype is called Project Sophia, which the company calls a “gaming desktop concept.” I’m used to throwing the tires at least from these one-off projects, but showing a prototype at a widely distant event is more difficult. So far, all I’ve seen are some 3D render footage of the concept and a short video clip.

Still, it looks interesting, and exactly like the kind of expensive executive-level toy that I could never afford or fit into my Brooklyn apartment.

The massive desk is modular, with the ability to swap out components and features as needed. In the sample images, it’s attached to a massive 65-inch OLED display, frankly too big to sit that close. But that’s why this is a 3D render of a concept – you can do whatever you want if you don’t actually build it.

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Insert additional modules into your smart office.

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According to Razer, the desktop can support up to 13 swappable modules. The company says, “This allows each section to be configured with a range of task-specific components, such as secondary displays, system monitoring tools, touch-sensitive shortcut panels, pen tablets and units. audio mixer, or even external capture cards. ”

The concept is powered by its own integrated Intel processor and Nvidia GPU, both housed in a small chassis that magnetically attaches to the bottom of the glass desk. This makes it more of a companion computing device than a desk, as even the most advanced standing or gaming desks don’t need their own processor.

What kind of extensions can you trade with Sophia? Razer says they can include touchscreen digitizers, cameras and microphones, THX audio modules, wireless chargers, or even a cup warmer. Because this is a Razer product, it naturally supports Chroma Lighting, which is the color coordinated lighting system that works on almost all Razer products.

Will we ever see the Sophia project in real life? Probably not. But are more advanced offices becoming more important, especially in a home or hybrid work world? Definitely yes. I’d love to see some of these ideas end up in worksurfaces or accessories that make our desks a smarter part of our workspaces.


Robert P. Miller