PC hardware company Razer has announced a new software platform, Razer Cortex, that wants to insert itself into the center of your PC gaming routine. The free service, which is now in an early access period ahead of its launch in September, will offer a variety of disparate features--like managing save games and saving you money--that appear to be part of an effort to ensure Cortex does at least one thing that you'll find useful.
Almost all of Cortex's features are available to some degree in other software or websites, but this brings them all together in one place. Cortex can be used to launch your games and share content from them to places like Facebook and YouTube. It allows you to record video without any watermarks or restrictions on time, framerate, or resolution--as is often the case with other free software that lets you capture game footage. Provided it works well, this could be reason enough for many people to begin using Cortex.
The feature Razer is promoting hardest is its deals finder. Cortex tracks prices for digital PC games across a number of retailers--Steam, Amazon, GOG, Green Man Gaming, and others--and shows you the cheapest place to buy them at any given time.
Also of note is the "game booster," which sounds a lot like features in software that Nvidia and AMD have released. Basically, this helps to ensure your games are running well by streamlining a variety of things, such as optimizing visual settings for your hardware, keeping track of drivers, and defragmenting hard drives.
Lastly, there is the save game manager, which allows you to save both game settings and game saves to the cloud, with no limit on the number of files you can upload. A list of supported games has yet to be released, but an image on Razer's website shows Batman: Arkham City, BioShock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Dark Souls II, and Dead Island: Riptide.
You can sign up for early access to Cortex here ahead of its September 10 launch; more people will be added as the number of registrations grows.
Does this sound like a platform you'd be interested in trying, or do you find the existing solutions for these things work well enough? Let us know in the comments.
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