Razer Announces New Set of Streaming Hardware For Up and Coming Broadcasters
Several years ago, live streams and let’s plays were seen as little more than a niche business and the idea of making a living off Twitch or YouTube was often seen as a waste of time. However, things have changed in recent. Now there are plenty of people who make a living via providing gaming content on YouTube, Twitch or their personal websites. Watch enough of these personalities, and you’ll find that many of them, no matter their content or style, seem to have one thing in common, technical issues. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen streams delayed due to issues with mics or webcams, but Razer is looking to change that.
Razer has been a fixture of the PC gaming industry for some time now. They’ve created both hardware and peripherals and are currently working on making an entry into the smartphone market so it is not surprising that they’ve managed to make webcams and microphones look cool again. At Twitchcon, the company announced their broadcaster focused mic and headphones.
The Razer Seiren X is a lightweight, compact, device that Razer promises will offer “professional grade” quality. On the surface, the Seiren X appears pretty minimalistic, but it does offer one neat feature. Unlike most mics, which require an external shock mount, the Serien X features a built-in shock mount which should reduce the noise from vibrations.
The second major announcement Razer made was for the Razer Kiyo webcam. To be blunt, this is the one that Razer really needs to knock out of the park. Our(admittedly limited) experience with webcams have shown them to be a mess of subpar hardware and frustrating software. Doubtless, there are better options for professionals out there then what we have used, but none are perfect. If Razer is capable of providing easy to use quality hardware with strong software then they’ll be ahead of a lot of the competition.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.