by Anton Shilov
06/26/2013 | 11:20 PM
In a bid to promote its brand among gamers and attract money to a charity foundation, Razer, a leading developer and supplier of gaming peripherals and systems, this week began to offer its Razer Surround software for free. The utility allows to transform any stereo headphones into 7.1-channel virtual surround sound audio system. The software will be free for the customers, but Razer asks to donate something to Child’s Play.
Razer Surround is an audio engine that provides 7.1 virtual surround sound with any stereo headphones. With the patent-pending Razer Surround audio engine, users have the option to calibrate their personal surround sound settings through a series of listening tests to match their preferences, giving them far superior positional sound over traditional virtual solutions. Razer Surround gives gamers an individualized 7.1 surround sound and attuned 3D audio experience, allowing them to acoustically pinpoint exact locations of opponents in game, providing “the unfair advantage” in gameplay.
Razer Surround is available as a complementary software add-on, integrated within Razer’s Synapse 2.0 application, offering virtual 7.1 surround sound and storing individual audio signatures in the cloud. These settings can be accessed anytime and will automatically update new systems to previous calibrated settings.
The developer has waived the $19.99 price for Razer Surround through December 2013, so that people who sign-up during this period will get a free copy of the program. During this timeframe, users will also have the option to make a donation of any amount to Child’s Play after their download start. Everyone signing-up from Jan. 1, 2014, onward, will pay the full price of $19.99.
While the donations to Child’s Play are purely voluntary and users can choose to download Razer Surround for free, Razer hopes that through this initiative users can together with Razer help children in hospitals around the world enjoy games like we do.
“With the individual calibration of Razer Surround, we’re setting a new standard in 7.1 virtual surround sound. We are 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,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director.