Razer teases Chroma RGB lighting system

August 14, 2014 // 11:35 a.m.

Tags: #backlighting #blackwidow #blackwidow-ultimate #chroma #deathadder #gaming-peripherals #kraken-71 #peripherals #razer-chroma #rgb #rgb-led

Razer has announced that it is going full-spectrum on its next-generation peripherals, upgrading its devices to support customisable RGB LED lighting with user-definable colours from a 16.7 million-strong selection.

Dubbed Chroma, the new RGB LED lighting is to appear in Razer's 2015/2016 product line beginning with updated versions of the company's BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, DeathAdder mouse, and Kraken 7.1 headset. Chroma isn't just about the use of RGB LEDs, though, as it comes with a software driving system that promises to enable multiple effects: spectrum cycling, which runs through all 16.7 million possible colours; breathing, a soft pulsing animation; static colours, with each individual key on the BlackWidow Ultimate being individually addressable and configurable; and reactive, custom and wave settings for the BlackWidow Ultimate - along with the option for developers to supply presets that, for example, highlight important keys for a particular game.

'Our new range of peripherals that feature Chroma customisable backlighting is another step towards full personal customisation and to interconnect our gaming tech,' crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and chief executive, at the unveiling. 'Chroma represents more than just multicolour, it opens up limitless personalisation options for gamers to play with - and we even have a Chroma Software Developer Kit for game developers to integrate their games to provide even more customisation in the future.'

The first Chroma-enabled products will be available from Razer starting in September this year, the company has claimed, while the software development kit will launch some time later this year. More details are available on the official website.
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