Elgato unloads gaming peripherals, focuses on Homekit in new Eve Systems rebrand

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in General Discussion edited June 27
Elgato is doubling down on their HomeKit-equipped product line with the announcement that they will sell off their gaming division and rebrand to focus exclusively on their smart home gear.

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Elgato Systems is now becoming Eve Systems, focusing entirely on their Eve line of app-connected smart home accessories. Corsair will be buying up the Elgato Gaming division, which will continue on as a separate brand.

"Today, the Gaming space is more dynamic and exciting than ever," said Markus Fest, Elgato's founder. "We sought a larger partner to help us capitalize on the phenomenal opportunities ahead"

"The brand has been with us for almost twenty years and we are obviously a little sad to see it go, but Corsair is a fantastic company and will be a great new home for Elgato," added Fest. "At the same time our Eve product line will benefit from a focused team and a dedicated organization. This move will further strengthen both product families."

The company's line of Thunderbolt accessories consisting of both Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 2 docking stations will also be sold to Corsair.

AppleInsider most recently covered the Eve Aqua - a smart water controller, the company's most recent HomeKit accessory.

Elgato was formed in 2002 after the launch of their award-winning EyeTV collection, growing to consist of gaming peripherals, video capture cards, docking stations, and of course the Eve lineup. Elgato launched their first connected HomeKit devices in 2016 with the Eve Energy, Eve Room, Eve Door and Window, and Eve Weather.

In the time since, they've expanded their lineup with new smart home devices including the Eve Button, Eve Aqua, Eve Smoke, and more.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    adm1adm1 Posts: 868member
    maybe they can "focus" on adding wifi connectivity.
    Alex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    nzmacnzmac Posts: 2member
    Wifi not great on HomeKit. Lifx wifi are the least reliable of our HomeKit accessories and sometimes do not respond (2 wifi and 31 zigbee and 7 Bluetooth ). Also would not want to have that many additional devices all using wifi scope.  The Bluetooth devices just communicate through our AppleTV hubs. 

    Edit: also would not want to have to provide power on items like window ad door to enable wifi. Low power Bluetooth is good option
    edited June 27 Alex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    anomeanome Posts: 1,031member

    I'm still waiting for them to update the Turbo.264 to Turbo.265. A cheap(ish) hardware encoding engine, which I'm still using to convert video files for iTunes.


    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    anome said:

    I'm still waiting for them to update the Turbo.264 to Turbo.265. A cheap(ish) hardware encoding engine, which I'm still using to convert video files for iTunes.


    You will be waiting for a while. The Turbo.264 uses a specific chip that only knows how to perform H.264 encoding. H.265 would require new hardware/chips to work.

    I think all their video products are discontinued at this point...
  • Reply 5 of 7
    anomeanome Posts: 1,031member
    anome said:

    I'm still waiting for them to update the Turbo.264 to Turbo.265. A cheap(ish) hardware encoding engine, which I'm still using to convert video files for iTunes.


    You will be waiting for a while. The Turbo.264 uses a specific chip that only knows how to perform H.264 encoding. H.265 would require new hardware/chips to work.

    I think all their video products are discontinued at this point...
    I realise that, I was hoping they'd release a new dongle, preferably for USB 3 (the Turbo.264 is still only USB 2), but I think you're right - they've ditched the video line.

    Pity. Guess I'll have to look at a Synology box to do the encoding instead. Which is a lot more expensive.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    anome said:
    anome said:

    I'm still waiting for them to update the Turbo.264 to Turbo.265. A cheap(ish) hardware encoding engine, which I'm still using to convert video files for iTunes.


    You will be waiting for a while. The Turbo.264 uses a specific chip that only knows how to perform H.264 encoding. H.265 would require new hardware/chips to work.

    I think all their video products are discontinued at this point...
    I realise that, I was hoping they'd release a new dongle, preferably for USB 3 (the Turbo.264 is still only USB 2), but I think you're right - they've ditched the video line.

    Pity. Guess I'll have to look at a Synology box to do the encoding instead. Which is a lot more expensive.
    I've worked with Synology boxes.  They are more expensive, but they are also much more useful as multi-taskers...
    edited June 28
  • Reply 7 of 7
    I rely on Elgato's EyeTV software with 4 tV tuners (2 from Elgato and the dual-tuner HD-HomeRun). I'll be very sad if the EyeTV product range is now orphaned. :-(
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