Talks with OEMs continue, but progress on the ambitious project is slow.
Back in January at CES, Razer introduced a proof-of-concept chassis called Project Christine that seeks to revolutionize the very idea of the PC case by storing all of the computer’s components in modular slots.
In the world of Project Christine, any time a user wanted to upgrade a component of his machine all he would need to do is insert a new slot with the specific component. Such a concept would obviously require the cooperation of every major OEM, as they would have to work with Razer to integrate their specific components into Project Christine’s modular slots.
Understandably, OEMs have been hesitant to jump onboard. In an earlier interview with Polygon, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan chalked up delays with getting Christine to market solely on OEMs. “All they ask about is, ‘How much money can I make out of this?’ They’re not interested in innovation at all,” he said at the time.
Which led to speculation that the project was dead before arrival, which Min quickly rebuffed in March stating that the project was still “in the works.”
Fast forward to E3, and Min is holding to the party line that work is progressing but it’s still up to OEMs to push the project into the mainstream.
“Our entire design and engineering team is hyper-focused on bringing Project Christine to market. The biggest challenge for us is really making sure that we get most of the major OEMs together with us,” Min said in an interview with Maximum PC from E3. “We believe that Project Christine is more of an industry wide initiative that has to be done. It’s not just Razer.”
But Project Christine still lacks a release date, or an indication of a timeline to an official partnership announcement with an OEM.
“It’s still in the works. Don’t hold your breath, but it’s still in the works at this time.”
Source: Maximum PC