Elgato Stream Deck promises smoother streaming experience


Video capture hardware maker Elgato has unveiled the Elgato Stream Deck, a live streaming-focused desktop keyboard that maps common streaming functions to customizable LED buttons.

The Stream Deck is designed to take the guesswork out of streaming, as tools like Open Broadcaster Software often hide key features behind layers of menus and customization options. Elgato’s solution eliminates the need for streamers to struggle with software, as the Stream Deck promises full control over streaming content through a touchscreen interface.

Elgato previously produced Elgato Systems Game Capture HD, a device that allows gamers to capture and stream live gameplay footage from modern consoles. The company then introduced the Elgato HD60, which boosts video quality up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, making it the capture card of choice for many streamers.

While apps like Elgato’s Open Broadcaster Software and Game Capture HD are designed to make it easy to stream gameplay footage live, their complex interfaces often leave novice streamers baffled when problems arise. Elgato hopes to solve this problem with its Stream Deck, which maps many aspects of the live streaming experience to physical keys in a transparent and easy-to-understand interface.

Promising compatibility with “Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream and more”, the Elgato Stream Deck allows streamers to instantly access features such as scene switching and media playback with the push of a single button LED. These buttons can be further refined by assigning custom functions and labels to suit any streamer’s personal style.

“One-touch touch operation lets you switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio, and more, while visual feedback confirms your every command,” Elgato said. “Traditionally, this level of control has been exclusive to mainstream entertainment broadcasters. Now it’s at your fingertips.

Elgato continues, “Customizing the Stream deck is effortless. Just drag and drop the actions onto the keys, and you’re good to go. Likewise, drag and hold one key over another to create a folder. Better yet, assign your keys custom icons to completely personalize them.

The Elgato Stream Deck launches on May 15 for a suggested retail price of $ 150.

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