Razer’s Stream Controller takes on the Stream Deck for $269.99

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Razer takes on Elgato’s Stream Deck with the launch of its new Stream Controller. The $269.99 touchscreen device is designed to sit on a desk next to a keyboard and allow content creators – or anyone, really – to quickly launch shortcuts and control hardware and software on a PC.

If you’re a regular Twitch viewer, chances are the streamer you’re watching uses Elgato’s Stream Deck to control every aspect of their stream. The Stream Deck has become so popular in the streaming world that Elgato has even launched a footswitch so you can control your PC with your feet. Razer now wants to be part of that side of PC gaming with the Stream Controller.

Razer’s Flow Controller has dials for controlling audio.
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Razer’s Flow Controller is designed primarily for live content creation, with 12 haptic LCD touch keys and three tactile analog dials on either side of the screen. There are also eight programmable buttons at the bottom that can be used to switch between different layouts or launch commands. Those extra dials really separate it from the Stream Deck, which is basically a large LCD screen with customizable touch buttons.

The 12 main switch keys on Razer’s Flow Controller can be programmed to trigger commands or macros, with customizable icons and the ability to adjust the haptic feedback you get from pressing a key on the touchscreen. The analog dials are designed to adjust the audio levels of your mic, music, etc. You can also use swipe gestures to access more keys.

If any of this sounds familiar, that’s because Razer partnered with Loupedeck to create the Flow Controller. It’s essentially a rebranded version of the Loupedeck Live, and it’s all powered by Loupedeck’s own software – not Razer’s Synapse. Flow Controller will work with macOS and Windows.


Operation of the flow controller interface.
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If you want to use it for more than just streaming, there will be native plug-ins for apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and After Effects. Naturally, you’ll also be able to control Philips Hue or Spotify lights using the Stream Controller. Where things get interesting on the software side is the ability to automatically switch profiles based on your active application. If you open Photoshop, you can have the flow controller show a set of shortcuts and quick access to tools. Once you return to OBS, all of your Twitch stream controls return instantly.

Loupedeck has already impressed with its editing consoles for creatives, and with Razer’s backing, the Stream Controller looks like an intriguing alternative to the Stream Deck. Pre-orders for the $269.99 Flow Controller begin today, and Razer says the device will ship sometime this fall.

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