Train2Game News Razer Kiyo Pro Webcam

Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers (Hong Kong Stock Code: 1337), today announced the Razer Kiyo Pro, a USB camera with a high-performance Adaptive Light Sensor to deliver market-leading image fidelity, even in low-light conditions.

Combining an ultra-sensitive CMOS sensor with STARVIS™ technology, the Kiyo Pro brings a professional level of image quality to video conferencing and streaming.

With working from home now being a large part of professional life, the demand for better image quality on video calls is greater than ever. Built-in laptop cameras lack the resolution and framerates for professional looking conference calls and most webcams struggle to cope with less-than-ideal lighting, giving a dim, blurry video image which can impact a professional presentation. The Kiyo Pro solves these issues with a high-performance Adaptive Light Sensor, providing superior imaging under almost any lighting conditions.

“For both video conferencing and streaming, smooth and crystal-clear video quality under any lighting conditions is a vital part of the experience,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s peripherals business unit. “The Kiyo Pro, with its fantastic low-light performance, is ideal for those working from home who want to impress their customers and colleagues, and for streamers wanting to entertain their audience with a bright, vibrant image.”
 

Advanced Imaging. Absolute Fidelity.

At the heart of the new Kiyo Pro is the advanced Type 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS™ technology. STARVIS™ is a back-illuminated pixel technology, used in surveillance camera CMOS sensors, to create high quality images from visible and near infrared light regions. By incorporating this technology into the Kiyo Pro, video conference calls will have a consistently bright, clear image, even under a wide variety of typical work-from-home lighting conditions such as dim rooms, harsh lighting, backlighting or just screen lighting.

The Kiyo Pro is capable of uncompressed full HD 1080p 60FPS, for unsurpassed image fidelity and detail. The HDR 30FPS mode ramps up the dynamic range, correcting under or over exposed areas on the fly, eliminating silhouetting if the subject is lit from behind, for vibrant colors and even lighting, across the whole image.

The wide-angle lens on the Kiyo Pro gives a choice of three fields of view: 103°, 90° or 80°, making it ideal for video conferencing or streaming. The 103° view is wide enough to include everyone in a group video call or allow stream viewers to clearly see live activities, while the 80° view is perfect for professional headshot view or an engaging facecam window on gaming streams.

Flexible and fast

The Kiyo Pro has a range of extra features to adapt to any set-up and situation. With flexible mounting options for monitor, tabletop or tripod mounting, the Kiyo Pro can be positioned perfectly for use as a streaming camera regardless of the space available. The wide field of view and tripod mounting make the Kiyo Pro ideal for group conference calls, and its 16bit, omni-directional stereo microphone array ensures all participants’ voices are picked up.

For maximum uncompressed video performance, the Kiyo Pro utilizes a USB 3.0 connection to pass a 5GB/s signal. A separate privacy cover is included to both protect the lens and assure user privacy when not in use.

For more information on the Razer Kiyo Pro, please see here.

Train2Game News Razer Launches Star Wars PC Peripherals

RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today introduced a special collection of Imperial Stormtrooper-inspired peripherals in collaboration with the beloved Star Wars brand.

This new collection includes the Razer BlackWidow Lite mechanical keyboard, the Razer Atheris wireless mouse, and the Razer Goliathus Extended gaming mouse mat – all now available in a stylish white and black Stormtrooper themed edition.

Donning the iconic stormtrooper design, the Razer BlackWidow Lite mechanical keyboard and Atheris wireless mouse are built for productivity and performance, tuned for both the office and home environments. The Star Wars-themed Razer Goliathus Extended gaming mouse mat completes the set with a massive surface area for intense work sessions and high-adrenaline gaming.

“Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon with a rich history not only in cinema but also in gaming,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.

“We are excited to join forces with Lucasfilm to create this special collection for our biggest fans and to bring the design of the saga’s most iconic characters to gaming peripherals.”

For Star Wars aficionados, the new stormtrooper themed peripherals are must-haves to bring order to any desktop collection.

Discover the entire Star Wars family of products here:
www.razer.com/campaigns/stormtrooper.

Train2Game News Valentines Razer Line

RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today unveiled the latest high-performance gaming gear and accessories to be given the popular Quartz Pink treatment.

This includes:
• Razer Basilisk mouse
• Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma mouse mat
• Razer Huntsman keyboard
• Razer Kraken headset
• Razer Raiju Tournament Edition controller for PS4
• Razer Seiren X microphone
• Razer Base Station Chroma headset stand
• Quartz case for Razer Phone 2

Razer’s Quartz Pink colorway was first launched in 2018 to the delight of gamers, streamers and influencers worldwide.

With a humble lineup of 4 peripherals to choose from, it was the beginning of a ‘pink phenomenon’.

Fans on the quest for Quartz began to refresh their setups with bold color themes – balancing power in pink. We’ve paid attention. With more than double the gear available this year, one can enjoy a new series that lets you stand out even further from the crowd…in style.

“Our fans told us they could not get enough of our Quartz Pink editions,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We listened and we have given the stunning pink treatment to our latest gaming gear, giving you the unfair advantage in both performance and looks.”

Discover the entire Quartz family here: https://www.razer.com/quartz.

Train2Game News Wrestler Tag Teams with Razer

RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced its partnership with Kenny Omega, one of the highest rated professional wrestlers of all time and the current International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) heavyweight champion in Japan.

Under this partnership, Kenny Omega will represent Razer as a gaming lifestyle ambassador in public events and campaigns. An avid fighting game player, his top product choices include the Razer Panthera Evo fight stick and Razer Thresher Ultimate headset for PlayStation 4.

“I’ve always been a supporter of Razer and their products, so joining their team is really exciting,” said Omega. “To rise to the next level in wrestling or gaming, a true support system is needed, and that’s where Team Razer comes in. Their top-quality devices and fashion-forward gear are the best on the market, and I’m proud to be working with a company whose motto is ‘for gamers, by gamers’ that is just as driven to win as I am.”

Over his 18-year career, Omega starred in wrestling leagues all over the world, including Premier Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Omega’s many recent achievements include 13 Match of the Year awards in Japan. He is the only foreigner to ever win the prestigious G1 tournament in Japan, and was named “Wrestler of the Year” by Sports Illustrated in 2017.

In addition to wrestling, Omega is also a long-time aficionado of anime and video games, and he is a huge fan of “Street Fighter.” Earlier this year at E3 2018, he triumphed over WWE Superstar Xavier Woods in a high-octane “Street Fighter: Arcade Edition” showdown.

Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, said: “Esports is becoming so mainstream that today’s pro-gamers can come from anywhere. Kenny Omega is a great addition to Team Razer’s roster of elite athletes, and I can’t wait to see him dominate the competition both in the ring and in gaming.”

For more information on Team Razer visit https://www.razer.com/team.

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Train2Game News Razer Cortex Gamecaster

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Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced Razer Cortex: Gamecaster the most intuitive live-streaming software dedicated to gamers.

Users will be able to live broadcast their gaming sessions to networks such as Azubu, Twitch, and YouTube Live. Razer Cortex: Gamecaster enters its closed beta phase on December 16 and will be fully available to the public on January 28.

Gamecaster is integrated into the Razer Cortex free gaming software and will be rolled out to the 10 million Razer Cortex users in an update at the end of the closed beta.

A simple and discrete in-game interface allows gamers to initiate streaming in a few steps without having to worry about intricate configurations thanks to self-adjusting auto settings that take into account the user’s hardware and internet bandwidth for an optimal broadcast.

Razer Cortex: Gamecaster doesn’t require any technical knowledge to operate, making it an incredibly accessible live-streaming software designed specifically for gamers. Hotkey combinations grant instant access to core features such as broadcasting, local recording, saving a screenshot or switching on a webcam at any moment during a play session.

Razer Cortex: Gamecaster is the latest entry into Razer’s suite of products for streamers, sitting alongside the Razer Seiren microphone and the upcoming Intel RealSense supported webcam for streamers.

From the December 16 to January 28 users can sign up for the closed beta of the new feature to become the first gamers to try out the easiest live streaming software designed specifically for gamers.

To sign up for the beta users simply need to head over to www.razerzone.com/cortex/gamecaster/beta and sign up using their Razer ID Credentials. The first 5,000 users to sign up will be granted instant access, with successive waves of tester slots being opened up during the course of the closed beta.

Gamecaster will allow users to broadcast gameplay free of charge and watermarks at resolutions of up to 720p. Streaming above 720p is also made available to free users with an unobtrusive Razer watermark showing up on their broadcast.

The paid Pro version of Razer Cortex: Gamecaster unlocks all features including watermark free broadcasting at any resolution, webcam green screen effect, onscreen annotations, in-game Twitch chat and more.

“Gamers are coming up to be some of the best content creators on the internet with followings over the tens of millions of fans,” Says Min-Liang Tan, Razer Co-founder and CEO. “With Razer Cortex: Gamecaster we truly offer the easiest to use solution for the gamer who wants to take the first steps into live broadcasting and building a following of their own.”

Train2Game News Lenovo and Razer team up

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At DreamHack Winter 2015 today, Lenovo (HKSE:992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Razer revealed their first-ever gaming desktop prototype that will officially launch at CES (Consumer Electronics Show®) 2016.

The two companies announced that together they will co-brand and co-market special Razer Edition models of Lenovo’s Y series gaming devices – marrying  the manufacturing, supply chain and channel relationships of Lenovo, the world’s number one PC maker, with the immersive technology and deep expertise of Razer, a leading company in connected gaming devices and software for gamers.

PC gaming today offers a rich and immersive experience – thanks in part to cutting-edge graphics performance, superior processing power, and peripherals designed specifically for gaming. Lenovo will employ its system design and engineering expertise, while Razer will enhance the immersive experience for gamers. All forthcoming Lenovo Razer Edition products will be co-branded and reflect the edgy Lenovo Y series look and feel with iconic Razer elements like customizable Chroma lighting effects.

Razer matches Lenovo’s scale and broad appeal with a high-touch dedication to the gaming community. Lenovo and Razer will be offering Y series Razer Edition products to Lenovo’s extensive global reach and Razer’s core gamer communities. Additionally, both companies are looking to jointly double down efforts to fast track the development of new technologies, including gaming experience enhancements.

The Lenovo and Razer strategic partnership will extend to multiple new designs and products and the companies will also explore potential cross-selling opportunities in the near future.

“We are thrilled to partner with Razer and bring out the best from both companies to deliver a better, more immersive gaming experience for customers,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Workstation BU, Gaming and Industry Solutions, Lenovo. “While we bring to the table our engineering expertise, design muscle and scale, Razer adds in the finesse and experience of serving the gaming community for the last decade. We believe our partnership is a strong first step that will lead to the delivery of winning PC gaming solutions and a brand new experience to our customers.”

Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said, “This agreement opens opportunities to advance the gaming lifestyle through world-class product in unprecedented ways. Lenovo is the world’s #1 PC maker. Razer is the world’s #1 gaming lifestyle brand. Together we have the passion, insight and operational capabilities to delight and empower the PC gaming community worldwide.”

To receive updates regarding the Lenovo and Razer partnership, register at http://rzr.to/LRE.

Train2Game News Open Source Virtual Reality gains more support

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Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics, a leader in high-performance VR, today announced additional partners for the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem.

Since its award-winning announcement at CES 2015, OSVR has signed 13 new members, including Jaunt, a pioneering company in cinematic VR. Other companies are in talks with Razer and Sensics.

“The reception of OSVR exceeded even our own expectations and we’re working through numerous partner requests since CES,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Being able to bring together companies doing amazing work in all areas of virtual reality can accelerate consumer-ready devices and improve overall user experiences.”

OSVR aims to standardize the creation and enjoyment of content for virtual reality devices and software. Razer and Sensics will support the venture with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.

For the full list of OSVR supporters and more information, go to www.osvr.com.

Train2Game News Open Platform VR Gaming

osvr-logoA group of industry leaders, alongside with Razer, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics, a leader in high-performance VR, today announced the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, a new standard in VR gaming to push the VR gaming experience forward.

Razer will support the venture with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.

OSVR provides both hardware and software support at every level of virtual reality gaming. Starting with some of the most popular game engines, including Unity and Unreal Engine 4, OSVR also works with device plugins from hardware market leaders like Bosch and Razer and the latest from Sixense and LeapMotion. Moreover, OSVR is designed to support all VR devices, including the Oculus DK 2 and Vrvana’s Totem headset.

Engineering teams from all over the world developed a standardized interface for virtual reality gaming. The open platform will allow third parties to design and build their own apps and hardware across any operating systems, including Windows, Android and Linux.

“Gaming is moving towards the virtual reality platform and this poses huge benefits and challenges to gamers at every level,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “OSVR brings game developers, gamers and hardware manufacturers together to solve those challenges and make virtual reality gaming a reality for the masses.”

Says Sensics CEO Yuval Boger: “OSVR’s open-platform approach accelerates innovation and provides consumers the freedom of choosing the best combination of hardware and software components. We are excited to partner with Razer and other industry leaders to build OSVR together.”

In line with the OSVR vision, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit hardware design is both affordable and open source to encourage developers to take advantage of the program. To make software development even easier, the OSVR HDK includes high-quality, low-distortion optics that practically eliminate the need for color and distortion correction, thus minimizing the amount of additional development work required for OSVR compared to other VR devices. Anyone can download 3D files and create their own set of VR-Glasses. For more information on how that works, visit www.osvr.com.

“The OGA is committed to an open ecosystem for the gaming industry, and is pleased to support the efforts of the OSVR,” said Drew Johnston, president of the Open Gaming Alliance. “A free, open source VR development solution supporting multiple headset manufacturers, diverse game engines, and multiple platforms is exactly what game developers and publishers need to accelerate VR gaming adoption.”

Train2Game News: Razer developing Xbox One accessories

Razer_green_logoRazer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced its ongoing partnership with Microsoft will include development of new products for Microsoft´s record setting Xbox One console.

A suite of products for the Xbox One, including a controller, arcade stick and more, will be made by Razer, which also produced a popular line of premium accessories for the Xbox 360.

“Razer is dedicated to improving the overall experience from the games themselves to the player, be it console or PC,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “By working with a company as prestigious as Microsoft on a system as sought-after as the Xbox One, we’ll be able to accomplish just that. This is an exciting time for the hundreds of millions of gamers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

With this announcement and the previous announcement of Project Christine and the Razer Nabu, Razer are definitely on their way up in the development world.

Products, pricing and release dates will be unveiled in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.razerzone.com.

Train2Game News: New Razer tech impresses at CES

Project ChristineRazer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, took top honors at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the third consecutive year with its modular PC concept Project Christine and the wearable Razer Nabu smartband.

Project Christine earned “Best PC” distinctions from Engadget, the official awards partner at CES. Concurrently, the Razer Nabu was selected as Engadget´s “People´s Choice” by way of an open public vote. This is the third year in a row that Razer walked away with a “Best of CES” win, including “People´s Voice” in 2012, and “Best of Show,” “Best Gaming” and “People´s Voice” in 2013.

“Razer is not just a gaming company – we are a company that designs products for gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Our continued success at CES really speaks to the gaming lifestyle as a global phenomenon. We´re just a start-up, but our worldwide community of gamers and what we do for them positions us shoulder-to-shoulder -albeit uniquely – with the largest tech companies in the world.”

Selected by Engadget´s editorial team, Project Christine is a revolutionary new PC concept design. It will allow a user to build and customize a computer without advanced technical knowledge – a PC for everyone. As new upgrades come to the market, the PC can be easily and quickly upgraded without assistance or the fear of incompatibility or obsolescence. Project Christine´s modular design allows users to select and install modules on-the-fly, whether it´s a CPU, GPU, or memory and storage configuration, all in a liquid-cooled environment. The result is an ultimately modular, upgradable and powerfully silent computer that can run on any operating platform.

Engadget´s People´s Choice of CES was awarded to Razer for its Nabu smartband, a product in an entirely new category for the company, built on an open platform that delivers smartphone notifications, collects physical data and communicates with other users´ bands, all from one´s wrist. The Nabu tracks fitness data, location, sleep data, and biometric information (such as distance traveled and stairs climbed), all on an opt-in basis. Additionally, the Razer Nabu incorporates a social component, offering band-to-band active and passive communication, so users can find nearby friends, mutual acquaintances and more.

The Razer Nabu won the Popular Mechanics Editor´s Choice Award, the Tom´s Guide Readers´ Choice Award, and the Digital Trend´s Best of CES in the Sports and Fitness category. Project Christine won Tom´s Hardware´s Best of CES in the Outside the Box category, and PCWorld and TechHive´s Best of CES Award in the Best Prototype category.

If you would like to know more about Razer and their products you can visit www.razerzone.com