Last month, SteelSeries announced three new colors for the SteelSeries Arctis 3 wired headset: solar red, boreal blue and slate grey. While keeping the same design aspect, SteelSeries went a little further for the Arctis 3 and added the ability to listen to gaming audio through a wired 3.5mm connection and speak to your friends on Discord or other mobile applications via Bluetooth. SteelSeries is also saying that this is the first headset with this ability to work with the Nintendo Switch, so those who have the Switch and use the Nintendo Switch Online Chat app are in luck.
You’re still getting SteelSeries’ ClearCast mic for clear voice communication via the bi-directional system to cut out any background noise that may be going on around you. That’s not all, the Airweave ear cushions will provide you with long-lasting comfort for your head and ears while you mow down some enemies either through campaign or online. The SteelSeries Engine software will let you change the audio settings to whatever you prefer and detachable/interchange cable system with a built-in share jack for multiplayer listening.
“This is the first time that you can simultaneously have wired gaming audio and wireless Bluetooth,” said SteelSeries Audio Category Manager, Brian Fallon. “Bluetooth is incredibly useful for connecting wirelessly to mobile devices for chat and music, but as most gamers know, Bluetooth has too much latency for gaming. That is why this is a wired headset for gaming and Bluetooth for everything else.”
It’s pretty impressive to see SteelSeries come up with a headset that has the ability to play gaming audio through wired capabilities while also being able to use Bluetooth at the same time allowing you to chat with friends or teammates during your game session. Even the price of $129.99USD is hard to pass up for what you’re getting with this headset. If you’re interested in a pair, they are available starting November 7th.