CES 2011: Turtle Beach showcases New PC Gaming Headsets
By John Gaudiosi
LAS VEGAS – When it comes to pro gamers, many of the top PC gamers sport Turtle Beach headsets at tournaments. Turtle Beach had its latest PC gaming gear on display at its booth at CES 11, including the Ear Force P11 for PC.
The Ear Force P11 integrates premium stereo game sound with crystal-clear communication on the PC to create an immersive audio environment while playing popular game titles. The P11 is actually two headsets in one—an amplified stereo headset for game sound and a stereo USB headset for chat sounds, with independent in-line controls for each, whether playing PC or PlayStation 3 games (the headset is cross-compatible). Serious gamers will enjoy significant advantages with P11 by hearing sounds that are often missed with external speakers, such as the footsteps of an enemy sneaking up on you or the clicks of a loading weapon in the distance. Gamers can react faster and gain a competitive edge that can mean the difference between winning and losing. The Turtle Beach Ear Force P11’s lightweight design, adjustable headband, comfortable oversized fabric mesh ear cushions and rugged construction make it perfect for extended gaming sessions.
In addition to its immersive game sound, P11’s high sensitivity flexible boom microphone transmits crystal-clear chat signals to friends or teammates, while the Microphone Monitoring system puts your voice back into the headset so you can hear yourself speaking. Powered directly from USB, you will never need batteries. The Ear Force P11 will retail for $60 when it ships this spring.
The company also had the new Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Surround Sound Headset at its booth, which is compatible with PS3, Xbox 360 and PC games. The PX5 incorporates 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. The headset will retail for $250 when it ships this spring.
Turtle Beach designs and markets premium audio peripherals for personal computer and video game platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for XBOX 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X41 wireless headset is Official XBOX Magazine’s "2009 Peripheral of the Year.” Turtle Beach, headquartered in Elmsford, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.