SteelSeries talks gaming headsets, mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, and more!
SteelSeries wanted to drop by to show off its latest Sibera gaming headsets so we thought we would round them up in the podcast room to talk about that and more. In addition to headset talk, on episode 233 of the No BS Podcast, we discuss mechanical keyboards, wired/wireless gaming mice, the possibility of future Steam Machine peripherals, potential VR controllers, and much more.
Snazzy looking headsets for different types of gamers
SteelSeries today announced the launch of its new Sibera headset family consisting of several different models. Each one takes aim at gamers (as opposed to music and movie buffs) with a variety of options and price points ranging from $60 MSRP (Sibera RAW Prism) all the way to $200 MSRP (Sibera Elite Prism), the latter of which is an an upgraded version of the Sibera Elite.
Oculus confirms that Crescent Bay prototype isn't for sale
If you recently ordered an Oculus Rift development kit 2, but are still waiting for it to arrive, you might be wondering if Oculus will let you hold off on DK2 in favor of the newer, snazzier Crescent Bay prototype. At least, that’s a situation we found ourselves in.
German peripherals maker Roccat just added the Kave XTD Stereo to its growing line of audio peripherals, along with a combat themed version that it's calling Kave XTD Stereo Military. Other than the color scheme, these two headsets are the same -- both sport 50mm neodymium magnet drivers shoved inside padded earcups. According to Roccat, these are ultra-lightweight but durable headsets.
Call it a marketing play if you will, but Corsair is determined to demonstrate its commitment to PC gamers by creating a new division called Corsair Gaming. It's under this new title that Corsair will release new and rebranded peripherals for gamers, starting with three RGB keyboards (K95 RGB, K70 RGB, and K65 RGB), two RGB mice (M65 RGB in black or white color options), and a pair of headsets (H1500 and H2100).
Oculus making steady progress on road to consumer Rift
At its two-day Oculus Connect developer conference in Los Angeles this week, Facebook-owned Oculus VR introduced a new, improved version of its Rift virtual reality head mounted display (HMD). Called Crescent Bay, this latest prototype packs a number of improvements over the DK2 model. These improvements, the company says, are enough to ensure a level of immersion “that’s impossible to achieve with DK2.”
Here's another chance to join the Explorer Program
Google's Explorer Program is once again open to the public, just as it was last month. Like before, cost of entry is $1,500, which in return makes you an "Explorer," which is Google's clever way of avoiding the term "beta tester." Not that there's anything wrong with being a beta tester, especially when the product is fairly refined, but Explorer sure does sound a whole lot better when you're being asked to plunk down one and a half large to join the party.
You may have seen reports indicating that the bill of materials (BOM) associated with Google Glass is a mere $79.78, well short of the $1,500 price tag it costs to join the Explorer program and bring a set home. Sounds like highway robbery, right? Even after factoring in other expenses that have nothing do to with the actual component costs, the markup seems downright obscene. But is it? Google denies its Glass device cost just $80 to make. So how much is it really?
Never heard of Feenix, you say? The company is a relative newcomer to the field of PC peripherals and appears to be trying to make a splash by combining elegant designs with premium crafted components. Fleshing out a limited (but growing) catalog of peripherals is the Aria, which Feenix claims is a "studio grade" headphone and microphone combination. Let's take a peek at the specs.
Mad Catz has announced that the Tritton 720+ 7.1 surround sound headset has been shipped to retail stores. Originally released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles in 2012, the Tritton is finally being released for the PC platform.