Computex 2018: Razer open up RGB ecosystem and keyswitches to third parties

Razer has announced that the company's Chroma RGB lighting ecosystem and Razer mechanical switches will now be available through third party products.

They say that all three Razer Mechanical Switches will be coming to third-party keyboard makers later this year and that DIY and 'homebrew keyboard enthusiasts' will also be able to buy standalone switches as well.

Introduced alongside several of the company's more-recent keyboards, Razer say that their Razer Mechanical Switches have been designed for gaming 'from the ground up' and are designed to last 60 percent longer than standard mechanical switches.

Meanwhile, third party Chroma lighting integrations have a more concrete arrival date of Q4 2018.

Razer say that "Until now, a common experience for many gamers today is that the lighting effects on third-party devices such as PC cases, motherboards, and cooling fans are not fully in sync, producing an experience that is not in line with Razer devices."

"The Razer Chroma Connected Devices Program will enable partners such as MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, Gigabyte, and Ducky the ability to tap into Razer’s lighting protocol through an API that lets them enable Chroma lighting through a single click on their software platforms."

No specific products incorporating Razer's Chroma lighting have been announced yet but stay tuned.

For a full wrap-up of everything that happened at Computex 2018, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of Computex 2018 was sponsored by ASUS, who covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.