So we have Geforce Experience, which is Nvidia’s control panel for game recording, streaming, settings optimisation and a whole bunch of other things. Then we have AMD’s Raptr, which does similar things to Geforce Experience and even mimics it slightly with the UI similarities and layout. Using the Raptr Gaming Evolved app also allows for game recording and streaming to Twitch and there’s a rewards program that gives you free stuff and games just for using the application to launch your games. Razer’s joined these two in the hot tub now with Cortex, their in-house-developed software that is available to download by anyone with a Razer ID. More info after the jump.
Cortex is essentially a middle-man between you and some of the best online stores on the internet. Razer partners up with EA Origin and Steam and others to bring you games with discounts and special offers, but you only get them if you use Cortex to get there. There’s also some other nifty features that gamers might appreciate, such as internet backups of save games as well as game recording that doesn’t discriminate between Geforce or Radeon GPUs – which means, basically, that Razer has integrated both ShadowPlay and AMD’s VCE hardware encoder, both of which are used to record gameplay without incurring any performance hits.
Some of Razer’s Cortex features include:
- Razer Cortex: Deals – Pay less for more of your favorite games with Razer’s unique downloadable game price comparison engine.
- Game Booster – Enhance your PC’s gaming performance with the popular boosting utilities from Razer Game Booster incorporated into Razer Cortex.
- Save Game Manager – Automatically back up save games to the cloud and never lose a save game again.
- Screen Capture Gallery – Immortalize your gaming moments with the touch of a hotkey.
Razer claims that their 10 million global users currently using Synapse 2.0 or Game Booster with their own Razer ID will get a competitive edge on the best deals across their favorite stores such as Amazon, Gamersgate, Gamestop, GOG.com, Green Man Gaming, Steam and Origin with more stores on the way.
“Our goal is to make games as accessible as possible to the Razer gaming community,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-Founder, CEO and creative director. “By pointing gamers to the best options for their wallets without wasting valuable time digging through different stores, they can squeeze more gaming juice out of their budgets.”
“With a solution like Deals, we’re doing our part in providing a much needed dose of transparency to the gaming industry, while enabling our players to focus on gaming.”
You can download an “early access” version of the application on Razer’s website, but users are only getting access to the service in waves and the deals are only localised for the US and Canada. You’ll need to sign up for a Razer ID if you don’t have one already.
If you’re keen, you’re also going to need to sign up for Dropbox, because the Save Game Manager creates symbolic links with the game files to Dropbox. Anyone going to give this a try?