At CES 2019 today, Razer announced that it's teaming up with Amazon to allow Alexa to control lighting effects and device settings with voice commands. As part of the partnership, Alexa will be baked into Razer's Synapse 3 software, allowing games to query the digital assistant through their Razer headset to control not only their Chroma lighting effects and settings but all of their smart home devices and connected Alexa skills as well.
"This is an amazing look forward for Razer into a future for gamers where the full potential of gaming gear is seamless and intuitively controlled through voice activation, synchronization and connected cloud services," says RazerCo-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan."Razer Chroma is an incredibly powerful gaming feature, and we're motivated to work closely with Amazon to build this integration with Alexa, enabling users to change lighting effects, profiles, start games, change settings and more."
The integration is set to roll out to Synapse 3 sometime during Q2 2019, allowing those in the U.S. and Canada to connect compatible Razer devices to Alexa and adding a new module that will allow commands to be issued directly to Alexa or through connected microphones.
Razer provided a look at some of the commands you'll be able to take advantage of once the integration is available:
- "Alexa, ask Chroma to change my lighting profile to FPS mode."
- "Alexa, sync all of my devices to my team color."
- "Alexa, ask Chroma to start Overwatch"
- "Alexa, ask Razer Synapse to decrease my DPI to 200."
- "Alexa, ask Razer to change Audio settings to Movie mode."
Finally, Razer and Amazon are also working together with game developers to add in-game functions for Alexa via the Chroma SDK.
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