SteelSeries’ new Arctis 9 wi-fi headset is prepared for the PS5 and PC
There’s a brand new model of SteelSeries’ Arctis 9 wi-fi gaming headset accessible beginning at this time for $199.99. The design and have set is sort of an actual match to the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. However whereas the Arctis 9X helps the Xbox One (and is ahead appropriate to Xbox Collection S / X), the brand new Arctis 9 is appropriate with the PC and PlayStation 4, with compatibility for the PS5 ensured at launch. And whereas the Arctis 9X doesn’t require a dongle to hook up with the Xbox, the Arctis 9 wants the included USB receiver that you would be able to toggle from PC to PlayStation, relying on the platform you’ve plugged it into.
In any other case, the brand new headset has the identical declare of 20-hour battery life and the power to be related through 2.4GHz wi-fi and Bluetooth concurrently — a characteristic that I really like dearly. It’s nice if you wish to hearken to podcasts or take calls in your cellphone whilst you hearken to your sport audio.
The controls on this new headset are additionally unchanged, with a chat and sport audio combine dial that’s simply accessible on the again facet of the left ear cup. Sadly, this characteristic is at present usable solely on PCs because of the approach Sony at present handles routing sport audio and chat audio through USB on its PlayStation consoles. The left ear cup additionally incorporates a retractable increase microphone.
The whole lot else is housed over on the proper ear cup. That’s the place you’ll discover a 3.5mm jack that offers the choice for wired listening, a Micro USB port for charging, buttons for turning on the headset and pairing it through Bluetooth, a mic mute button, and, lastly, a grasp quantity dial.
We’ve been seeing an uptick in gaming headsets from corporations that declare to be prepared for next-generation consoles. Whereas manufacturers like SteelSeries and Turtle Seaside appear to be staying the course of releasing headsets made particularly for every platform, different choices just like the Audeze Penrose and the Astro A20 Gen 2 can work with each consoles — that’s, when you have wi-fi receivers for each the Xbox Collection S / X and PS5.
I count on to see much more headsets coming this fall because the consoles close to their launch, so there gained’t be a scarcity of choices to decide on between in case you’re available in the market.
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