The Elgato Stream Deck is an Optimus keyboard for your gaming live streams

The Elgato Stream Deck is a customizable control pad for live-streaming that includes 15 LCD keys for switching scenes, launching media, and adjusting audio on the fly. You can trigger self-promotional tweets, chat commands, and a bunch of things you’d usually have to Alt-Tab to do. The Stream Deck is powered over USB 2.0 on either Windows 10 or macOS 10.11 and later.

Elgato says the its device is compatible with Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream, and other services, although it doesn’t list any others explicitly. More than anything else, the Stream Deck reminds us of the customizable Optimus keyboard, if you remember those from nearly a decade ago.

The trailer for the device focuses mostly on adding meme flair to streams, like “deal with it” sunglasses. You can also DJ with different sound effects, including an air horn, of course. Honestly, even if this is the most sophisticated thing the Stream Deck can do, at least we can all agree memes are good and having them in a live stream is good, too. The Stream Deck costs $149.95; it’s set to launch on May 15th, but it’s available to preorder on Amazon now.

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