Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced its one-year Child’s Play/Razer Surround charity drive will conclude on June 30, 2014. The brand will introduce Razer Surround Pro for purchase thereafter.
Last year, Razer waived all charges on its next-generation virtual surround sound audio engine, Razer Surround. Instead Razer collected donations for the charity Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving children’s lives in hospitals around the world. Nearly one million users downloaded Razer Surround and more than $35,000 has been collected for Child’s Play to-date.
After June 30, there will be two versions of Razer’s audio engine available. The basic variant of Razer Surround comes with a standard virtualization of 7.1 Surround Sound. A premium version, Razer Surround Pro, will be added, allowing the personal calibration of directional audio to individual hearing preferences and headphone model. Razer Surround Pro will also include advanced settings like sound normalization, voice clarity and level, and equalizer options.
“You can’t play CS:GO professionally unless you can locate your enemies properly”, says Nathan “NBK” Schmitt, player of French CS:GO team Titan. “With Razer Surround we can quickly and accurately pinpoint nearby enemies, leaving us to focus on strategy and aiming. It’s the perfect audio tool for professional Counter-Strike.”
Razer Surround Pro will be available for 19.99 USD / 14.99 EUR, while the basic version will still be available for free. Any downloads before June 30 will automatically be upgraded to Razer Surround Pro.
“The 12-month promotion to bring next-level virtual surround sound to every gamer while raising funds and awareness for Child’s Play has been really rewarding,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and design director. “Increasing the performance and fun of gaming is an obsession for us, and what better place to promote the spirit of what we do than amongst kids who are facing challenges. Razer Surround was an ideal product for this drive—bringing perfect sound quality into gameplay makes the whole experience truly immersive and fun for players, whether they’re on the go or stuck in a hospital.”