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New Orange/Dark Grey A40 from Astro

As you’ve likely noticed, we love our Xbox One accessories here at This is Xbox, and we especially love headsets. Our friends at Astro Gaming dropped some news into our inbox yesterday letting us know the A40 has received an updated colour scheme!


Inspired by ASTRO Gaming’s home town of San Francisco, the Orange / Dark Grey A40 brings a unique look to your Xbox One set up. Like all A40 headsets, this version features pro sound quality and is lightweight and easily adjustable, providing hours of comfortable wear. By attaching the MixAmp™ M80 directly to your Xbox One controller, you take full command of your game sound and chat audio for an integrated and uninterrupted gameplay experience.

If you haven’t already make sure you read Rich Berry’s ASTRO Gaming A40 + M80 Mixamp Xbox One headset review.


New Nyko accessory to keep your Xbox One cool


Nyko Technologies, a leading accessories manufacturer, earlier today announced details around the release of their Intercooler accessory for Xbox One consoles. The Intercooler is a clip-on accessory that once attached will improve the ambient temperature of your Xbox One console. Now available online at Nyko.com, Amazon and other select retailers, the accessory will set you back $24.99.

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The Intercooler for Xbox One works by dramatically increasing the rate at which hot air is pulled away from the console. Built with one quiet, high-efficiency fan, the Intercooler for Xbox One helps ameliorate heat dissipation concerns for gamers who store their console in enclosed spaces or in close proximity with other electronic devices and is powered by a short cord that plugs into one of the console’s USB ports.

Gamers today rarely restrict themselves to a single device. Their game cabinets are bristling with hardware, consoles stacked on consoles in close quarters – under these conditions, ventilation could be an issue. The Intercooler for Xbox One is the answer to this problem.

said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be spending some hard earned $’s on this…


Razer unleashes the Kraken upon Xbox One


The guys behind the hugely popular PC gaming headset Kraken have taken to the Xbox One scene by releasing their first headset for the newest console on the block. The Razer Kraken Stereo Gaming Headset is available now for Xbox One and boasts a set of 40mm neodymium drivers powering each of the left and right headset speakers, while the headband padding ensures comfort throughout your gaming sessions – at least that’s what it says on the tin, hopefully we will report back soon with first hand experience of these sweet looking cans.

Our Kraken headset series has always been popular with gamers who are looking for high-performance audio and product quality,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Like the Xbox One, the Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One is designed to provide gamers with unparalleled power and performance. This new headset is joining the Razer Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One and we are excited to expand our console line further in the future.

As you might expect, the headset comes complete with its own built in mic and even comes with an audio control unit so there’s no need to purchase the additional Xbox headset adaptor before you can use the Kraken.

The Kraken’s finer statistics

Price: US: $99.99 / EUR: €99.99
RazerStore: Available Now
Worldwide: December 2014
Headphone features:
Optimized weight for extended wear
Closed ear cup design for maximum comfort
Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32Ω at 1 kHz
Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1 V/Pa): 110 ± 4 dB at 1 kHz Max
Input Power: 50 mW
Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium magnets

Microphone features:
Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 50 dB
Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1V/Pa): -42 ± 3 dB
Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

Audio Control Unit features:
Proprietary port for connection to the Xbox One Controller
Dedicated volume control and mute button
Individual controls for game and chat volume

Nyko release the Modular Power Station for Xbox One

With a new console comes a whole host of new third party hardware to tempt us into cheaper controllers, charging stations or cooling systems. Nyko have jumped on the peripheral wagon and have released a rather funky looking docking system that bolts directly onto the left side of your Xbox One.

Taking design cues from the console itself, the ‘Modular Power Station’ is home to two battery packs that charge while the console is switched on. Two LED charge icons at the front of the docking station indicate the status of each battery while the compartment is easily accessed by ‘one touch’.

The Power Station is designed with marathon-session gamers in mind,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “It allows players to hot-swap their controllers’ batteries without breaking momentum, so running out of power will never again force an undesired gaming break.

With less wires to contend with and a back up battery pack, is this something gamers would be interested in? Check out the image gallery and let us know what you think.

New Xbox 360 Redesign to Compliment Xbox One

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Microsoft today at E3 announced a brand new Xbox 360 SKU for those wishing to update their existing console to an irresistible new design that falls inline with the Xbox One console coming later this fall. Shipping today to retailers across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland and Australia, the new Xbox 360 will continue to roll out worldwide across all Xbox regions over the coming months, extending the life cycle and legacy of the celebrated console that has already sold 76 million units worldwide and has been the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past 28 months.

Sporting a sleek and stylish new design, the new Xbox 360 brings together a similar look and feel across the entire family of Xbox products. The new Xbox 360 appears stunning wherever it fits in the home and offers great performance. It is available in multiple value-packed editions for the same great prices as the existing Xbox 360 S consoles in most retail outlets.

As a message of thanks to the millions of Xbox fans around the world for their passion and loyalty, Microsoft announced that every qualifying Xbox Live Gold member — new or existing — will receive two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 until Dec. 31, 2013, including popular titles such as “Halo 3” and “Assassin’s Creed II.” And to celebrate E3 in the month of June, Xbox Live Gold members will receive a free download of “Fable III.”3 In addition, for a limited time gamers can get a Day One 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play “Killer Instinct: Round One,” with the exclusive Shadow Jago character, on Xbox One. Players will also receive a commemorative Day One membership card.

Roger That – Xbox 360 Camouflage Wireless Controller

cammo controller

The new wireless controller on the block this Spring for the Xbox 360 was announced a few weeks ago, but today thisisxbox received a complimentary unit prior to the official release date this May. As a Special Edition in a green-shades camouflage design it looks very smart and a sure-fire hit for any gamer who loves to outfit their console and accessories with khaki themes because they are likely to enjoy all the war games currently available on the market.

As well as featuring a unique camouflage design, the controller has a 30-foot wireless range and a transforming D-pad, enabling rotation between the “plus” and “disc” formats for greater precision. Special Edition controllers such as this make perfect gifts for the gamer who you know is likely to have all the latest games, but you still want to find that perfect present that fits with their gaming habits. So, if you’re unsure about what game to buy your friends and family instead of opting for the gift-card-voucher easy option, have you thought of buying a new controller?

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Maybe you’re thinking about this for yourself recently, or if you’re in the military it would be fitting to replace your controller with a design that you’re eyes have likely seen for months or even years on end – make your controller match your uniform! It has also been known that many hardcore fans of the Xbox 360 buy all the Special Editions of both console and controller, since the retail units are often limited and come in a range of jazzy designs and styles that will not be around for long. If you feel like adding a camouflage design to your collection, then why the hell not – especially if you’ve previously snapped up the pink, blue and metallic editions!

The new wireless camouflage controller will be available in selected EMEA markets beginning in May that includes: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates. If you’re living in the US, the new controller is exclusive to Wal-Mart for around $54.99 whilst an EU price has not yet been announced, but it should sit in-line with most other new official Xbox 360 controllers found at your nearest gaming retailer.

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Playing Call of Duty with the new camouflage controller does feel rather good – now to go find me a ghillie suit!