Razer, the rapidly diversifying gaming peripherals maker, has announced its entry into the world of streaming hardware with the launch of an external video capture card: the Razer Ripsaw.
Designed to connect to a Windows 7 or higher host system via USB 3.0, the Razer Ripsaw offers the ability to capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second from its HDMI input, or analogue signals from its component inputs. Regardless of source, the video is then passed through the system to an HDMI output for connection to an external display, while the host system can use packages including Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or XSplit to capture the footage for live streaming or local storage.
‘Razer has been involved with the streaming scene since the beginning of game broadcasting, with top streamers using our hardware through the ages to get the unfair gaming advantage in front of audiences,‘ crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s chief executive and and co-founder, of the launch. ‘We’re excited to design a game capture card that meets the exacting needs of broadcasters and to also give newcomers a perfect tool to help them possibly become the next Syndicate or Pewdiepie.‘
While it’s possible to capture video directly on a PC with no external hardware, the use of an external capture card can improve performance and also adds compatibility for capturing footage from games consoles and other external systems. Despite the additional hardware in the 130mm x 86mm x 17mm black box, however, the Ripsaw’s system requirements are pretty demanding: the capture system will need an Intel Core i5-4440 or better processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or better graphics card – or a Core i7-5810MQ and GeForce GTX 870M for laptop use – along with at least 4GB of RAM.
The Razer Ripsaw is available now, priced at £149.99.