Razer has announced a new software package targeting gamers, with the promise of upgrading boring old stereo headphones to 7.1-channel surround-sound monsters: Razer Surround.
According to the gaming peripherals company, Razer Surround goes above and beyond existing multi-channel simulation packages by providing a calibration system that tunes the effect for individual listeners. The result, the company claims, is the ability to accurately pinpoint the location of any given sound as though using a true surround-sound system – but without having to upgrade from traditional stereo hardware.
Designed as an add-on for the Razer Synapse 2.0 software, Razer Surround is due to go on sale in 2014 for $19.99 – but the company is offering those picking it up early an impressive 100 per cent discount. In partnership with gaming charity Child’s Play, Razer is offering anyone who downloads the software before the 1st of January 2014 completely free access, while requesting that if they find it useful they should donate cash to the charity by way of compensation.
‘With the individual calibration of Razer Surround, we’re setting a new standard in 7.1 virtual surround sound,‘ crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director, of his company’s latest release. ‘We’re a big believer of giving back to our fans and the gaming community, and making Razer Surround available free with a donation to Child’s Play in 2013 is a testament of our commitment to giving back to current and future gamers of the world.‘
The system, which is compatible with Windows Vista or newer, provides pre-configured calibrations for all Razer Audio products and an engine to calibrate the surround effect for third-party headsets. Bass boost, normalisation, voice clarity and level filters, plus a custom equaliser with 11 presets are also included. Registration for Razer Synapse 2.0 is required, which needs the system to be on-line – but the company is allowing all features of the software to be used in offline mode post-registration, and does not require the purchase of any Razer hardware for installation.
More details, and the software itself, are available on the official website.