You Can Turn Your Phone Into A Stream Deck

Elgato’s Stream Deck was a neat tool when it launched: an attachment that let you assign scene changes and other functions at the touch of a button. It was great for streamers who wanted to manage transitions quickly and seamlessly. And now, you can have the same control through your phone.

It doesn’t have as many buttons as the Stream Deck XL, an expansion of the l Stream Deck, but Stream Deck Mobile will fit in your pocket. It’s only on iOS for now, but you’ll be able to assign 15 virtual buttons via a wireless connection.

Through the Stream Deck software on your desktop PC, you can assign buttons to change scenes, start and stop streaming/recording, adjust levels for audio and lighting, add keys you don’t have on your keyboard, use the function key on MacOS, instantly mute/deafen windows and applications, and more. Stream Deck already natively integrates with OBS, Streamlabs, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and other non-gaming applications, like the Philips Hue wireless lights.

“The app pairs easily by scanning a QR code within the Stream Deck software, syncing with all the actions that you’ve set up on the desktop app,” Elgato said in a release.

The only kicker with the mobile app is that it’s a subscription-based model, although it’s still substantially cheaper than the hardware itself. The mini Stream Deck (which only has six buttons, less than half of what you can get through the app) retails from $129 locally, while the standard-size deck will set you back $199.

The mobile subscription costs $4.49 a month or $38.99 a year. There’s no iPad option yet: the extra screen size would certainly allow for more buttons and functionality. If you did want the hardware to eliminate the wireless problem, the Stream Deck XL has 32 customisable and programmable keys. It’ll be available in Australia later this year, with the device launching internationally already. As for Stream Deck Mobile, if you’ve got an iPhone you can try it for yourself now.

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