What we want from the Elgato StreamDeck
It’s been a few months since the Elgato StreamDeck was released to the public, and it’s steadily grown in popularity among online streamers and broadcasters within communities like Twitch.
The StreamDeck has been designed to make online broadcasting easier, with stream management and production quality at the fingertips of the user.
We reviewed the StreamDeck back in August, which you can read here. But today we’re back, after a few months since our review to give our thoughts as to what we’d like to see in future software releases to make it better.
More OBS Support. It’s pretty lacking.
The StreamDeck supports one of the most popular streaming clients, OBS Studio, but has but a few functions for users to play around with.
Atpresent, the StreamDeck software allows users to change scenes, turn off sources, and mute audio, whereas the premium streaming client XSplit had all of that, plus the ability to start the stream at the press of a button and more.
OBS Studio is free, open source, and highly customisable, which you would think should make it easier to integrate more StreamDeck functionality, but alas it’s not the case.
We’re not saying that it should support OBS Studio than XSplit, but surely it’d be nice to have an equal set of features.
It should be noted that I’m a user of both XSplit and OBS Studio with no preference for either.
Soundboard Options. Insert annoying meme noise here.
There’s been times where I’d love to play stupid and silly sounds during my stream purely for entertainment value. Things like the memetastic air horn noise, or even having The Iron Sheikh saying “FUkkin BULLsheht” at a moment’s notice would be great.
The closest thing we’ve got with the StreamDeck is playing media files off the local storage device through the default media player, which doesn’t always work, or at least doesn’t work as well as it could.
Macro Event Scripting. If pressed, do this, then that.
Imagine being able to chain together a series of events at the press of a button on your StreamDeck. Think about it. Press button, it plays a meme on the screen, sends a command to your bot to say something like “it’s meme time bois”, and triggers something else all simultaneously.
Having that flexibility to add your own functionality, either via the native scripting language that the StreamDeck uses, or as a visual UI with drag and drop presets, would be amazing. It’d allow streamers to do more to keep their streams fresh and different from other streamers.
Streamlabs Bot Integration. Make it rain!
Previously known as Ankhbot, the Streamlabs Chatbot is my go-to choice for moderator bot because of the wealth of features it offers. There’s other bots on the market like Moobot, Phantombot etc, but Ankh/Streamlabs Bot is probably the most fleshed out of the lot with no paywall on features (yet).
There are features within the Ankhbot and Streamlabs Chatbot clients that could make use of the StreamDeck. For example, turning on/off voting systems, giveaways and more without having to alt-tab from your game, find the tab in the bot and enable. Imagine having that all pre-programmed, at the tips of your fingers? That’d be sick.
We’ve said our piece. What do you want to see?
These are the features we’d love to see in the StreamDeck. Do you own one? If so, what would YOU want to see? Sound off in the comments below.