Elgato Stream Deck lets streamers play news desk

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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    • TwistedKestrel
    • 3 years ago

    Is this Optimus back from obscurity?

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      My first thought as well.

    • Clint Torres
    • 3 years ago

    I thought it was exclusively for streaming cat videos…in Spanish.

      • jihadjoe
      • 3 years ago

      Lucha libre announcer commentating kitty playtime? I’m subscribed!

    • hansmuff
    • 3 years ago

    That’s very cool. I want one just for mute/unmute, vol+/-, lock screen, a few apps etc. Programmable key display, adjustable stand, USB? I’m in.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, it’s an oddly specific and limited target market. I can think of lots of other niches — Photoshop / After-effects monkeys, for example, or even programmers — that could make use of this thing and are almost certainly larger in number than streamers. And the general-productivity case, as you describe, isn’t unreasonable at the cited price. Which makes this kind of lame:[quote<]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. [/quote<]Of course anything can be hacked, and will (unofficial Linux support is probably only a matter of time) but you'd think they'd want to open it to as many potential users as possible. Unless they're worried they're not going to be able to source enough of the fancy OLED(?) buttons. And I'm dubious about the price.

        • hansmuff
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah I emailed them and got a reply. There’s no API you can write your own customizer software against. So it might mean a lot of reverse engineering to get it to do what you want. Which is a real shame if the hardware is as good as it looks.

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