Elgato, the corporate liable for my unusual dependancy to placing extra buttons on my desk, has simply launched its newest streaming accent, the Elgato Stream Deck Plus, which is at the moment obtainable on the Elgato retailer and Amazon for $199.99, $70 lower than the Razer Stream Controller however $50 greater than the Stream Deck MK. 2. Identical to its predecessors, the Stream Deck Plus has an array of buttons that may be mapped to a wide range of features and plugins obtainable via the Elgato Stream Deck software program, however this model is supplied with a set of 4 knobs and an LED display screen.
In the event you’ve used a Stream Deck earlier than, you understand what to anticipate. The buttons really feel just like these on earlier iterations of the Stream Deck however are just a bit bit greater, which makes icons seem extra vivid and permits you to learn button textual content extra simply. The Plus does lack among the enhancements we noticed with the Stream Deck MK. 2, particularly the swappable faceplate, which is considerably disappointing. The stand on the Stream Deck Plus isn’t designed to be simply eliminated and isn’t adjustable, propping the Deck up at a roughly 15-degree angle.
The massive draw with the Stream Deck Plus is its 4 knobs, which permit for effective adjustment of quantity, digital camera zoom, and different features. Every knob can flip infinitely left or proper and could be pushed with a satisfying click on. Within the Elgato Stream Deck software program, the dials get their very own unique column of plugins and aren’t cross-compatible with any plugins designed for buttons.
At launch, there are solely a small handful of apps that can be utilized with the knobs, and most of them are tied on to Elgato’s software program, which is simply appropriate with Elgato merchandise. Nonetheless, third-party builders like BarRaider have had early variations of the Steam Deck Plus and the SDK in order that they might work on their very own plugins forward of launch, which ought to hopefully convey some new knob performance quickly.
One different characteristic of the Stream Deck Plus that isn’t as apparent however is arguably simply as cool because the knobs is its LED touchscreen. Nestled between the eight buttons and the brand new knobs is a small LED display screen that shows the present features mapped to every knob however can also be a touchscreen that permits you to swipe left and proper to navigate the completely different pages of apps you’ve assigned to your homescreen. In some instances, you can even use the touchscreen as a button to activate sure features. Faucets and swipes on the contact bar can’t be remapped, however that might change with post-launch updates.
I’ve already spent a while with the Stream Deck Plus and was capable of migrate the prevailing features of my Stream Deck XL over with out an excessive amount of bother. You may count on a full evaluation within the close to future, however we’re ready till extra third-party apps change into obtainable earlier than we ship a verdict.