Razer continued their bid to branch out from mice earlier, revealing Razer Surround. It’s a piece of software which says it will convert any pair of stereo headphones into a device capable of virtual surround sound. While it comes as an add-on to the Synapse 2.0 software, you don’t need any Razer hardware in order to use Razer Surround.
If it works as described, it’s important because it will allow the surround features of many gaming headsets to work for those gamers who spend a bunch on some studio-quality headphones — but the big thing is that it should work with almost anything.
It’ll be available for free until the beginning of 2014, with Razer allowing for downloaders to make a voluntary contribution to the well-known charity, Child’s Play. After January 1st, gamers will be required to pay the sum of $19.99 USD in order to transform their cans from stereo to surround.
Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director, comments:
“With the individual calibration of Razer Surround, we’re setting a new standard in 7.1 virtual surround sound. We’re a big believer of giving back to our fans and the gaming community, and making Razer Surround available free with a donation to Child’s Play in 2013 is a testament of our commitment to giving back to current and future gamers of the world.”
I’ve just downloaded the software for myself, so will be sure to report back when I’ve had the chance to play with it all. In the meantime, the finer details can be found at RazerZone.com.