Streaming specialist Elgato has announced a control surface dubbed the Stream Deck, designed primarily to offer game streamers single-button access to various software features through customisable LCD-equipped buttons.
Clearly taking its inspiration from the Art Lebedev Optimus
family of OLED-equipped keyboards, the Elgato Stream Deck sits somewhere between the three-button Optimus variant and the full-size keyboard version. The Stream Deck, designed for desktop use, boasts 15 buttons arranged in three rows of five with a dedicated LCD display behind each. The result: as well as providing shortcuts to commonly-used tasks and macros - up to 210, Elgato claims, if you make use of the sub-directory functionality - the device is able to change its layout under software control.
Elgato's focus, unsurprisingly, is on game streamers. The Deck comes with dedicated control software for Windows and macOS which is designed to tie in to popular streaming platforms and packages including Amazon's Twitch and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Social media functionality is also included, along with the ability to trigger macros which alter the outgoing stream - such as popping up an overlay at a button press.
The Stream Deck measures 118mm x 84mm x 21mm, and includes a simple adjustable stand should you want to run it at a steeper angle than the default. The device is entirely bus-powered via a metre-long USB cable, and is due to launch in May at a US manufacturer's suggested sale price of $149.95 (around £120 plus taxes.) More information is available on the company's official product page