I am sure that if you stream, you may feel as through you have a good set up. Razer has gone out of their way to show everyone the right way to do it.
Our tour of the Razer stand started at the broadcasters station. At it various tech for casters and streamers was on show. Headlining the booth was the rather nifty little webcam perched on the top of the screen; At $250 was the Stargazer. It is quite common for casters to present themselves on camera as they play. In order to include advertising, or simply to overlay themselves directly on the gameplay, players frequently use green screens. Razer has taken to dual camera technology to help streamers remove the requirement for the bulky extras normally used. There are added benefits that come alongside this tech, for example, it can also be used for 3d modelling and motion based games. Also demonstrated in this area was the Ripsaw capture card and the Streamer Pro mics.
Moving around the low tables we advanced onto the two Razer Blade laptops; one 15″($1549) and one 17″ ($2999). Both of these laptops are said to offer exceptional battery life in combination with decent power. It was the smaller and the weaker of the two that happened to grab my attention. What made it so special was that its main weakness was transformed into a strength via the Core External Graphics Cards box. During the day it is an unassuming laptop which writes news articles, but when the need beckons it throws on it’s spandex and becomes a powerhouse capable of running all the high-end VR headsets. If you have an unassuming laptop of your own, you too would be able to slip into some of this spandex. The external GPU case will be offered for individual sale at around $500. Something that could be useful if you have a few computers you want to level up.
Talking about cases, Razer has partnered with Antec to produce the Cube. This little box might look simple from the outside, but it is even better on the inside. It not only carries the normal air filters with easy access cleaning, but all the outside walls can be popped off without having to worry about screws.
Naturally, the time that you will most need a lappy is when you are travelling. It is still considered somewhat uncouth to blast music or games noise in public and to help reduce this menace they have further developed their range of gaming headsets. The Kraken V2 was the first headset we were shown and it really impressed me at first glance. It moves away from some of the flimsy feeling materials used in older products and is instead a really solid bit of engineering. Metal is used to reinforce areas that experience repeated and frequent movement, and it makes it feel good. It also uses the same collapsible mic as the Man-o-war which is nice and compact.
Jumping over the the mice we get to give the Deathadder Elite a quick test drive. I must be getting old, but I often cherish the thought of not just flexibility, but simplicity. The Death Adder promises both. It feels firm and it feels solid, especially with the improved clicking mechanism. When combined with the other Chroma accessories your desk/table turns into a disco. There are lights everywhere flashing all the colours of the rainbow. It is an amazing site, one which I am sure I would eventually tire of, but until then give me the lights.
The mechanical Keyboards on offer also look really good. As players have moved away from the cheaper style of keyboards, Razer have started to explore the different ways they can help players transition into some of the higher level gear. The new DeathStalker, takes this to a nice middle ground. It offers a hybrid solution which is partially mechanical and partially membrane based in its structure. This means that it is not quite so challenging for people moving into the mechanical world. As an added bonus it also claims to run with a 40 million keystroke count.
Finally we finished up by taking a peek as a new open source project run by Razer called the OSVR. This project is all about creating a community supported VR headset. While it may only offer a seated or standing experience at the moment, there are a few tricks up its sleeve. The single largest of which is the forward facing camera. This camera, much like the ones used in the Stargazer, is able to pick up player movement. It could then be used to watch the players hands and interpret then into movement in the games. Quite cool. There is a catch to OSVR and that is the need to be quite tech savvy to be able to set it up on your PC.
With that our time was up. We were able to see a whole heap of stuff that shows to me at least that PC gaming is moving in the right direction. There is power and a range of choice that means that this market is looking stronger than ever. A big thanks has to go to the Razer Team who showed us their hardware. Cheers Chaps!