Steelseries’ New Wireless Gaming Headphones Feature Swappable Batteries and a Retractable Microphone

Wireless headphones have had a slower adoption rate amongst gamers for a few reasons, including audio lag and battery life. SteelSeries’ new Arctis Nova Pro Wireless addresses some of those pain points, and adds a few other useful features too, including a boom mic that can be completely retracted into the headphones when not needed.

Bluetooth is a mostly passable solution for streaming wireless audio, with a minimal drain on battery life and some sacrifices to audio quality. But it can also introduce a slight lag between the audio source and the headphones, which isn’t a problem when you’re just listening to tunes streamed from a smartphone in your pocket, but can be problematic when gaming. Not hearing what’s on screen until a second after it happens can be deadly in-game.

SteelSeries’ solution is to use both a 2.4GHz wireless signal to an included base station that physically connects to a console or gaming PC, which offers minimal lag, as well as Bluetooth for using the headphones with other devices like smartphones (when lag isn’t a critical issue). The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless also includes a feature called “Quantum 2.0 Wireless,” which allows both a 2.4GHz and Bluetooth audio stream to be heard at the same time, mixed through the base station, so that gamers can hear what they’re playing while still talking on the phone, or listening to a podcast like Gadgettes.

SteelSeries’ solution is to use both a 2.4GHz wireless signal to an included base station that physically connects to a console or gaming PC, which offers minimal lag, as well as Bluetooth for using the headphones with other devices like smartphones (when lag isn’t a critical issue). The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless also includes a feature called “Quantum 2.0 Wireless,” which allows both a 2.4GHz and Bluetooth audio stream to be heard at the same time, mixed through the base station, so that gamers can hear what they’re playing while still talking on the phone, or listening to a podcast like Gadgettes.

Choosing the right pair of SteelSeries’ new Arctis Nova Pro cans could get a bit confusing, as both wired and wireless versions are available, and each of those are available in two additional versions compatible with either the Xbox or the PlayStation + PCs. But they’re all available now, with the wired version priced at $250, and the wireless model costing $100 more at $350. The wired version still comes with a base station, which has a DAC for greater audio quality and control.

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