For most of my time in college, I was divorced from console gaming. As soon as I had my very own PC (that my Dad couldn’t yell at me for messing with), I started learning how to min-max everything. It was a time in my life where I was content to spend just as much time making a game run well as actually playing it.
Once my time started getting scarcer, I found myself with controller in hand rather than mouse and keyboard, but I couldn’t stay away. Recently, I’ve found myself spending more time gaming on my computer. Unfortunately, my time hasn’t gotten any more plentiful (just the opposite), and I just want things to run well with no stress.
Razer, in partnership with IObit, is stepping up with a new tool that makes on-the-fly tweaking and optimizing easier than it’s ever been. Meet the Razer Game Booster. It slices, it dices, it juliennes fries three different ways… oh, and it makes your PC do that game thing better.
The PC-only software package does three things. First, it aggregates your game executables across services. If you are platform agnostic, grabbing the best deals you can from Steam, GoG, Origin and others, this puts everything in one place. Additionally, when you launch from Razer’s new baby, it diverts power to your game, suspending other processes.
Second, and probably the most important piece of the puzzle, the Game Booster can manage device drivers and ensure that latest are installed, tweak settings by analyzing your configuration and making small changes to eek a few more frames per second out of your rig, It can also manage defragging (not that you couldn’t do that yourself), which will speed loading a bit. While this may seem laughable for those that know the ins and outs of their PCs, for a lot of people that just want to click and game, this will be a godsend. There is an expert menu for advanced users and, wisely, a way to easily reset to Windows defaults if you bite off more than you can chew.
Finally, the Game Booster includes tools for capturing and sharing video via YouTube. Now, if they manage to integrate Twitch.tv streaming, this might prove an interesting alternative for those who don’t want to spend the cash on an XSplit license, especially since Game Booster is free.