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Razer Chroma lighting to play nicely with select partners

by Mark Tyson on 7 June 2018, 10:11

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At Computex there is evidence of Razer opening up its proprietary tech for the wider benefit of the PC community. Two news stories highlight the philosophical change; firstly it is opening up its Chroma lighting system to third parties, secondly third parties will be supplied with Razer mechanical keyswitches to make their own branded keyboards.

Razer Chroma

Technology is littered with rival standards set up as companies jostle to dominate or promote their own ecosystems. The rival standards are a common cause of friction for consumers but a dominant player might reap some benefits from imposing such standards on its customers - e.g. Apple and the lightning cable, Sony and its memory sticks. More pertinently, it seems like every PC systems and components maker has devised its own 'standard' for RGB lighting sync and control.

At Computex, Razer has announced that it will start allowing select partners to connect their devices into the Razer Chroma ecosystem. "Gamers today own multiple RGB lighting-enabled devices, but they can’t enjoy a truly immersive experience because these devices don’t talk to each other," said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "For the first time ever, we’re letting our partners tap into the Chroma ecosystem so we can bridge that gap for the benefit of all gamers."

A new Lian Li case with Razer Chroma tech

Via the Razer Chroma Connected Devices Program partners such as MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, and Ducky will all be able to tap into Razer's lighting protocol. However, there is still some time to go before this functionality gets shared out. Razer says that third part support will launch in Q4 this year.

Razer Mechanical Switches

Razer mechanical switches are exclusive to Razer products such as the Razer BlackWidow series of keyboards. The firm has made various claims about how they are superior to rival switches, being designed for speed and accuracy, as demanded by eSports pros, and with greater durability than other makes.

Razer COE Min-Liang Tan says that other keyswitches were designed "for anything but gaming", so he is happy to be able to work with select partners to fit Razer switches into their gaming keyboard ranges.

Keyswitches made by Razer are available in three colours, corresponding to three action/feel types. The Razer Green switch is tactile and clicky, its Orange switch is tactile but quiet, and its Yellow switch offers a fast 1.2mm actuation and quiet performance. Third parties will be releasing keyboards with Razer keyswitches at an unspecified time 'later this year'.

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If Asus ROG and Corsair could pull their fingers out and follow suit that would make me a happy chappy, I know at least three people plus myself who have everything corsair apart from ROG motherboards and GPU's, which is annoying as hell, I would love to have the option to use ICUE OR Aura sync for the entire system and not have to use both for different parts.

(Corsair could benefit by finally having a music mode for their stuff, and ROG would benefit by having rgb sync with games such as far cry 5)