The main concern is one of cost. Stargazer’s tech might be perfect for streamers, but its price certainly isn’t. I opened this by discussing the ubiquity of Logitech’s C920, a 1080p30 webcam that’s become a Twitch and YouTube icon. On any given day you can go to Amazon and find the C920 for $60-70. That’s already expensive for a webcam, but Stargazer? Razer’s tagged it with a Razer-size price tag of $200. That certainly prices it out of range of some teenager streaming in his or her bedroom, and maybe even prices it out of range of that teenager’s parents.
Razer’s counterpoint is that RealSense negates the need for a costly green screen setup, which is absolutely true. But a green screen setup can be cobbled together over the span of months, jury-rigged from a garage sale lamp and a half-broken curtain rod and some twine. Stargazer is just flat-out expensive. There’s a risk people look at the C920, look at Stargazer, and decide Logitech’s antiquated approach is still “Good enough.”
We’ll see. Razer has Stargazer pegged for a Q2 2016 launch, at the aforementioned $200 price. Stay tuned all week for more Razer news and everything else coming out of CES.
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