Turtle Beach have announced that they are to release an Elite Pro headset.
The headset is a culmination of years of Research & Development and comes with some excellent features. The Elite Pro headset is set to deliver the best-in-class game audio and chat performance, but as well as groundbreaking comfort-driven technologies, including the ComforTec™ Fit System with multiple adjustment points for a truly personalized headset fit and feel, Aerofit™ Ear Cushions that stay cool in the heat of battle, and Turtle Beach’s all-new patented ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System that finally makes wearing a gaming headset comfortable for players who wear glasses.
Additionally, the Elite Pro T.A.C. is the most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports, combining cutting-edge audio technology like DTS™ Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing™ with incredibly powerful chat and microphone tuning tools.
This also signals the beginning of Turtle Beach’s relationship with eSports. , OpTic Gaming – one of the most prolific eSports organisations in the world have selected Turtle Beach and the all-new Elite Pro line as their official gaming audio gear of choice. Through this new partnership, OpTic’s Championship Call of Duty, Halo and Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams will begin using the Elite Pro Headset & T.A.C.
The Elite Pro Headset, T.A.C. and accessories are planned to launch globally this summer, and are currently available for pre-order starting today at participating retail outlets worldwide, for the UK, GAME has the exclusive distribution rights for the Elite Pro series.
Mad Catz have been showing off their new Tritton Katana 7.1 HD headset at CES this week—and has picked up a CES 2016 Innovations Award for the product’s unique approach to game audio.
Nearly all gaming headsets today utilise digital optical audio to carry their surround sound streams. These have always been limited to six channels of compressed audio, however, and only replicate a “simulated” 7.1 experience. Getting true, uncompressed audio often requires some pretty high-end equipment in your console gaming setup.
Tritton’s new Katana HD 7.1 appears to solve this problem entirely, taking an uncompressed 7.1 audio stream straight from the console’s HDMI port, right into your ears, through a smart little codec from DTS that encodes audio into a spatial binaural stereo stream, giving you that familiar sense of surround sound. It’s compatible with HDMI-ARC too, so you only need one transmitter for all your audio sources. No more cable switching!
Unfortunately for Xbox One users, however, it’s not completely wireless. You’ll still need a chat cable heading to your controller, unlike the Astro MixAmp Pro TR’s integrated USB solution. Still, lossless HDMI audio is something of a first for standalone gaming headsets and is definitely a welcome step forward.
The Tritton Katana 7.1 HD is priced at £179.99 and ships in March.
The premium 100% wireless gaming headset is set to retail at £149.99 and can be purchased from Turtle Beach on their website here and Argos.
As the market leader, we continuously challenge ourselves to innovate and create new headsets with unique offerings for each segment of the gaming audience,” “Our third fully wireless Xbox One headset, the Stealth 420X, delivers the perfect mix of best-in-class features and functionality from its Elite 800X and Stealth 500X siblings for a more immersive and comfortable gaming experience at a great price.
said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. Keep your eyes on ThisisXbox.com over the coming week as our very own Dave Moran has a review of the Elite 800X headset to share.
The full list of features for the EAR FORCE Stealth 420X includes:
100% Fully Wireless – No wires anywhere. Experience crystal clear game and chat audio using the latest, intelligent channel-hopping technology for interference-free wireless gaming.
Simple Setup – One simple-to-set-up USB connection to the Xbox One and players’ wireless gaming dreams come true.
STOP SHOUTING! – Mic Monitoring lets players hear their own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.
Game & Chat Volume Control – Independent game audio and chat audio controls allow players to tune the mix to their preference.
Lightweight & Comfortable Headset Design – An updated over-ear headset design with supple, perforated synthetic leather-wrapped ear-cups provides superior comfort and improved bass response.
Mic Check – A high-sensitivity, adjustable boom mic picks-up voice audio loud and clear. Remove the mic to enjoy mobile/tablet gaming, as well as listening to music and watching movies.
15 Hour Rechargeable Battery – A built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 15 hours of wireless gaming.
Audio Presets & Voice Prompts – Four Turtle Beach audio presets and audible voice prompts from the headset tell gamers what setting they’ve selected.
Have you picked up this headset already? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
Mad Catz has announced today a new range of licensed audio headsets for Xbox One under the TRITTON gaming audio brand. Each headset in the range has been designed to deliver exceptional audio quality specifically tuned to the needs of the gamer.
Headsets launching include:
TRITTON Kunai – Stereo Gaming Headset
Designed for extreme comfort and extended gaming sessions, Kunai comes to Xbox One with superior stereo audio, high-quality build and an eye-catching design. Kunai is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices.
TRITTON Kama – Stereo Gaming Headset
A fully featured stereo headset featuring in-line audio controls and precision-balanced 40mm speakers. Kama is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices
TRITTON Kaiken – Mono Chat Headset
An ideal upgrade to the communicator found in pack, Kaiken can be worn on the left or right ear and features in-line controls for volume and chat.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, “We are excited to introduce our range of professional gaming audio headsets to the Xbox One platform. We believe the range continues to build upon our strong TRITTON brand and provides quality audio, particularly for multiplayer communication, that is desired by the passionate gamer. With audio accounting for nearly 50% of our net sales, we expect the range to make a significant contribution to growth and profitability in fiscal 2015.”
Razer, who are best known for making a range of console and PC accessories amongst other gaming gear, has today announced its ongoing partnership with Microsoft will include development of new products for the Xbox One console.
A suite of products for the Xbox One, including a controller, arcade stick and more, will be made by Razer, which also produced a popular line of premium accessories for the Xbox 360.
“Razer is dedicated to improving the overall experience from the games themselves to the player, be it console or PC,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “By working with a company as prestigious as Microsoft on a system as sought-after as the Xbox One, we’ll be able to accomplish just that. This is an exciting time for the hundreds of millions of gamers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”
Products, pricing and release dates will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
[Updated: It’s a fuck up! between GEM and E.Theatre – but a headset was confirmed to have been on retail sheets which might have been an error on Microsoft’s part.]
GEM Distribution Ltd in the UK are official distributors for Microsoft Studios and Xbox hardware, it has been reported by ElectronicTheatre that wired headsets are included in the console bundle set to retail for £429 during November this year.
The Xbox One hardware bundle will now include the Xbox One console featuring a 500GB hard disk drive and Blu-ray player, the new version of Kinect, a HDMI cable, and a redesigned wireless controller in addition to a wired Chat Headset. This package will be available from an unspecified date in November 2013, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of £429 GBP.
Previously the console was to ship without a bundled headset because it had been stated that Kinect 2.0 was fully capable of handling all chat features for Xbox One. The news hasn’t officially been confirmed by Microsoft, but the inclusion of a headset is another great U-turn of events sure to please the consumer.