Razer’s Stream Controller is targeting Elgato Stream Deck fans

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Razer Flow Controller

Video games aren’t just a lucrative industry for the companies that make the games; now you can make a good living playing them, too. Making a Twitch stream as professional as possible is an easy way to attract viewers and sponsorships, which usually means investing in equipment such as Elgato Stream Deck. Razer decided it wanted a slice of that market too and teams up with Loupedeck for another streaming deck option with more knobs and buttons.

Go behind the scenes of any live TV show, and you’ll find a room full of giant monitors, mixers and switches panels that seem straight out of NASA’s mission control facilities. They need a talented team of engineers to make a broadcast seamless and professional, but streaming controllers can simplify the process for live streamers, who are usually sitting in front of a camera in front of a computer by themselves while playing a game.

These multi-button devices are usually fully customizable and reprogrammable, and they provide quick access to functions such as transitioning between cameras and other video sources, applying various effects such as graphic overlays, changing lighting and even mixing audio for games, music and microphones. They are essentially miniature broadcast studios, and while the Elgato Stream Deck sells for $200, the new Razer Flow Controller is a bit more expensive at $270, but adds a lot additional features.

Elgato’s Stream Deck features a 15-button grid with tiny LCD screens, allowing their Customizable labels and images for easy differentiation, while the Razer Flow Controller features a larger touchscreen split into 12 separate buttons and two larger control panels on either side thanks to a plastic overlay on top . The buttons and panels can all be customized for different functions, but the touchscreen functionality adds additional controls through swipe gestures, while the haptic response makes each feel like a real button, for easier use without having to look away from a camera.

Razer Flow Controller

In addition to the touchscreen buttons, the Razer Stream Controller includes six dial controllers for making fine adjustments to blends, volume, or even light intensity, as well as eight physical buttons to which other functions can be assigned., including switching between different workspaces based on current controller usage. Its functionality can also be extended beyond streaming with plug-ins for applications such as Adobe’s various editing tools and Spotify, turning the bridge into a custom controller with specialized shortcuts for those applications.

If the Flow Controller looks oddly familiar to you, that’s because Razer has teamed up with Loupedeck to rebrand that company’s existing one. Loupedeck Live Stream Controller, the Razer version still based on Loupedeck’s customization software. However, a Razer Key Light Chroma plugin will be available for this, allowing the flow controller’s LED lighting to be customized in true Razer style. You can buy the Loupedeck Live right now, but for the Razer Stream Controller, you’ll have to wait until later this fall to get it under your fingertips.

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