SteelSeries Launches New ‘Arctis’ Headset Line

Published On October 6, 2016 | By Anthony Barker | News

SteelSeries has unveiled a selection of three gaming headsets that promise to ‘shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like’. SteelSeries has reimagined the gaming headset with their Arctis lineup, completely overhauling traditional gaming designs and headset technologies.

SteelSeries promise gamers that the Arctis series of gaming headsets will always:

  • Deliver great audio quality for gaming, music, movies and more
  • Represent design-forward thinking and timeless style, instead of looking like a bulky toy
  • Include a microphone that delivers exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication
  • Deliver the best technology in every model of the line, regardless of price

“Arctis is not a gaming headset. It is a headset line for gamers”, said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “That is how we approached the new audio line-up – with a fresh perspective as to who our customers really are and what they want. Brands have been distracting gamers for far too long with meaningless specification races and options that encourage spending more in order to get gaming-level quality. Arctis changes that”

The Arctis line features powerful, low-distortion speakers combined with 7.1 surround sound to deliver total immersion while gaming. The improved retractable bi-directional microphone, knowing as ClearCast, is found in each Arctis headset, and is another leap forward in gaming technology;

“Even the most popular gaming headsets on the market featured gaming microphones that have been mediocre at best”, states Rabbani. “We truly believe that the industry has been approaching headset microphones completely wrong, so we questioned it. Why not look into a different type of microphone that would exceed gamers’ expectations?”

A new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions with exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric round off this headset’s luxurious feature set.

“We took inspiration from athletic brands and incorporated elements that performed exceptionally under stressful circumstances”, says, Ehtisham Rabbani, CEO of SteelSeries.  “Our exclusive AirWeave material combines the breathability and moisture-wicking ability of athletic fabrics with the sound isolating qualities of leather – it’s the best of both worlds”.

Every Arctis headset comes with the new ski goggle suspension design, featuring an adjustable and removable headband that comfortably stretches to fit heads of all shapes and sizes.  The patented headband design evenly distributes weight across the top of the head to prevent pressure points, even after prolonged use.

The Arctis line comes in three flavours: 3, 5 and 7. Each feature the same outstanding comfort and performance, allowing gamers to choose their model based on additional features.

First we have the Arctis 3 (RRP £89.99), which outperforms all other headsets in its class. The analog wired headset is equipped with 7.1 surround sound and is fully compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, VR and mobile devices.

The mid-range Arctis 5 (RRP £109.99) is an illuminated wired headset with customisable Prism RGB illumination and a USB connector cable with a ChatMix Control dial for quick access to in-game chat volume. Featuring DTS Headphone: X 7.1 digital surround, the Arctis 5 is also multiplatform allowing gamers to switch effortlessly from the USB connection on their PC to a 3.5mm connection for laptops, tablets, mobile gaming listening to music and more.

Finally, the lag-free wireless Arctis 7 (RRP £159.99) is also equipped with an on-ear ChatMix Dial, and showcases a full-wrap ski-goggle suspension design to further highlight the headband. Its steady, low-latency wireless connectivity is engineered for gaming, while a rechargeable 15-hour battery and a 40ft range elevate the headsets prime wireless features.

All three gaming headsets are now available exclusively at We’ve reached out to SteelSeries and hope to bring you our own headset review on the great sounding (and looking) Arctis headsets in the very near future.

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