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Elgato announces Stream Deck customisable control surface

Elgato announces Stream Deck customisable control surface

Elgato's new Stream Deck offers 15 customisable keys, each with a dedicated LCD screen, to make streamers' streams more streamlined.

Streaming specialist Elgato has announced a control surface dubbed the Stream Deck, designed primarily to offer game streamers single-button access to various software features through customisable LCD-equipped buttons.

Clearly taking its inspiration from the Art Lebedev Optimus family of OLED-equipped keyboards, the Elgato Stream Deck sits somewhere between the three-button Optimus variant and the full-size keyboard version. The Stream Deck, designed for desktop use, boasts 15 buttons arranged in three rows of five with a dedicated LCD display behind each. The result: as well as providing shortcuts to commonly-used tasks and macros - up to 210, Elgato claims, if you make use of the sub-directory functionality - the device is able to change its layout under software control.

Elgato's focus, unsurprisingly, is on game streamers. The Deck comes with dedicated control software for Windows and macOS which is designed to tie in to popular streaming platforms and packages including Amazon's Twitch and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Social media functionality is also included, along with the ability to trigger macros which alter the outgoing stream - such as popping up an overlay at a button press.

The Stream Deck measures 118mm x 84mm x 21mm, and includes a simple adjustable stand should you want to run it at a steeper angle than the default. The device is entirely bus-powered via a metre-long USB cable, and is due to launch in May at a US manufacturer's suggested sale price of $149.95 (around £120 plus taxes.) More information is available on the company's official product page.

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Hex 24th March 2017, 12:10 Quote
This is one of those things that no streamer needs, but people sponsored by Elgato will show off and people starting out will think they have to have to succeed. It's really expensive for something you could use a numberpad for and get cheaper than £10. Nice if you're lazy and made of money, a bit pointless for the rest of us.

That being said I've never been won over by Elgato. I liked when they first arrived and gave every YouTuber who asked a free cap card as long as they made a video on it, but after that all their hardware and software has been a bit meh. Personally, I use AVerMedia products, but I am aware they're not a whole lot better, especially on the Support side these days :(
Anfield 24th March 2017, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hex
It's really expensive for something you could use a numberpad for and get cheaper than £10. Nice if you're lazy and made of money, a bit pointless for the rest of us.

Don't even need an extra device cluttering the desk and extra cable mess, Logitech G602, Corsair Scimitar Pro, Razer Naga Chroma MMO and so on to the rescue.

But in another way the keys changing what they show on that thing is useful as you could theoretically have them show different things while being used with different software, which makes it much easier to use than remembering what does what.

(of course it remains to be seen if Elgato is intelligent enough to make the software fully open so it can be used for everything and not just streaming related stuff).
Hex 24th March 2017, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anfield
Don't even need an extra device cluttering the desk and extra cable mess, Logitech G602, Corsair Scimitar Pro, Razer Naga Chroma MMO and so on to the rescue.
True.

I'm not totally against this device as I'm sure some people will love it, but I think it's way too expensive, especially in the UK. Hopefully, it will spawn some competition for those who feel if they don't have one they will die (or not be able to stream).
RedFlames 24th March 2017, 14:52 Quote
Wonder if it'd work as a cheap option instead of some of these pro 'control surfaces'. £120+VAT is considerably cheaper than something like this.
Wwhat 24th March 2017, 21:30 Quote
I wonder if it's just a standard LCD on top of which is the button layout. Instead of having a whole bunch of small LCD's, probably eh.
It seems quite responsive from a youtube I checked out. And for people who monetize youtube channels it's likely nothing to pay that money and convenient to have available, assuming it doesn't go bad quickly, and the software doesn't mess up their system.
jb0 27th March 2017, 09:51 Quote
Cute piece of desktop bling, but I am highly skeptical of its actual utility. I mean, at least ye olde Optimus was a full keyboard.
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