Razer’s socially distanced gaming face mask was given a name – the Razer Zephyr – and entered the beta testing phase.
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The RGB face mask was announced earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing players to lip read and visualize facial cues while protecting themselves.
Razer representatives noted at the time that the company was preparing for “the new normal,” which can involve wearing masks in crowded spaces such as gaming conventions and tournaments.
Since many gaming events haven’t been able to take place in physical spaces – most recently the League Of Legends championships have reimbursed tickets due to the increase in coronavirus cases – technology can help create a safer environment for community esports.
Razer’s website has a sign-up form that allows fans to become beta testers for the new technology, which has undergone substantial cosmetic changes since the last reveal. These changes can be seen in the last video.
Originally introduced as Project Hazel, the Razer Zephyr features N95 medical grade respiratory protection and will come with removable and rechargeable active fans and air flow regulators. The mask has also been tested for its bacterial filtration efficiency, successfully filtering out at least 95% of airborne particles.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Razer has converted some of its manufacturing facilities to provide medical grade masks. Over a million of these have been made and donated, but Project Zephyr aims to help prevent environmental problems associated with disposable masks.
In other beta games news, Microsoft is testing a new “night mode” for its Xbox consoles to protect them from eye strain.