Turtle Beach offers more than 40 headsets on its website, and last year it signed a partnership with Major League Gaming, an electronic sports organisation that holds tournaments around the United States. Turtle Beach has designed a lineup of licensed gear in time for its next tournament, the MLG Winter Championship this weekend in Dallas.
The new line includes the Ear Force XP Seven, which features Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and a programmable processor with eight preset buttons that allow users to personalize the audio, like adding more bass or treble. It's compatible with the Xbox and PS3, as well as PCs. And it can be connected to a mobile device, which allows you to take a phone call without pausing your game.
Gear like the XP Seven is crucial to professional gamers. And an amateur can understand why. The sound is astounding, and the audio customisation takes just a few touches. With a game like "Batman: Arkham Asylum," you can pinpoint sounds like dripping water and relish the crunch when you snap the bones of a Joker thug. But all those features don't come cheaply; the unit costs $280. The headset adds clutter, too; eight cables in all.