Earlier this week, Elgato announced the addition of Steam Deck Mobile and Stream Deck XL to their Stream Deck lineup. The XL adds more than double the buttons for those who need a larger interface. Stream Deck Mobile offers a budget-friendly alternative. These new options do a good job of rounding-out both ends of the Stream Deck family.
Stream Deck XL
While not functionally different from the standard Stream Deck, this beastly addition introduces a few new quality-of-life changes. The Stream Deck XL offers 32 (4 x 8) customizable LCD keys allowing for even more control at your fingertips. As with its smaller counterpart, you can easily customize them with static or dynamic icons.
The Stream Deck XL also comes with a sleek, non-slip, 45-degree magnetic stand. Alternatively, you can opt to leave it flat on your desk at an incline similar to your keyboard.
One concern with previous models has been the hardwired plastic USB cable. This both limits the range of placement and renders the unit useless if it becomes broken. Elgato has addressed this nicely with the XL by including a separate USB-C 3.0 braided cable.
With a retail price of $249.95 USD, it’s definitely an investment for a professional-grade setup. You’ll still be saving money if you’re among the many who intended to buy 2 Stream Decks.
Stream Deck Mobile
Looking for a more budget-friendly option to complete your production setup? Now you’ll be able to turn your iPhone into a wireless stream Deck with the Elgato Stream Deck Mobile app. Available for iOS 12.2 or later and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (sorry, Android users!)
The app offers a 3-day trial, after which you may purchase a monthly ($2.99 USD) or yearly ($24.99 USD) subscription. This has the added benefit of only paying for it when you need it.
If you already own a Stream Deck, this offers the flexibility to now go wireless whenever you need to. Maybe you need a wireless setup for a special event like a cooking cast or an IRL tabletop stream. Maybe you just want to play GIFs from the bathroom. If you don’t yet own a Stream Deck, you can try out the application before dishing out for a larger capital expense.
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