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Facebook Technologies Stops Sales of Oculus VR Headset in Germany

Facebook Technologies, a subsidiary of Facebook Inc. and owner of Oculus, has today "temporarily" suspended sales of Oculus VR headsets in Germany. The news is coming today after Oculus announced that all of the new Oculus accounts have to move to the Facebook login system before January 1, 2023, when all of the current Oculus accounts will be suspended. The German data protection law is extremely suspicious of Facebook's behavior and how they handle user data in general, so Oculus has potentially decided to stop the sales to avoid any possible antitrust regulations from the German government. The exact reason is unknown, and it is yet to be revealed, however, the suspicions laid out here may be part of the reason.

HyperX Announces Cloud Stinger S Gaming Headset

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX Cloud Stinger S gaming headset + 7.1. The new Cloud Stinger S gaming headset features virtual 7.1 surround sound via NGENUITY software with 50 mm directional drivers for an immersive audio experience.

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S weighs just 275 grams and is built with 90-degree rotating ear cups to provide hours of comfort for PC gaming. The lightweight headset utilizes virtual 7.1 surround sound to provide a more immersive in-game audio experience. The headset's 50 mm directional drivers position sound directly into the ear, delivering high-quality sound with pinpoint audio precision.

Logitech G Lets You Play Your Way With a New Lineup of Vibrant Gaming Gear

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced a new collection of gaming gear that celebrates self expression and the fun side of gaming. The centerpiece of the new Logitech G-Series Color Collection is the G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset. Featuring four vibrant colors, the new G733 gaming headset is a full featured, wireless headset that fits with your style and helps make your gaming experience more reflective of your world. Rounding out the Color Collection is the G203 and G305 Gaming Mice and G915 TKL Gaming Keyboard.

"As gaming becomes a bigger part of pop culture, personal expression and style have become a huge part of a gamers' identity," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of Logitech G. "With that in mind we set out to design a collection of high-performance gaming gear in a fun and colorful way." From gaming accessories to product packaging, grey, white and black colors have historically dominated the gaming industry, but as gaming expands to meet the needs of more diverse consumers, personal expression through this community is shifting. Through social media, the advent of user generated content (UGC) and the rapid rise in streaming, content creators' gear and gaming rooms are increasingly on display, encouraging these gamers to put more thought into the colors they use and what it conveys about their individual style and personality. Investing in one's surrounding environment to reflect inner expressions lends to a more immersive gaming experience and Logitech G's new Color Collection will amplify that.

HyperX Intros Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Headset in White

HyperX today introduced a new trim of its Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 gaming headset in Sony's favorite colors - glossy white with deep blue accents, matching the color scheme of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Compatible with both PS5 PS4 (all variants), and PC, the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 features a USB DAC that processes virtual 7.1 surround audio, which it then passes on to the headset over 2.4 GHz RF. The headphones component uses 40 mm stereo drivers with 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, 16 Ω impedance, 103 dB SPL/mW @ 1 kHz sound pressure level, and less than 2% THD. The uni-directional, noise-cancellation microphone does 50 Hz - 18 kHz response. On a full charge, the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless offers up to 17 hours of use. The headset weights 244 g. HyperX is pricing it at USD $79.99.

Turtle Beach Launching Updated Gen 2 Versions of The Stealth 600, Stealth 700 Headsets

Turtle Beach is launching updated Gen 2 versions of their Stealth 600 and Stealth 700 headsets. Like the previous iteration, these will be available in console-specific designs (with design language and connection types paired specifically for Xbox or PlayStation systems). The Stealth 600 will also be available in a simple white version for a more neutral approach to gaming. Connection-wise, the PlayStation version connects via a specific USB wireless adapter; the Xbox version connects directly to console or PC via Microsoft's proprietary connection and wireless receiver kit.

The headsets see a redesigned mic and button layout; the mic now completely recedes into the outside of the ear cup, as if it were a perfect jigsaw fit. The controls, instead of being disperse, are now neatly lined up around the outer edge of the left ear cup, and the Micro-USB charging port is now a USB-C one. Sound hardware wise both headsets are identical; the Stealth 700 justifies a higher price-tag through the usage of an all-black design with plush, leather-like ear pads. it also offers the ability to connect to devices via Bluetooth in addition to the actual game source, so users can listen to more than just in-game audio while playing. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 will cost $99.99 (the PlayStation version is already available, with the Xbox one being releases come September 20th. The Stealth 700 will be more expensive at $149.99 and will release for both platforms on September 20th. Each headset will be compatible with their respective current and next-gen systems.

Turtle Beach Introduces Work-from-Home and Online Learning Bundles

Leading gaming audio and accessory brand Turtle Beach today announced it has launched a customized selection of high-quality, affordable audio headsets, accessories, and bundles that can elevate any work- from-home or virtual learning setup to the next level. The key to Turtle Beach's Work and School from Home PC Headset bundles is the Atlas Edge - a powerful USB audio enhancer for Windows PCs that delivers amplified and customizable sound, Mic Monitoring to help keep loud talking to a minimum, plus immersive Waves Nx 3D Audio, and over 60 inches of extra cable length. Connect the Atlas Edge with other award-winning Turtle Beach headsets like the Elite Atlas, Atlas One, or Battle Buds, and voice chat will become crystal-clear, background noises are reduced, mobility is improved, and all-day comfort can make the work and learn from home situations more productive.

"Turtle Beach gaming headsets have absolutely helped people stay entertained and socialize with friends since March, they're also perfect accessories for working and learning from home," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. "In addition to staying connected with friends and family, we also understand the importance of staying connected at work and at school, and this selection of great products for affordable prices will certainly help keep up with peers, coworkers, teachers, and classmates."

HyperX Releases Cloud Core Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset with 7.1 surround sound for PC and PS4 gamers. Expanding HyperX's impressive headset lineup, the Cloud Core Gaming Headset + 7.1 features virtual 7.1 surround sound for clear positional audio and a more immersive gaming experience. Plus, with HyperX's signature Cloud DNA, the new headset offers the comfort, durability and sound to fit a range of gaming - or today's virtual classroom meeting - needs at a competitive price point.

The HyperX Cloud Core + 7.1 features an advanced audio control box for convenient controls of headset volume, mic volume, mic mute, and an easily accessible toggle for turning 7.1 surround sound on and off. The Cloud Core Gaming Headset + 7.1 also offers multi-platform compatibility with a USB audio control box for PC and PS4 and offers a 3.5 mm connection for platforms with a 3.5 mm port.

Razer Announces BlackShark V2 and BlackShark V2 X Gaming Headsets

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the definitive esports headset with the Razer BlackShark V2. Featuring the all-new Razer TriForce Titanium 50 mm Drivers, Razer HyperClear Cardioid Mic with USB Sound Card, advanced passive noise cancellation, and with THX Spatial Audio's new Game Profiles feature making its debut, the BlackShark V2 is the new pinnacle of multi-platform, wired gaming headsets - designed and tested in conjunction with some of the world's top esports athletes.

In esports, clarity of sound and communications is everything. Being able to hear the slightest audio cue and communicate clearly with teammates makes the difference between the glory of the win or being a footnote on the tournament roster. For the Razer BlackShark V2, Razer has developed an entirely new 50 mm audio driver which, coupled with a new custom-tuned microphone and superior passive noise cancelling earcups, creates the ultimate triple threat in esports - clear sounds, clear communication, and minimal external noise - a deadly audio trinity.

Logitech G Launches PRO X Wireless Gaming Headset

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced the Logitech G PRO X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset. This new PRO headset brings pro-grade LIGHTSPEED wireless technology to an award winning design that's built to the exacting specifications of the world's elite esports professionals. "I love my PRO X headset, the only thing I wish it had was wireless support," said Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, League of Legends, TSM. "Well now I don't have to wish anymore!"

Based on the award-winning PRO X Gaming Headset, the PRO X Wireless headset features high-quality materials, advanced communications, precision audio and total wireless freedom. The PRO X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset is now equipped with 2.4 GHz LIGHTSPEED wireless, which delivers over 20 hours of battery life and 42 feet of range.

Audeze Announces Penrose Wireless Headset for Xbox, PlayStation, PC

Audeze, the leading premium audiophile headphone manufacturer, today announces the launch of their new Penrose wireless headset aimed at console and PC gamers. Extending Audeze's family of gaming headphones that includes the high-end LCD-GX and the Mobius 3D Surround Sound PC gaming headset, the Penrose is designed with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 in mind. Penrose is equipped with Audeze's 100 mm planar magnetic drivers, a broadcast quality microphone for enhanced chat and streaming, and a 2.4 GHz low-latency lossless wireless connection, so gamers can experience the best in audio quality and wireless functionality.

To commemorate this announcement, the Audeze Penrose is now available to pre-order for the limited promotional price of 249 GBP (~315 USD). Pre-order details can be found here with shipments expected in early September.

Pico Releases Two New Versions of its G2 4K 3DoF VR Headset

Pico Interactive has recently announced two new versions of its G2 4K headset. The original Pico G2 4K was released in May 2019 as a competitor to the recently discontinued Oculus Go, the two headsets were quite similar both featuring only three degree of freedom (3DoF) head tracking and a single 3DoF controller however the Pico G2 4K did feature a slightly higher resolution screen.

The two new headsets the Pico G2 4K S and Pico G2 4K Enterprise offer incremental upgrades to the original headset, the Pico G2 4K S ups the internal storage to 128 GB from 32 GB and boosts the battery capacity by 20% which should equate to roughly 2 to 5 hours more battery life according to Pico. The Pico G2 4K Enterprise also features the aforementioned storage increase and battery boost but also includes a front 16 MP RGB camera. The Pico G2 4K S is now available through enterprise channels for 375 USD while the Pico G2 4K Enterprise will be coming in Q3 2020 for 450 USD.

Creative Announces SXFI GAMER USB-C Flagship Headset With Computational Audio

The SXFI GAMER is engineered with one main goal in mind—to be the perfect companion for gamers, including hardcore gamers who demand for more. Equipped with Super X-Fi technology and a pro-grade CommanderMic, SXFI GAMER is truly a game changer. Get lost in the fantasy reality of gaming world with its built-in Super X-Fi technology, which provides holographic audio personalized to your own ears. Experience an unbelievable level of realism in your headphones that sounds as good as the real thing.

Accumulating a total of 23 "Best of CES" awards over 2 years (2019 and 2020), Super X-Fi is our critically-acclaimed technology set to transform your listening experience. Super X-Fi delivers high-definition holographic audio as though there is a set of high-end multi-speaker setup within your headphones. Plus, Super X-Fi generates a custom sound profile based on your head and ear anthropometry, so the audio you get is specially optimized just for you.

JBL Announces the Quantum Range of Headsets

When it comes to competitive gaming, sound is survival - and JBL knows great sound. Today, the company announced the launch of first-ever JBL headset range in India designed exclusively for gamers, featuring the JBL QuantumSOUND Signature. The JBL Quantum Range delivers immersive audio quality and pinpoint accuracy to provide a true competitive advantage. From the thrill of tracking enemies in FPS games, to engaging in epic MOBA battles, the JBL Quantum Range amplifies victories with a sound experience that transforms each headset into a crown for the everyday champion.

The launch follows an exciting announcement of the JBL's association with lifestyle power brand and gaming organization "100 Thieves" bringing on board some of the top competitive global gamers in the industry. The exciting new range will cater to a burgeoning gaming industry in the country. The online gaming segment was estimated to be a $1.1 billion opportunity by 2021, according to a Google-KPMG report in 2017, which is now expected to increase at much faster pace. With one of the world's largest youth population, India is poised to become one of the world's leading markets in the gaming sector.

ABKONCORE B719 and CH713M Gaming Headsets on Sale for TechPowerUp Readers

ABKONCORE is an fast rising gaming PC hardware brand with gear for serious gaming and e-sports competitions. They bring TechPowerUp readers a chance to pick up two of their best purpose-built gaming headsets at heavily discounted prices. The ABKONCORE B719 is geared toward high-end PC gaming, Macs, smartphones, and consoles that include Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. It combines a pair of 50 mm neodymium drivers with a virtual 7.1-channel USB sound card with a plethora of game genre optimized DSPs. The USB connection also powers the headset's RGB LED lighting. Its mic offers noise-cancellation for crystal-clear squad comms.

The other headset on sale is the CH713M, geared towards competitive e-sports gaming. Much like the B719, the CH713M features a virtual 7.1-channel USB sound card, but wired to 50 mm dual-chamber drivers, and an extremely durable cable. It is optimized not just for gaming PCs, but also Macs, smartphones, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The included USB DAC with both headsets ensures lifelike 7.1 virtual surround that other headsets with analog 3.5 mm stereo jacks can't offer. Both the B719 and CH713M offer base rumble effects. The B719 is normally listed at USD $69.99 on Amazon, but TechPowerUp readers can use the early-bird coupon code to get it for just $48.99 (a 30% discount)! Likewise, the CH713M is priced at $59.99, but TechPowerUp readers can have it for $38.99 (35% off)! Hurry, the offer is open thru June 26, or until stocks last!

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Thermaltake Announces RIING Pro RGB 7.1, Shock XT Series & Isurus Pro V2 In-ear Gaming Headsets

The RIING Pro RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset features not only 7.1 premium virtual surround, but also oversized 50 mm drivers that minimize distortion while producing clear and precise sounds at both low and high frequencies. Enjoy a new level of audio quality with the built-in ESS ES9018 DAC and SABRE9601K amplifier that delivers 24-bit/ 96 kHz lossless playback with extraordinary dynamic range and ultralow distortion. The headset comes with an in-line control box that provides 7.1 virtual surround sound, preset EQ, and volume controls on-the-fly.

The comfortable padding of the ear cups are memory foam based, and it offers auto headband adjustments for hassle free and perfect fitment. After downloading the iTake software, the Thermaltake exclusive gaming gear controlling software, users can experience 7.1 virtual surround sound and customize RGB lighting effects across two separate zones. Besides RGB synchronizations among the gaming gear, users can also SyncALL lighting effects with TT RGB PLUS compatible Thermaltake products. The headset also works with Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service, enabling gaming and RGB lighting effect synchronizations or lighting control by talking to an Alexa enabled device.

MSI Announces Immerse GH30 V2 Gaming Headset

MSI rolled out the Immerse GH30 V2 gaming headset, a new variant of the original Immerse GH30 the company debuted in 2019 (and which we reviewed here). The headset has a nearly-identical mechanical design to the original, with some visual changes such as the bright red Lucky motif being replaced by a piano black one in a matte black background; and unless MSI has changed the make of its components, the V2 has identical specs to the original. The headphones component uses 40 mm neodymium drivers with 96 dB sensitivity, 32 Ω impedance, 20 Hz to 20 kHz and frequency response. The mic component has a unidirectional pickup, -36 dB sensitivity, 2.2 k Ω impedance, and 100 Hz to 10 kHz frequency response. Its main cable is 1.5 m long with a 4-pole 3.5 mm headset jack, and a Y-splitter for desktops. It weighs 222 g. We expect this headset to go for the same $50 price as the original.

Lenovo Announces Mirage VR S3 Standalone Headset with ThinkReality

Today, during the VR/AR Global Summit Online Conference, Lenovo announced the latest addition to its portfolio of commercial virtual reality (VR) solutions - the Lenovo Mirage VR S3 headset with ThinkReality. The new VR solution for enterprise was unveiled during the keynote speech by Nathan Pettyjohn, Commercial AR/VR Lead, Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo.

The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 is an all-in-one headset developed in conjunction with Pico Interactive, a global technology company that develops innovative VR and enterprise solutions. Specifically designed for enterprise, the Lenovo Mirage VR S3 features a 4K display for clearer visuals, hands-free control for utilization with or without the provided controller, and an easy to clean, hygienic face plate suitable for mass use. Built with integrated audio and up to three hours of battery life, the new VR headset is rugged, light weight and ready to scale within the enterprise.

HP Announces the Reverb G2 VR Headset Co-designed by Valve and Microsoft

Today, HP Inc. unveiled its latest virtual reality (VR) headset, the HP Reverb G2, in collaboration with industry leaders Valve and Microsoft. The HP Reverb G2 is the world's highest resolution VR headset among major vendorsi, delivering cutting-edge optics, inside-out tracking, spatial 3D audio, natural gestures, long-wearing comfort, and plug and play support for Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR.

"The power of collaboration is on full display with the HP Reverb G2, and alongside Valve and Microsoft, we engineered a no-compromises VR headset that's immersive, comfortable, and compatible across Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR," said Spike Huang, vice president and global lead of VR, HP Inc. "The time is now for VR and the HP Reverb G2 brings high-quality VR to the masses with more immersion for gamers, interactive experiences for creators, increased engagement for collaboration, and higher retention rates for education and training."

HP Announces Five New Gaming Orientated Headsets & Earphones

Ayute Co Ltd, is set to launch a series of five new HP gaming headsets and earphones this Friday May 29, 2020. The five new models include the H150, H320GS, H360GS, H500GS BLACK, and H500GS GOLD. The five new models feature prices between 20 - 60 USD and are set to be released in Japan. The H150 are budget earphones with an adjustable boom mic, the H320GS and H360GS are both entry-level gaming headsets with LED lighting while the H500GS BLACK and H500GS GOLD offer a more premium design and features.

SteelSeries Intros Arctis 1 Wireless Headset for Xbox

SteelSeries today introduced the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox gaming headset. The headset uses a USB type-C 2.4 GHz wireless dongle, and a lossless audio format between the dongle and the headset. A type-C to type-A cable is included, as is a 4-pole male-to-male 3.5 mm cable for analog mode. The headset supports Xbox One, Xbox One X, and PlayStation 4, and SteelSeries claims it should work with the upcoming Xbox Series X. The wireless setup has a range of 9 m, and the headset has a battery life of up to 20 hours of use on a full charge.

As for its key specs, the headphones portion uses 40 mm drivers, offers 98 dB (SPL) sensitivity, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and 32 Ω impedance, with under 3% THD. The microphone, which is suspended on a detachable stock, responds to 100 Hz to 6.5 kHz, and -38 dBV/Pa sensitivity, offering bi-directional noise-cancellation (for the microphone). Available now, the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox is priced at USD $119.99.
Steelseries Arctis 1 for Xbox

LucidSound Releases LS50X Hybrid Wireless Gaming Headset

LucidSound, announced today that the LS50X Wireless Hybrid Gaming Headset is now shipping and available on the lucidsound website, amazon and gamestop. The LS50X delivers the ultimate gaming audio experience in a design that rivals some of the best audiophile headphones on the market. The headset uses an advanced chipset that provides unparalleled wireless gaming performance and wireless mobile performance via Bluetooth. Notably, the chip allows the LS50X to deliver lag-free, uncompressed audio for gaming even in crowded WiFi areas. The LS50X is compatible with the full family of Xbox One devices, as well as the next generation of Xbox, Xbox Series X, launching Holiday 2020.

Built around the gamer's lifestyle, the LS50X can simultaneously connect to your phone or other Bluetooth device while playing on Xbox. Take a phone call while gaming or listen to your favorite tunes, all while hearing game audio and chatting with friends on Xbox Live. When you're ready to roll, the LS50X goes with you for wireless mobile gaming, music and calls. Unlike the stereotypical gaming headset designs that you would never wear outside your gaming setup, the LS50X won't kill your style.

Logitech Zone Wired Headset Now Available For Purchase

With the recent surge in remote work, more people than ever are building out their work from home setups in order to remain productive while sheltering in place. We're happy to be able to now bring you the newly available Zone Wired headset, a wired version of the existing Zone Wireless headset that is also certified for Google Meet and Google Voice, in addition to Microsoft Teams certification.

"Remote work can be challenging, especially right now since people are setting up makeshift offices in shared spaces with loved ones," says Martin Ruddle, Director of Personal Solutions, Logitech Video Collaboration division. "With the Zone Wired headset's noise-cancellation features and dual-mic technology, you'll be able to take calls comfortably, without distraction, no matter who else is in your office, kitchen or living room."

Mad Catz Release New F.R.E.Q. Gaming Headsets

The F.R.E.Q.2 and F.R.E.Q.4 are engineered to provide professional grade sound quality and unparalleled comfort, giving gamers an immersive audio experience like no other. The launch of the new headsets marks to the first step in a plan to integrate the signature Mad Catz design across a broad range of best-in-class gaming audio solutions, designed to support the continued growth of the gaming audio category.

Powered-up for a new generation of gaming, the F.R.E.Q.2 is designed for comfort and tuned for gaming. Whether a competitive gamer looking to break into the esports scene or an everyday player, the F.R.E.Q. 2 has been engineered with gamer in mind. Individually tuned 40 mm Neodymium Drivers unearth every audio detail providing a next-in-class soundstage, allowing you to pinpoint team-mates and enemy movements with ease. With a simple 3.5 mm connection, the F.R.E.Q.2 is compatible with a range of formats including PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One as well as mobile and smart devices.

Cougar Intros Immersa Pro Prix Gaming Headset

Cougar today rolled out the Immersa Pro Prix gaming headset. A variant of the Immersa Pro from 2017, the Pro Prix features an upgraded C-Media sourced CMI6533X1 USB DAC with Xear3D 7.1-channel virtual surround, an upgraded pair of 50 mm drivers with a wider 10 Hz to 20 kHz frequency-response range (vs. 20 Hz to 20 kHz on the original), an upgraded headband design with better cushioning, an improved microphone muffler, and a slightly longer 2.5 m cable (vs. 2 m on the original). The headset is still driven by Cougar's UIX software that provides audio- and RGB lighting control. The headset's dimensions are otherwise unchanged. The company didn't reveal pricing.
Cougar Immersa Pro Prix

HyperX Expands HyperX Stinger Headset Lineup with Two New Gaming Headsets

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the release of two new headsets in HyperX Cloud Stinger family, HyperX Cloud Stinger Core + 7.1 and HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless + 7.1 Gaming Headset. Both new Cloud Stinger Core headsets now feature 7.1 virtual surround sound1 via NGENUITY software.

"HyperX is excited to expand its Cloud Stinger gaming headset family with two new 7.1 surround sound headsets for gamers looking for an economic headset," said Nate Almond, audio business manager, HyperX. "With students, parents and gamers working and playing at home more than ever, HyperX has expanded the Stinger product line to offer more affordable headsets."
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