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Razer Charity Drive Closing Soon; Free Surround Sound Software Offer Good for Next 30 Days

Tens of Thousands Raised for Kids; Razer Surround Pro Audio Engine Free-of-Charge Through June, Razer Surround Pro Version Upgrade Unveiled

CARLSBAD, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/14 -- 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.

Learn more about how Razer Surround works here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOtN-KMWTeM.

"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."

About Child's Play:

Since 2003, we've set up and organized Child's Play, a game industry charity dedicated to
improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals
worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

Child's Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of
video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital's wish list and send a gift.

Child's Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

About Razer Surround:

Razer Surround gives gamers an enhanced virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience with any stereo headphones.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the surround sound algorithms powering Razer Surround creates an unbelievably accurate surround sound environment and allows gamers to calibrate positional sound to match their own unique preferences. This level of calibration allows Razer Surround to provide an incredible level of precision in-game, allowing gamers to have the unfair advantage.

Features:

  • Best-In-Class 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • Works with any stereo headset/headphones

Features (Pro Version):

  • Calibrate to your individual preferences
  • Pre-configured calibrations for all Razer Audio products
  • Bass boost - For a thundering bass
  • Sound normalization - Reduce loudness variation
  • Voice clarity - For crystal clear incoming voice communication
  • Voice level - Adjust the level of incoming voice communication
  • Custom & 11 pre-set equalizer settings

Operating Systems Support:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter / Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate

System Requirements:

  • 100 MB of free hard disc space
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

Availability:
Worldwide -
Available Now

Price (from June 30, 2014):
Surround - Free
Surround Pro - $19.99/EUR 14.99

For more information about the Razer Surround, please visit www.razerzone.com/surround.

About Razer:

Razer™ is the world leader in devices and software platforms that enable, connect and entertain a worldwide community of electronic entertainment enthusiasts, 24/7.

With a rich history in gaming, music and design, Razer's award-winning technology includes voice-over IP and other social applications and devices; programs for music production, performance and enjoyment; cloud-based solutions for customizing and enhancing computer systems and related product performance; and a wide array of award-winning laptops, tablets, audio products, hardware and accessories, and apparel.

Razer applies its design and engineering resources to develop products that support the on-the-go lifestyle inherent to its contemporary, global, technophile community, fulfilling their immediate wants and needs wherever they are. At Razer, everything it does resonates with the company credo: For Gamers. By Gamers.™

For more information, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/.

Razer - For Gamers. By Gamers.™

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