CES just wouldn't be CES
without a couple of new gaming accessories.
Turtle Beach is here at the show to demonstrate their latest line of
gaming headsets for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC with the flagship Force PX5
Programmable Wireless Surround Sound Headset taking the lead. There's
also an Ear Force P11 Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset for PS3, and the
XC1 XBOX LIVE Communicator Headset, but we'll focus on the first
The PX5 looks like just about every other gaming headset with a
microphone at first, but it has a DSP inside of it and is capable of
saving settings on itself. It's designed mostly for use with the PS3 and
Xbox 360, with the programmable digital signal processor allowing
independent customization of the chat, game, and microphone signals. Those
custom settings are stored inside of it, and can be chosen during
various parts of the game to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads
that might otherwise be
difficult to hear. It can even be programmed to disguise a gamer’s voice
or to enhance the voices of online players to be heard when the game
gets louder. We suspect the kids will really love that voice changing
These personalized presets will be possible with software available from
the Turtle Beach web site that allows the user to adjust the settings
on a PC and transfer them via a USB connection to the headset. Going on
with its list of amenities, the PX5 also has dual radios: one for Dolby
Digital surround sound and a second for chatting. The headset will go on
sale this Spring for $249.95.
There's also the Ear Force P11, going for $59.95 this Spring, and the
Ear Force XC1 will cater to bargain buyers when it ships in the Spring
for $24.95. More details are below.
Turtle Beach® Unveils Latest Lineup of Gaming Headsets for PlayStation® 3, XBOX 360® and PC at CES 2011
Ground-breaking Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Dolby® Surround Sound Headset, Ear Force P11 and Ear Force XC1 Make Their Debut
Elmsford, N.Y., January 4, 2011 – Turtle Beach, a leader in premium gaming headsets and audio entertainment accessories, announced today the latest innovations for 2011. The Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Surround Sound Headset - the most technologically-advanced headset ever designed for PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 gaming, the Ear Force P11 Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset for PS3, and the XC1 XBOX LIVE Communicator Headset, will all debut during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2011 at the Turtle Beach booth, South Hall 1 # 20428.
Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Surround Sound Headset
The PX5 is the most technologically-advanced headset ever designed for PS3 and XBOX 360 gaming, incorporating a programmable digital signal processor to allow independent customization of the chat, game and microphone signals. Custom settings stored in the headset as presets can be selected during specific parts of the game to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads that might otherwise be difficult to hear. It can even be programmed to disguise a gamer’s voice or to enhance the voices of online players to be heard when the game gets louder. These personalized presets will be possible with software available from the Turtle Beach web site that allows the user to adjust the settings on a PC and transfer them via a USB connection to the headset.
The PX5 is also the first headset to incorporate dual radios—one for immersive, Dolby Digital surround sound game audio and a second for chat on the PlayStation Network via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature also supports stereo audio streaming for listening to music while playing a game and can accept a phone call while wearing the headset.
“Turtle Beach has always been recognized for technological innovation. We pioneered the console gaming headset industry by launching the first stereo XBOX headset, were the first with wireless gaming headsets and the first with innovative features to enhance the gaming experience, like Chat Boost™. With the introduction of the programmable PX5, we’re poised to again revolutionize the gaming headset market.” says Carmine Bonanno, President and CEO. “By allowing gamers to customize their audio environment, the PX5 gives them an opportunity to take charge of their console gaming experience in ways that have never before been available.”
Availability: Spring 2011
Additional Press Information: http://www.turtlebeach.com/company/press-releases/ctl/readvtb_black/mid/850/articleid/55.aspx
Turtle Beach Ear Force P11 Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset
The Turtle Beach Ear Force P11 Gaming Headset, designed for the PlayStation 3 and also compatible with PC/Mac, raises the bar for affordable gaming headsets. Powered directly through USB with its 50mm high fidelity speakers and amplified stereo sound, the P11 headset gives the player an immersive audio experience. With independent volume controls for chat and game audio, you can ensure that you won’t miss out on a single footstep or a warning from a teammate. The P11 delivers crisp audio while providing hours of comfort with its oversized fabric mesh ear cushions and adjustable headband, ensuring your competitive edge during those long gaming sessions.
Availability: Spring 2011
Additional Press Information: http://www.turtlebeach.com/company/press-releases/ctl/readvtb_black/mid/850/articleid/54.aspx
Turtle Beach Ear Force XC1:
Designed specifically for the XBOX 360, the Turtle Beach Ear Force XC1 XBOX LIVE Communicator combines audio performance and a streamlined design to create a headset far above the standard communicator headsets. With a unique slotted ear cup design, the XC1 allows you to hear external game sound and internal chat at the same time, so you will never miss out on any of the action. The fully adjustable, single ear lightweight design fits comfortably on either ear and is perfect for long gaming sessions.
Availability: Spring 2011
Additional Press Information: http://www.turtlebeach.com/company/press-releases/ctl/readvtb_black/mid/850/articleid/53.aspx