Elgato's just-announced Stream Deck puts the tactile macro buttons seen in use by news production crews into the hands of streamers. The deck seems to function like a macro keyboard on steroids, with configurable graphics for each button, along with visual and tactile feedback for button presses.
The Stream Deck has 15 buttons that can be used to access up to 210 different actions, reducing the need to memorize keyboard shortcuts. Elgato intends for streamers to be able to change audio and video streams and settings on-the-fly, and add special effects. Extra features include the ability to add pictures, audio, and video clips mid-stream without using the machine's main keyboard.
The Deck's product page touts integration with "Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream, and more," but stops short of saying that the device can be configured to work with any application the user desires. Elgato says the Deck can be easily customized by dragging and dropping actions onto keys. Users can also drag and drop actions into folders and create custom icons for actions.
The Stream Deck measures 4.6" x 3.3" x 0.8" (12 cm x 8.4 cm x 2.1 cm) and weighs 6.7 oz. (190 g). The box connects to the host PC via a USB 2.0 connection and doesn't need a power supply. Windows 10 and macOS 10.11 or later are the only supported operating systems. The Deck is packaged with a three-foot (1 m) USB cable and an adjustable stand. The device is scheduled to go on sale in May for a reasonable-sounding $150.
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