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Designed for eSports – Razer unveils the Wildcat

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Razer is going head-to-head with the Xbox One Elite with their new Wildcat – a controller that seemingly does everything the Elite does. Developed with eSports in mind, the controller is fully customisable so you can swap your button layouts around depending on the game you are playing.

Unlike other brands in this market, the Wildcat has opted for two additional triggers underneath, and two additional bumpers on the shoulders of the controller – each one can be mapped to any button of the controller.

Tech Specs

  • 2 shoulder Hyperesponse Multi-Function Bumpers
  • 2 removable Hyperesponse Multi-Function Triggers
  • 4 Hyperesponse ABXY action buttons
  • 4 button Quick Control Panel
  • Optional trigger stops for rapid-fire
  • Zero slow-turn analog joysticks
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input
  • Optional rubber palm grips
  • Quick-release cable feature
  • Carrying case
  • Detachable 3 m / 10 ft lightweight braided fibre cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size : 106 mm / 4.17” (Length) x 156 mm / 6.14” (Width) x 66 mm / 2.60” (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable) : 260 g / 0.57 lbs

For more information, check out the Wildcat’s product page over on Razer’s website.

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset review

The Kraken… just how cool is that for a name of a headset? It certainly sets the bar high when you name your product after a legendary water beast! Razer is renowned among the PC crowd for their quality headsets and gaming peripherals, now they are stretching out on to the Xbox One with their first stereo headset – so how does the Kraken fare?

razer-kraken-xbox-one-gallery-12The Kraken is beautifully packaged, with the headset proudly on display behind thin transparent plastic secured down by the Velcro backed flaps of the packaging – it certainly looks the part!

First things first, you need to get your headset connected to your console. Simply plug it into your controller via the 3.5mm jack and connect the controller (while it’s switched off) to the Xbox One via the USB that comes supplied with the headset – ‘update in progress’, job done – it’s as simple as that.

After fracturing the wire in one of my previous headsets, I was a little concerned that the Kraken’s connecting wire from headset to controller wasn’t detachable and therefore not replaceable, upon further inspection and after some use I noted that the connecting wire and jack are in fact quite durable and so a potential fracture looks like it may well have been considered and not as likely as I had previously thought.

razer-kraken-xbox-one-gallery-7The headset chat adaptor that is included in the box is identical to the official Xbox One adaptor save a few differences to the aesthetic. By default the game and chat volume is equally balanced but you can increase or decrease either one and also adjust the overall level of sound in the headset. The trusty mute button takes centre spot on the adaptor for when you just don’t want your group to hear the level of cuss words that come out of your mouth, or when your wife walks in wanting a conversation about what the kids want for their tea!

Having previously used a wireless receiver for connecting a headset, this was the first headset I’ve used that only needs to be connected via the controller – that’s right, no additional leads are required – simply plug it in to the controller and it works, gone are the days of being tangled in a mass of wires, mind you if you did get tangled the bright vibrant Razer green wires are easy to unravel.

razer-kraken-xbox-one-gallery-2The mic clicks down into place and stowed back again when not in use, it’s positioned neatly at the end of a flexible boom, which is rigid enough to perfectly get the mic into a position that you prefer. Be warned though, the mic is very sensitive so best not put it too close to your mouth unless your friends like hearing you breath heavily down the mic. As for clarity of voice, the mic gives crystal clear sound – the difference was extremely noticeable when I swapped out the Kraken for another pair I own. Unfortunately (like most headsets I’ve used) you can’t hear your own voice, which can mean you might end up talking far more loudly than you need to. Remember to mute the headset when you’ve stowed the mic – there’s no auto-mute for when it’s in the upright position, which I feel is a feature that should have been included.

While the mic isn’t obvious when stowed it’s enough to put me off wearing these while walking down the street with them plugged into my iPhone, I couldn’t help but feel like an idiot wearing a pair of gaming headphones out in the neighbourhood!

razer-kraken-xbox-one-gallery-1The headband of the Kraken features little padding, but I never understood why some headsets put so much effort into headband padding – take beats for example, they have virtually no padding and they’re super comfortable.

Unless you have large ears, the ear cups are perfectly adequate in size and have ample padding. The lightweight design of the headset make the Kraken one of the most comfortable pair of cans I’ve worn – this is no fashion show, but you also don’t look like an idiot while wearing them.

razer-kraken-xbox-one-gallery-3The sound of the Kraken is great, offering a beautifully crisp balanced clarity to your games although if “you’re all about the bass” then you might be left wanting because I found that the Kraken lacks the deepness to bass making them sound rather too high on the treble – this also means explosions won’t rock your head as much. Once my ears became accustomed to the lack of bass I can’t say I missed it and the high treble enabled me to pick out other sounds like my good ‘friend’ Dave trying to sneak up on me and stab me in the back – apparently that’s what friends do!

I would have liked for there to be some options to adjust sound on the Kraken, like a bass booster or a way to reduce the treble – while some games sounded perfectly balanced, others were far too ‘light’ because the bass just wasn’t coming through well – the opening menu of Titanfall and sound of your Titan coming thundering down to earth just sounded weak and needed that extra thump from the bass.

Range wise, the headset doesn’t quite make it round all the rooms in my house and even a trip to the kitchen suffered some loss in connection.

The Kraken is a no fuss headset, it looks great, the mic is crystal clear and the sound mix is almost spot on. To top it all off the Kraken is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve worn – congrats Razer you certainly have my attention, now how’s about a 7.1 surround sound version?

Thanks to Razer Europe for supplying TiX with a review unit

You can buy the Kraken for Xbox One directly from Razer for £89.99.

Razer unleashes the Kraken upon Xbox One

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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
Availability:
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

Razer Confirms Microsoft Partnership for Xbox One Accessories

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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.

Deadpool @ MCM London Comic Con

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Visitors to MCM London Comic Con on 24-26 May will get an exclusive worldwide first to play of Deadpool, Activision’s exciting new actioner starring Marvel Comics‘ iconic anti-hero. The publisher says that show attendees will have the chance to get hands-on with two levels from the upcoming game, which will be released on Xbox 360 (and other none important platforms) on 28 June.

As if getting a worldwide exclusive first play isn’t enough, visitors will also be able to take part in a range of special Deadpool activities across the weekend:

  • Everyone who plays the game will get a free and exclusive Deadpool poster with artwork that has been especially created for MCM London Comic Con by a Marvel artist.
  • Everyone who pre-orders Deadpool from GAME at the Activision stand will walk away with an exclusive Deadpool T-shirt (while stocks last).
  • At 2pm on the Saturday of the show, Activision will be giving away 1,000 awesome Deadpool masks – don your epic new headgear and do some Deadpooling!
  • Get your picture taken against the Deadpool photo wall emblazoned with an image of the iconic marvel character, tweet it with the hashtag #DeadpoolGame and on each day of the show Activision will pick one lucky tweeter who will win a copy of the game (to be sent to them when it releases).

I will be heading to our beautiful capital city this Saturday (25th May) to attend and report back exclusively for ThisisXbox. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@KrisWB) for live pictures and updates throughout the day. I’ll also be meeting the @Razer team to get some hands on time with their new Atrox Arcade Controller for Xbox 360 as seen below:

Keep your eyes open for my full report on Sunday!