SteelSeries has unveiled a brand new line of audio headsets for games, ambitiously aiming to completely re-imagine what we expect a gaming headset should be.
The new Arctis series wants to ‘shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like’, by going back to the drawing board.
Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO said in a press release:
Arctis is not a gaming headset. It is a headset line for gamers. That is how we approached the new audio line-up – with a fresh perspective as to who our customers really are and what they want. Brands have been distracting gamers for far too long with meaningless specification races and options that encourage spending more in order to get gaming-level quality. Arctis changes that.
So what shiny new features does Arctis offer the modern gamer? According to the press release, we can expect ‘powerful low-distortion speakers combined with 7.1 surround sound’.
In addition, look forward to the noise cancelling ClearCast microphone, which should allow us to hurl abuse at friends online like never before.
It would also appear that SteelSeries are taking comfort into consideration for the new headsets – especially for those late night gaming marathon sessions.
Rabbani explained the the new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions:
We took inspiration from athletic brands and incorporated elements that performed exceptionally under stressful circumstances. Our exclusive AirWeave material combines the breathability and moisture-wicking ability of athletic fabrics with the sound isolating qualities of leather – it’s the best of both worlds.
All in all, Arctis seems to want to really celebrate the uniqueness of gamers with a range of high quality headsets – sounds good to me.
There are three separate models, each with their own cool features – you can find out more about the Arctis 3, 5, and 7 here, with prices starting at €99.99 (roughly £80).
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.