Razer dishes out a new Man O’War headset, opens Stargazer pre-orders at IFA 2016

Popular peripheral maker Razer made a few announcements on Friday during the IFA 2016 conference taking place in Berlin, revealing a new headset and the first titles of its OSVR Developer Fund. The company also opened the doors for customers to preorder the Razer Stargazer webcam for $150, which will be globally available in the beginning of October.

Razer wires up the Man O’War for a 7.1 surround sound edition

First up is Razer’s new Man O’War 7.1 analog-digital headset packing 50mm drivers to deliver 7.1 surround sound. It features the company’s sound isolation technology, so that users hear the sounds they want, and not everything else going on outside the headset. It’s based on the previous wireless Man O’War headset, only this model is wired and sports in-line volume controls, so that users aren’t hunting down the volume keys on the keyboard. However, unlike its wireless sibling, there’s no cool green lighting on this new wired 7.1 model.

Razer ManO'War 7.1 Headset

The new Man O’War 7.1 features a retractable MEMS boom microphone and a detachable USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for listening to audio on a PC or Mac. Users can toss aside the converter and plug the headset directly into a 3.5mm audio jack on the Xbox One (with a possible stereo adapter), PlayStation 4, smartphone, and other devices. Note that the 7.1 surround sound playback is only available through the Razer Synapse software for PC.

The Razer ManO’War 7.1 headset can be pre-ordered from Razer now for $120. It won’t become available worldwide until October.

Grab your Stargazer now for high-quality broadcasting

As previously stated, Razer’s Stargazer webcam is now up for pre-order at $150, with global availability starting on October 2, 2016. The company deems it the world’s most advanced webcam, which utilizes Intel’s RealSense technology for facial and gesture recognition, 3D scanning, and dynamic background removal, the latter of which eliminates the need for costly green screen setups.

“The Razer Stargazer is the first and only desktop webcam with 3D scanning right out of the box,” the company states. “Game developers can easily port scanned objects right into Unity for further development work, while designers can quickly prepare files for 3D printing. Gamers will also be able to scan their face or objects right into their favorite games.”

According to Razer, Stargazer supports 60 frames per second video capture that’s optimized for streaming at up to 720p. It also has a maximum video capture of 1080p, an automatic noise cancelling dual array microphone, and a flexible clip for attaching the device to a laptop screen or desktop monitor. However, this webcam can’t be used with just any machine, as the hardware requirements consist of a sixth-generation Intel Core processor, a USB 3.0 port, and Windows 10.

These are the first games stemming from the OSVR Developer Fund

Finally, Razer revealed that 15 new games will be injected into the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem. These games were selected from out of several hundred titles that were submitted to the OSVR Developer Fund, a content accelerator program that provides $5 million dollars to the developer community for generating easily accessible VR content. Here’s the list of new games:

Razer said that a second batch of games for the OSVR Development Fund is currently in the green-lighting process and will be announced at the end of Q3 2016.

“The large number of submissions for our OSVR Developer Fund are a great indicator of how important an open ecosystem is to VR developers,” says Christopher Mitchell, OSVR Lead, Razer. “We look forward to even more incredible innovations, inspired by the early-stage success we are fostering now.”


Razer Game Store to shut down at end of February, less than a year after opening

The Razer Game Store will shut down on February 28, less than a year after it opened. Games purchased from the digital store will continue to work, but purchased keys will need to be used before its closure.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.

Nintendo Direct 2019: Here are all the biggest announcements

Nintendo revealed new information on multiple upcoming Switch games during its February 13 Nintendo Direct. Here are the biggest announcements, including information on Fire Emblem and Zelda.

Will new Vivo-owned brand Iqoo specialize in cutting-edge phones?

A new smartphone brand has launched. It's called Iqoo, and it's a sub-brand of Vivo, the Chinese device manufacturer owned by BBK Electronics. The company has not revealed its first smartphones yet

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will take your skills to a new level

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience and save more time!

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.

Windows is getting a face-lift in 2020, but you can get a sneak peek right now

Microsoft is increasing the lead time for an upcoming major update to Windows 10, giving Windows Insiders the ability to test it right now, even though it's not set for release until 2020.
Emerging Tech

A.I.-powered website creates freakishly lifelike faces of people who don’t exist

No, this isn't a picture of a missing person. It's a face generated by a new artificial intelligence on the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Here's how the impressive A.I. works.

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…

Keep your MacBook safe and dry with an Under Armour backpack for under $50

Under Armour is having a huge sale this weekend to help you on your quest for a better backpack. The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on now through Monday, February 18th, offering great discounts on stormproof backpacks.

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.

The HoloLens 2 will be announced at MWC. Here's what we know about it so far

The HoloLens 2 is ripe for an announcement. Here's what Microsoft has revealed so far, what's likely in store for the next generation HoloLens, and everything that we know about this mixed reality headset.

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.

Wi-Fi helps connect all of our devices at high-speed, but what exactly is it?

What is Wi-Fi? It's a technology we all use everyday to connect all of our portable devices, but understanding how it works and how far it's come from its humble beginnings is another thing entirely.