Razer has unveiled the Ripsaw game capture card that will make it much easier for streamers to broadcast their gameplay to an audience over the Internet.
According to Razer, the Ripsaw will prove to be a crucial tool for broadcasters as it offers high-performance streaming and recording capabilities. Through Ripsaw, game footage can be efficiently delivered to streaming platforms such as YouTube and Twitch with amazing resolutions and frame rates.
The Ripsaw, which will be sold for $179, will allow streamers to capture gameplay at up to full 1080p resolution at a frame rate as high as 60 frames per second.
The capture card is now available through the company's online store, and in addition to working with Windows PCs, the Ripsaw will also come with all the required cables to connect to popular video game consoles including Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo's Wii U and the company's own Forge TV.
Setting up the Ripsaw is simple as it entails connecting the capture card to a Windows PC through USB 3.0 or to a gaming console using the included cables. The capture card is then connected to the PC's monitor or the gaming console's TV through HDMI.
After making the necessary connections, streamers could then link the Ripsaw to an XSplit or OBS account to launch the broadcast to the streaming service they prefer.
There is a downside to the Ripsaw though, specifically the fact that it contains no internal storage. Recording and uploading footage will require a PC, and the system requirements are somewhat high. For desktop computers, an Intel Core i5-4440 3.10 GHz processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card are needed, and for laptops, an Intel Core i7-4810MQ and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M are required. A minimum 4 GB of RAM is also required, through 8 GB of RAM is recommended.
For both new and old streamers who have this hardware, the Ripsaw's simplicity will immediately make the process of broadcasting much easier.
"We're excited to design a game capture card that meets the exacting needs of broadcasters and to also give newcomers a perfect tool to help them possibly become the next Syndicate or Pewdiepie," said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.