Elgato's Stream Deck Looks Interesting, But Will It Help Streamers Or Make It Worse?

If you're a frequent Twitch viewer, then you're probably aware of how much obnoxious crap people load onto their screen. To the point where, depending on who you watch, their junk takes up more of the screen than the game itself. A lot of that is due to the fact that they want to show off a bunch of things like face cam, subscribers, donations, raids, chat, animations, and whatever else they feel like in the process. The reason you usually see all that stuff up at once is because they don't have time to shift around materials and put it up on the screen while playing the game. Elagato is looking to solve that problem in an easier way.

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This is the Elgato Stream Deck. For those who aren't in broadcasting, this baby works like a chyron display, with multiple functions thrown into it. It is essentially a master control switchboard for anyone who wishes to broadcast multiple objects, and it's a piece of tech that streamers have been paying top dollar for by going through traditional broadcast equipment routes. Your standard piece of tech costs about $400 for the low-grade stuff, this system is being sold for $150. The big difference between the major switchers and this one is that it has been modified for Twitch and YouTube, so the material you're programming in works for your specific stream. Whether or not it will actually help streamers manage their additional features is another story altogether, as this now makes it easier to throw stuff up with ease and may invite more features to be added to your favorite channels. The system comes out this May.

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