SteelSeries, one of the players in the gaming peripherals market, introduced its new Sibera Elite Gaming Headset at GamesCom in Colgone, Germany this week. The company tells Maximum PC that this headset is three years in the making. That was enough time for SteelSeries to develop next-generation drivers with "new layers of sound and power that we've yet to have in a pair of cans," as well as implement 7.1 virtual surround sound via Dolby Pro Logic IIx.
Roccat, a German manufacturer of gaming peripherals with an increasing presence in the U.S. market, unveiled its Kave XTD 5.1 Digital headset for gamers at Gamescom. It's the successor to the original Kave 5.1 and incorporates new and improved features based on community and customer feedback, the company claims. One of those feature upgrades is the addition of a built-in sound card.
Pro+ model offers 3D directional audio, removable microphone, and more
Last week Mad Catz introduced the Kunai PC headset, aimed at gamers on a budget. Now, Mad Catz is shipping the Tritton Pro+ headset, a considerably less value-priced model for users who want to give their gaming time a little more oomph.
Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has teamed up with Valve, developer of Dota 2 and creator of The International Tournament, to announce the "Siberia v2 Illuminated Gaming Headset Dota 2 Special Edition" and two new SteelSeries QcK+ mousepads featuring artwork from the game. Starting with the headset, gamers will receive an exclusive in-game item, Scythe of Vyse for Nature's Prophet.
Gaming peripheral maker Razer wants to hammer your head with its new family of Hammerhead in-ear headsets made from aircraft-grade aluminum. They come in two versions, the Razer Hammerhead and Hammerhead Pro, both with 9mm neodymium drivers, advanced passive noise isolation, and interchangeable ear-tips with bi-flanges. The Pro model adds an omni-directional microphone with an in-line remote for phone-call control.
Razer Surround: Can virtual surround sound software do the job of a real 7.1 headset?
Razer Surround is a program for gamers to get surround sound in any pair of headphones, be itRazer or otherwise. That’s right, install it and Razer claims that you’ll have “the best virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience [possible] with any stereo headphones.”
The H820e boasts 10 hours of talk time on a single charge.
It's not just gamers and music buffs who need a solid pair of headphones, office workers trying to collaborate across the globe and close sales can benefit from a high quality headset, too. It's with that in mind that Logitech built its new Wireless Headset H820e for unified communications and PC-based soft phones. In an attempt to deliver the best of all worlds, Logitech claims the H820e brings together "enterprise-grade audio and innovative features in an affordable package" for every type of work environment, from traditional cubicles to open and/or home offices.
DIY repair gurus will appreciate how easy it is to tear into the Oculus Rift.
Maybe the Oculus Rift headset will take video games to new heights in ways that previous virtual reality (VR) headsets couldn't, or perhaps it will end up another footnote in the history of technology. If it does go the way of the latter, it won't be because the headset is hard to service at home. Just the opposite, as our friends at iFixit found out when they took apart the hardware in their latest teardown.
With the Tiamat 7.1, Razer is redefining the top end of the gaming audio line. Where previous headsets have had trouble creating a surround gaming experience through just two drivers, the Tiamat fits what is essentially an entire surround sound system into each earcup, with five individual drivers, including a sub. You’ll need a 5.1- or 7.1-capable analog sound subsystem with three outputs to take advantage of the surround (and at $180, the set’s not worth it if you can’t), but if you’ve got the hardware this is the new headset to beat.
Each earcup on the Tiamat 7.1 features five individual drivers, which are visible through the side windows
If you spend your days dreaming of taking to the skies, Razer's new BlackShark headphones may be the peripheral to keep your head above ground, even if you aren't. The stereo gaming headset was designed to look and feel like the ones worn by attack helicopter pilots, Razer says, and if they look familiar, it's because the gaming peripheral maker already sells a branded pair for Battlefield 3 junkies.