Want Your PC Games to Cost Less and Run Better? Razer Wants to Help

Razer announces Cortex, a new platform that finds you deals, optimizes your games, records video, and more.

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.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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Discussion

85 comments
raggamuff1n
raggamuff1n

Razer wants PC gamers to spend less? I'll believe that when I see it. Razer is overpriced and inferior quality.

blackothh
blackothh

I would prefer to have as few apps running in the background as possible.  Its really scary to get a glimpse at other peoples computers or laptops and see a gigantic line of 30+ icons of things running in the background lol.


If you are going to play games on PC you should take the effort to learn how to set your games up so they run to the best ability of your hardware.

crashmer
crashmer

All these words and no actual numbers, I think I just read an ad...

grenadehh
grenadehh

No. What I want actually is for Razer to stop existing and if that means disagreeing with them on something I would obviously agree with, so be it.

deivis_sc
deivis_sc

I have steam and I can optimize my games with Raptr (I dont even use it. Though its good for people who dont really know how to tweak game settings so they can run game better). And it tracks your game time, how you rank up compared to other users who plays the same game and so on. And with Raptr you can even get points just for doing stuff and when you have enough points you can get stuff for them. Though its hard to get enough of those points and prices are pretty big so not really wort making those points. But anyways why do I need some kind of Razer platform again? Doesnt look like something that hasnt been done and I doubt with all things that people using now this will become "center of your PC gaming routine".

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

I find GeForce experience pretty useful for notifying me when there are driver updates, shadow play's fairly decent, and although I don't always agree with it's optimising settings, they are reasonably close at the click of a button and require minor changes. The problem for razer is that there already is a number of this type of software and I would find it hard to believe they would do it any better, steam and origin already allows game saves to the cloud, so again no help there. If you really want the cheapest games, everyone knows you can get them from any of those game code sites, although Idon't really agree with them as you can't always be sure they are legit, and you can be sure how they have been procured or enfact if any of the money is actually going to the developers

EliOli
EliOli

Actually this just sounds like more bloat ware.  Most PC users are knowledgeable enough to be able to do all this stuff on their own.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Ugh, i see no use of this other than eating background resources. The gamer deals page is already there and you don't need a software to run it: www.cheapshark.com 

Lehikex
Lehikex

we already have this with AMDs raptr, although its optimizing capabilities are limited to the games used

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Great, another application with account and online requirement and useless cloud services to be put between me and my games.

Or I could just, you know, read the system requirements, compare pricing before buying and set the graphics options to what my system can handle like any other sane gamer.

This falls into the category of things nobody needs and nobody asked for and I doubt it even works as advertised.

deathstream
deathstream

Razer?  So it will be near perfect for six months and then break so you can't click on anything.

Fenixx
Fenixx

Just more garbage.  If you're a PC gamer then you should have enough knowledge about how to tune your system to play your games.  It's not hard to check the big online companies for pricing.  And it's very simple to record or stream your games.  I have Open Broadcaster Software which is free and simple to use.  Razer, stick to your hardware.  That stuff still needs improvement so work on that first.

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

Yes, you need to save money if you want to afford a Razer.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Tried their software before and it actually had a negative impact on my performance. Not to say this would happen across the board but coming from somebody using an FX8350 and an HD7950, I can't recommend it.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

I have a simpler system for optimizing my games:  Buy R9 290 or GTX 780 or higher tiered card.  Slap it into my PC.  Crank settings to max.  Done. 

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

Razer is cool and can help games run smoother but you have to customize it to your liking since "out of the box" its not user friendly.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Meh.  I don't even trust NVIDIA to optimize my games.  Deals are easy to find.  I'll be very surprised if it can record better than ShadowPlay (even with all ShadowPlay's issues).  I sure don't need help uploading a video.

zizo490
zizo490

I have duel core processor , 5670 video card and still proud (thats because computer parts are so expensive in my country also iam not so proud btw :D ).

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

Sounds pretty cool. I was using a gaming software called Evolve to record my games, but now there's a queue to be able to get onto their servers and use that feature. Almost impossible to use now. I'll keep my eye on this.

DrKill09
DrKill09

PC games get any cheaper, they'd be free.

oldtobie
oldtobie

Not a huge fan of Razer but this is on my list of things to pay attention to.

blutfahne
blutfahne

Sounds like the recording part could be cool.

Halloll
Halloll

Cost less and Razer can't mesh together though.

somberfox
somberfox

Sounds like a program designed for lazy people.

isthereanydeal.com already does an excellent job of a price checking service, and the concept of game boosting doesn't work

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

This is ironic coming from the manufacturers of some of the most over-priced PC equipment going.

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

From the comments, it would seem that the biggest hurdle for Razor Cortex is gaining the trust of users. I doubt this venture will be a success.

kujel
kujel

This all sounds good except the deal finder part. As a game Dev I want people to pay full price (not nesscarilly $60 as not all games are worth that price) cause it's really hard to make money at game development and this deal finder is encouraging the race to the bottom :(

Romi001
Romi001

@raggamuff1n Lol exactly my point. Razer wants pc gamers to spend less!!? First time i saw this post i though gamespot was being sarcastic or something. Every pc accessory sold by them cost many times more than other brands, be it keyboard, mice etc..

Romi001
Romi001

@blackothh Yeah, its scary when i check the background applications of some peoples pc, dozens of unwanted apps and they wonder why their pc lags!!

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@blackothh It's not even rocket science to do it right and yet there are people that have 90+ processes running right after logging on to their computer, not even counting programs they use, it's just tools and background services and "optimization" tools that use more system resources than they free up.

Always fun to observe are people with 2000+ EUR "specialized" gaming PCs (or Alienware) that have all kinds of nonsense software installed, use an antivirus that does nothing but waste system resources, have windows update set to full auto, run defrag and system optimization tools every so often and all those fun things, yet my 800 EUR build in the living room for couch gaming (22 processes after logon) outperforms them.

And here we are and along comes another tool they can run in the background which does even more "optimization" and automatic defragmentation (warm greetings to peoples SSDs reduced lifetime).

Fun stuff to observe, especially as a sysadmin.

guynamedbilly
guynamedbilly

@Lehikex And Raptr is buggy as crap.  If this can do the "record the last five minutes feature" then I'll give it a try.

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

First of all not everyone can afford a 780. Secondly I have a 780 and not all game's can simply be maxed out, especially at resolutions higher than 1080p

hammerfall22
hammerfall22

Ok, if you have a lot of noney to spend you don't need to worry about it.

hystavito
hystavito

@Zloth2 As it cool as it all may sound, yeah I rarely trust these kinds of things.  I have never let Nvidia's software do the optimization it asks about.  Anyone know if that actually works well?

grenadehh
grenadehh

@DrKill09 I love people that say this who don';t actually game on PC or look at game sales mroe than once a year.


PC games are the same price as on console until they get severely marked down on sale.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@DrKill09 watch_dogs on steam 59,99€. Key shops don't count 

Romi001
Romi001

@bloody-hell @blackothh So frikkin true. A guy in my college owns a laptop which costs $500 more than mine, i74th gen , 8gbram with a decent nvidia card. Games that lags like hell in his laptop runs in my AMD A10 processor like butter. The guy had literally 25+ apps of all kinds running in the background, funny thing is he never noticed it until i showed him. 

dogman12602
dogman12602

@hystavito @Zloth2 I use geforce experience to set up most of my games. It does a pretty good job. If the game doesn't seem optimized well enough, then I just tweak a few settings in game. 

xblorder
xblorder

@grenadehh @DrKill09 Not always I can preorder BL The Pre Sequel for $49.  Green Man Gaming for one normally has sales on preorders.


Also I live in Aus so locally I pay $100 on consoles so your definitely wrong when I can pick up pc games cheaper than yanks on console games lol.

kujel
kujel

What are you going on about, RPG Maker only makes jRPGs which suck.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@kujel To the Moon would like to have a word witn you. It's all about how dev wants to use the program

kujel
kujel

@Stebsis @kujel Oh I've done some non-jRPGs with it before but it was a pain in the a$$, I much prefer writing games in C#, much more flexibility and I don't have to work with a cumbersome events system.