SteelSeries Refreshes Arctis Headsets And Introduces Standalone GameDAC
At the IFA conference in Berlin, manufacturers are announcing and showing off their upcoming products, including SteelSeries. The gaming peripheral brand has presented a small refresh of the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 series headsets, and will also release a standalone GameDAC aimed towards PC and PS4 gamers.
One of the main changes of the Arctis headsets is the exterior, as all three models have been equipped with additional memory foam. The extra memory foam should result in better comfort, especially during longer gaming sessions. The more expensive Arctis 7 has received another exterior update as the headband now resembles the one found in the flagship Arctis Pro headsets.
The Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will also receive a number of performance improvements. SteelSeries says that the bass of both headsets has been improved significantly, and both products now offer full support for DTS Headphone X 2.0, which surrounds the player with accurate positional audio. The Arctis 3 won’t be receiving any performance upgrades in this refresh and only has a new exterior. However, SteelSeries has good news for current owners of the Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 as some of the new performance upgrades will be making their way to these previous-generation headsets as well. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely clear what those performance updates will bring, but it’s likely that DTS Headphone X 2.0 support is being added. The firmware update for the older headsets should release soon.
The new Arctis 3, 5 and 7 are available right now and carry recommended prices of $99.99, $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.
The other announcement that SteelSeries has made during IFA is the standalone availability of the GameDAC. The digital-to-audio converter used to be only available in a package with the Arctis Pro headset, but now be available to buy separately as well. The GameDAC should drastically improve audio with high-end gaming headsets, noting support for sharper tones and better positional audio with a DTS Headphone X 2.0 supported device. There’s support for 24-bit/96 kHz audio and you adjust a couple of the most important settings on the fly thanks to physical controls on the device itself. There’s also a small OLED panel built-in and more settings can be controlled via the SteelSeries Engine software.
Just like the new Arctis headsets, the GameDAC is available right now. It changes hands for $149.99.