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Need an audio upgrade? These Cyber Monday deals on gaming headsets sound pretty good.
With Black Friday sales winding down and Cyber Monday kicking off, we’ve rounded up the best gaming headset deals for PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC. An essential part of any gaming setup, headsets are perfect for creating a deeper sense of immersion, communicating with friends online, and giving some measure of peace to a household that doesn’t want to hear a Locust trooper being ripped in half during a round of Gears 5 multiplayer.
Dedicated console headsets bring their own unique charm to the gaming table–Sony and Microsoft have their own distinct audio hardware–while a number of third-party devices offer superlative sound, microphones that are great for in-game chatter, and even multi-platform flexibility.
All the heavyweights of high-quality audio have something to offer, from Razer through to Logitech. Wired and wireless options aren’t in short supply, and if you’re looking for a few ideas on which one to buy then check out our guide to the best PC headsets of 2021, best PS5 headsets, best Xbox headsets, and best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth headphones.
Our pick for the best gaming headset regardless of which platform you’re gaming on, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is on sale for $50 off at Amazon. This wireless headset supports THX 7.1 spatial surround sound and features impactful 50mmdrivers as well as Razer’s HyperClear Supercardioid mic. It’s capable of connecting wirelessly or wired with the included 3.5mm cord.
For anyone with anger management issues, Astro’s A10 is a durable headset that can soak up abuse and still feel like a premium device thanks to its solid construction. Besides being tough as nails, the hardware inside of it is specifically tuned for gaming to deliver dialogue, music, and in-game sounds as developers intended, it can easily fit around multiple makes of VR headsets, and the uni-directional microphone provides crystal-clear communication.
A headset with first-class aesthetics, the Corsair Virtuoso is a collection of machined aluminum, quality memory foam earpads, and a lightweight headband. It also offers a delightful output of audio with precisely tuned 50mm high-density neodymium speaker drivers, which provide 7.1 surround sound with a frequency range of 20hz-40,000hz. A number that should put a smile on any audiophile gamer’s face.
For a more contemporary Corsair device, look no further than its Void headset. The angular design houses custom-tuned 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers with an expanded frequency range of 20Hz-30,000Hz and can connect wirelessly to your PC or PS4/PS5 using low-latency 2.4GHz wireless with the included USB adapter. An omnidirectional microphone comes with a flip-up mute function and a built-in LED mute indicator, while the aluminum construction should ensure years of use.
For those of you who are on a budget, the HyperX Cloud offers plenty of bang for your buck. A solid sound output can be expected, but the big draw here is an emphasis on comfort with this headset’s memory foam ear cushions and an adjustable headband that provides stability.
For an even bigger saving on a headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is an acceptable device with a more limited range of functionality. Decent audio is enhanced by above-average comfort, and if you’ve been looking for a budget headset on either Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, this particular model is compatible with both consoles.
A regal crown of plush materials and lightweight construction, the Logitech G Pro X offers a beastly selection of 7.1 and object-based surround sound for greater in-game positional, distance, and object awareness during gameplay. It’s also a device that is being continually updated through Logitech’s software hub, and if you prefer to have multiple profiles for various games, the onboard software allows for several setups to be saved and selected at any given time.
Razer established its brand with affordable headsets that offered premium-quality sound, and the wired Kraken is no exception to this tradition. Custom-tuned 50 mm drivers provide 7.1 surround sound for positional audio, gel-infused cushions prevent overheating, and a built-in analog volume control wheel and mic mute switch makes fine-tuning your experience easier than ever.
One of the most popular headsets on the market, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 earned a positive reputation amongst gamers for its incredible audio quality, absurd battery life, and a comfortable construction that makes all-day gaming a breeze. One other feature that made it so popular is its Discord-certified clear-cast microphone that delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
A Jack of all trades approach to sound is the name of the game with this SteelSeries headset, which aims to have quality sound, comfort, and style on all gaming platforms. Like the Arctis 7, it also has a terrific microphone to make your in-game communication sound crystal-clear, while the luxurious construction makes it easy to wear all day.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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