LAS VEGAS CES 2016 – Razer, the world leader in peripherals and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Stargazer webcam. It offers the best image capture quality of any webcam available today, and greatly simplifies the traditional streaming approach.
RazerStargazer – the world’s first webcam designed specifically for streamers: industry-leading image capture technology, background removal, 3D scanning, face and gesture recognition, and more
The Razer Stargazer is revolutionizing the webcam experience with a first-of-its-kind device that’s suitable for creating quality streaming content. It sets a new standard for capturing video at 60fps at 720p, an improvement over the 30fps limit on standard webcams, and captures video at 1080p at 30fps. Razer Stargazer also features a bi-directional microphone with automatic noise cancellation.
Equipped with an Intel camera® RealSense™ SR300, the Razer Stargazer has the latest features that are changing the way we look at the capabilities of the mainstream webcam.
Background removal feature eliminates the need for full-scale green screens chromakey traditionally used by streamers. Thanks to Intel RealSense technology, the camera senses depth and is able to separate the foreground from the background. It is compatible with popular streaming software such as OBS, XSplit and the Razer Cortex: Gamecaster.
Background removal feature opens up opportunities not just for gamers. Skype video conferencing with Personify will allow you to remove or replace the background. The camera also supports FaceRig, QQ Video and ooVoo. 3D scanning of faces and objects will work quickly and easily, and users will be able to transfer real objects into the virtual world in full-HD without any special tricks. It’s very promising for game development, because 3D scans can now be quickly transferred directly into the working environment of development engines – such as Unity.
Razer Stargazer also offers the most advanced facial and gesture recognition system among general-use cameras. Webcam is capable of tracking up to 78 points on your face and 22 points on each hand. It lets users use Windows Hello security, which uses facial recognition to unlock the computer, launch apps with gestures and play games that track facial expressions and hand movements like Nevermind and Laserlife, creating a whole new level of immersion.
“In the last few years there hasn’t been any major innovation in the webcam industry,
– told Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. –
There are more and more people doing video conferencing and streaming now, and the number is growing exponentially than ever before. Accordingly, their needs are also constantly growing. Razer Stargazer can transform the work done by streamers, YouTube users, 3D designers and game developers, and provides additional benefits to the average user. Simply put, it’s the webcam of the future.
Particularly in recent years, there has been significant growth in streaming games. According to a 2015 SuperData report, streaming game-related content and their studios are valued at $3.8 billion worldwide, with more than 480 million viewers.
The Razer Stargazer will be part of Razer’s all-in-one streaming device store along with the Razer Seiren and Seiren Pro microphones and related accessories. All products will be available in the second quarter of 2016. Razer plans to send a limited number of Razer Stargazer cameras to streamers for free as part of its sponsorship program for streamers.