Getting tired of having to switch between Ventrilo, Teamspeak and Mumble depending on what you’re playing and on which one of your guilds and clans you’re playing with?
Razer just pulled out of its sleeve an attempt to change that with its new VoIP application Razer Comms, and from what I had a chance to try myself in a few minutes of testing, it seems a quite powerful and nicely featured one.
Here’s the official blurb:
Applying feedback gleaned from a community-based closed beta program, Razer Comms now combines VoIP client, instant messaging and IRC-chat features, allowing gamers the world over to connect with one service, free of charge. It also features an in-game overlay and seamlessly integrates with PC games, providing for uninterrupted gameplay while at the same time typing or talking with friends.
Razer Comms uses complex audio algorithms and an ultra-fast server infrastructure to deliver precise, crisp and clear communication with no timeouts or lag spikes, and it features advanced noise reduction and echo cancelation, a boon to millions of PC gamers worldwide.
Razer Comms originated as an internal project built on the spare “10 percent passion time” of a couple of engineers. After receiving many fan requests to make it widely available, Razer Comms has now become a fully supported project with a designated team working on it.
Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director added in an official press release:
As a gamer, it gets pretty annoying switching between multiple clients all the time when playing and talking with your friends. Razer Comms offers a way around that challenge. By connecting gamers globally through a versatile software solution without any additional costs for the user, Razer Comms is a way for us to give back to our passionate fan base.
You’re probably asking yourself what does Razer Comms have that competing programs don’t, and here’s one relevant element: it uses Razer’s own servers and VoIP tech, so gamers don’t need to purchase a server for their guild, group or clan in order to communicate, but it still allows them to create private channels with pretty much everything needed to keep communication going.
While servers aren’t exactly costly nowadays, it’s still very nice to have a free alternative with a lot of additional features like this one.
Will Razer Comms manage to set itself as a new standard for in-game communication? We’ll have to wait and see about that, but in the meanwhile you can download it for free here and check out a couple videos below.