Razer Chroma pairs with Amazon’s Alexa

Chris Burns - Jan 8, 2019, 8:00 am CDT
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Razer Chroma pairs with Amazon’s Alexa

Functionality from Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa was added to Razer Chroma this week. In the near future, users will be able to command the many combinations of colors and color functionality on their Razer Chroma light-embedded devices. This comes at the same time as the Razer Chroma Connected Devices program, now active, tags on 15 new parters and 300+ Chroma-enabled devices.

Users will be able to work with Razer Synapse 3 to connect Alexa to compatible Razer devices. Razer is officially rolling with an Internet-of-Things platform with Synapse – and it should come as no surprise that they’re aiming for that market as well – as well as every other market under the sun here in 2019 – wait and see!

Alexa works with Synapse 3 to allow commands to be spoken through Razer headsets and mics “to control compatible devices.” Razer Chroma in-game lighting features can be activated or de-activated with a request of Alexa. Alexa users can also utilize their Razer mic-toting devices to ask Alexa to do tasks outside of the Razer ecosystem – like turn on the Philips Hue lighting nearby.

Alexa command examples for/from Razer Chroma devices:
• “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”

“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,” said Razer Co-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.”

Razer and Amazon announced that “within Q2 of 2019,” (that means before the first 6 months of the year are complete,) they’ll have Razer Synapse users in both Canada and the USA connected to Alexa. Users in Canada and the USA “who connect their compatible Razer devices to Amazon Alexa will notice a new module allowing them to transmit commands directly to Alexa or through Razer headsets, standalone microphones and laptops mics to change lighting or game settings.”

Right this minute, Razer and Amazon are working with game developers so that Alexa can be used inside games – with in-game functionalities in collaboration with the Chroma SDK. So much voice command action you won’t know where one thing ends and another begins. It’s all coming in the next few months!


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