Rubberized grips and metallic finishes are returning to Xbox Design Lab along with new color customization options, giving you even more combinations to choose from.
In addition to all the original customization options available in Xbox Design Lab, they've added:
Black rubberized grips available on both the back case and side grips for added comfort and control
19 new metallic finish colors for D-Pads and Triggers including: Sterling Silver, Pewter Silver, Gunmetal Silver, Abyss Black, Retro Pink, Deep Pink, Oxide Red, Zest Orange, Gold, Electric Volt, Velocity Green, Glacier Blue, Dragonfly Blue, Mineral Blue, Photon Blue, Midnight Blue, Regal Purple, Nocturnal Green, and Warm Gold
3 new color options for controller parts
Introducing Dragonfly Blue
Military Green has been updated to Nocturnal Green providing a richer earth color
Electric Green has been updated to Velocity Green bringing this in line with the iconic Xbox color
New “Inspired by” controller designs from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, and Riders Republic to get your customization journey started
Controllers start at $69.99 USD, and pricing may vary for additional options. Check out the full Xbox Design Lab experience on xboxdesignlab.com.
Each controller is made to order and will be delivered within 3 to 4 weeks of placing your order. In addition to the new features detailed above, you can customize the controller body, back case, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons, and View Menu Share buttons. You can also add laser engraving with a custom 16-character message.
Turtle Beach today announced that gamers on Xbox can now get their hands on the award-winning Recon Controller at participating retailers worldwide.
Turtle Beach’s all-new Designed for Xbox Recon Controller was proudly designated with “Best of E3” awards from CNN Underscored and Android Authority because it is the first controller to blend responsive and precise controls with Turtle Beach’s signature audio technologies, including Superhuman Hearing, Mic Monitoring, Signature Audio Presets, and more. This combination of powerful, innovative controls and integrated audio heightens gamers’ senses and elevates gameplay experiences when playing on Xbox and compatible Windows 10 PCs. Turtle Beach’s Recon Controller for Xbox comes in black or white for a MSRP of $59.95, and is available for purchase today at participating retailers worldwide and from www.turtlebeach.com.
“With millions of headsets being worn by gamers on Xbox, the Recon Controller is the best complementary accessory because it provides access to Turtle Beach’s exclusive audio technologies to any wired headset,” said Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The Recon Controller was designed with the same industry expertise that has made Turtle Beach the best-selling gaming headset maker for over a decade, and its unparalleled features and design will help it make a striking entrance into the console controller market. I’m proud of how the Turtle Beach team has once again delivered an amazing product, and I’m excited to have Xbox gamers get the Recon Controller in their hands.”
Designed for Xbox, the all-new Recon Controller is the first controller to pair Turtle Beach’s signature audio innovations with game-winning controls. Gamers on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and compatible Windows 10 PCs will be able to plug in any wired headset with a standard 3.5mm audio interface and take advantage of proven Turtle Beach features, including Superhuman Hearing, Mic Monitoring, Signature Audio Presets, and more. Additionally, Pro-Aim™Focus Mode lets gamers tune the thumbstick sensitivity for enhanced long-range accuracy, while up to four profiles can be saved on each of the mappable rear quick-action buttons. Feel the recoil of gunshots and the purr of vehicle engines through next-gen vibration feedback from dual-rumble motors in the handles and triggers. The Recon Controller lets gamers play longer and stay cooler thanks to its ergonomic shape and cooling rubber grips. The Recon Controller is the perfect companion for any wired gaming headset, like Turtle Beach’s all-new Recon 70 series headsets.
Turtle Beach has announced that it will be introducing a new range of gaming peripherals and accessories for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.
Introducing the VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. The VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System delivers the most comprehensive, flight control solution to setup your own cockpit at home. Whether you’re an experienced PC player or among the first to play Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S, VelocityOne Flight equips you with all the controls needed to navigate the skies.
VelocityOne Flight includes everything you need to get off the ground. The included throttle quadrant with dedicated trim wheel and a realistic yoke with integrated rudder controls equips every home-pilot with a full suite of controls right out of the box. Plus, experience immersive audio and coordinate your flight through the integrated headset audio jack.
Developed with world-class aeronautical engineers & Pilots, Turtle Beach's VelocityOne Flight Control System is the only 'Flight Simulator' Controller you'll ever need for Microsoft Flight Simulator!
Let's take a look at the official trailer:
Turtle Beach's VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System will sell for $349.95 / £329.99 / $449.95AUD and is expected to release soon! You can SIGN UP FOR PRE-ORDER NOTIFICATION over on the official site.
If you'd love to pick up one of the new VelocityOne Control Systems, you might also like our review for Next Level Racing's GTTRACK: The Best Racing and Flight Simulator Cockpit for XBOX, PLAYSTATION, PC and VR. We've reached out to Turtle Beach and are waiting to hear back so we can include the new VelocityOne Flight Controller in our upcoming Motion Cockpit review. Stay tuned!
Launching today, the Xbox Wireless Headset offers best-in-class audio and chat performance, a comfortable and intuitive design, and unique experiences customizable to each gamer. With all these benefits, we are raising the bar for mid-tier wireless headsets.
Best-in-Class Audio and Chat Performance
Low latency, lossless audio with Xbox Wireless radio for fewer pops, clicks, and disconnects.
Support for spatial sound technologies, including Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone:X, for realism and audio precision.
Crystal clear chat with intelligent mic features that focus on speech audio vs. surrounding sound:
Voice isolation tuning helps the mic pick up your voice, not background ambient noise.
Auto-mute automatically mutes your microphone when you aren’t speaking, so you keep comms channels clear. You can customize auto-mute sensitivity or turn it off altogether. The on-ear manual mute button gives you privacy when you need it.
An indicator light on the mic boom turns on when your mic is active, so you always know when your voice is being picked up.
The Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows 10 devices lets you fine-tune the audio controls for a customized audio experience, including equalizer settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and brightness of mic’s LED light.
Comfortable & Intuitive Design
Outstanding design with high-quality materials and finishes, featuring a durable frame with inner metal headband, rubberized dial rings for grip, and a fully adjustable mic you can tuck up and out of the way.
Lightweight and comfortable at just 11 ounces (312g), with large earcups and a thick headband cushion made of ultra-soft polyurethane leather designed to fit a wide range ear and head sizes.
Ease of use and intuitive design with earcup dials for volume and game/chat balance, and on-ear controls for power, mute, and pairing.
Up to 15 hours of battery life with the internal, lithium-ion battery. Fully charges in 3 hours but even 30 minutes of charging will get you back into the game in a flash with up to 4 hours of battery life. *
Compatibility & Connectivity
Pairs with multiple devices. Play wirelessly across multiple devices including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs and connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth for on-the-go music or chat. You can even pair to your phone and Xbox simultaneously to chat with a friend on your phone while playing on your console.
Fine-tune audio and chat settings with the Xbox Accessories app, including equalizer settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and brightness of the mic indicator light.
Wireless updates on your console will deliver the latest features for a premium audio experience that continues to evolve.
Special Dolby Atmos for Headphones Offer
Microsoft has partnered with Dolby to offer a limited activation of Dolby Atmos for Headphones on all Xbox Wireless Headsets until September 30, 2021. Immerse yourself in a more intense gaming experience with pinpoint audio precision and crystal clarity to catch even the subtlest, yet game-changing sounds. †
Dolby Atmos for Headphones activation requires just two simple steps:
Connect the Xbox Wireless Headset to your console or Windows 10 PC
Download and open the Dolby Access app
On the app loading page, you’ll receive a notification at the bottom of the screen confirming activation – “Dolby Atmos for Headphones is ready for use” – which can be verified by the Xbox Wireless Headset trial countdown in the upper right corner of the app Home screen.
The new Xbox Wireless Headset is available in most worldwide Xbox markets at select retailers, including Microsoft Store.
* Battery life varies significantly with distance from console, additional accessories, usage and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using pre-production units.
† Dolby Atmos for Headphones is available on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs. Dolby Atmos for Headphones activation lasts until 11:59 UTC-12 on September 30, 2021. After trial, you may purchase the app from Dolby directly. For help, contact Dolby Access Support
Microsoft has just revealed the latest accessory to join the Xbox family: the new Xbox Wireless Headset. Learn more about the new Xbox Wireless Headset features and pre-order today! The new Xbox Wireless Headset will be available for $99 USD beginning March 16 in most worldwide Xbox markets and can be pre-ordered at select retailers, including Microsoft Store, starting on February 16 at 7 a.m. PST.
Best-in-Class Audio and Chat Performance
With the Xbox Wireless Headset, you can play loud and clear through low latency, lossless audio for exceptional sound quality. The headset supports industry-leading spatial sound technologies including Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X for realism and audio precision that fully surrounds you. You’ll have the advantage by being able to hear all the subtle, yet critical sounds (like enemy footsteps sneaking up on you) that elevate great gamers above the rest.
“We spent a lot of time in the audio testing chambers trying to characterize and understand how the headset reproduces audio in different room environments. It goes in your living room, game room, and dorm room and we want it to sound the best for all types of audio.” said Erik Garcia, Project Architect and Lead. “In the same way, the team studied gameplay to ensure great sounding chat with a sensitive mic to prevent background noise.”
In addition to best-in-class audio performance, the new Wireless Headset provides clear and intelligent chat audio quality. The new headset has dual beamforming microphone elements that focus on speech audio vs. surrounding sound. Additionally, voice isolation tuning helps the mic pick up your voice rather than background ambient noise.
When you aren’t talking, the auto-mute feature automatically mutes your microphone (this can be toggled on or off), so you keep comms channels clear, while the manual mute button gives you privacy when you need it. There’s a lot of attention to detail to be found on the new headset, and the mic is no exception. The team added a light indicator that turns on when the mic is active, so that you always know when your voice is being picked up.
Outstanding Design and Comfort
The Xbox Wireless Headset is engineered for maximum comfort during extended gaming sessions with a lightweight design, ultra-soft large earcups made of polyurethane leather that distribute pressure evenly over the ears. It also features an adjustable headband with a thick cushion that easily fits wide-ranging head sizes and spreads pressure more evenly around the top of the head.
The design is intentionally understated and shares the same shapes and colors found on our new consoles. The controls and indicators mirror the circular geometry that informed the design of Xbox Series X and Series S. And much like our new Xbox consoles, the Xbox Wireless Headset is designed to blend into your living room without feeling out of place or obtrusive.
“We’ve learned that gaming is a deeply social activity. Especially nowadays, given the state of the world, gaming and communicating with others is a critical need. The team took a human-centered approach to design a headset that removes the unnecessary distractions so that players can focus on the game and their friends,” said Scott Wang, the Senior Design Researcher working on the new Xbox Wireless Headset.
Combining a sleek and modern design with high-quality materials and finishes the Xbox Wireless Headset has a durable frame with inner metal headband, rubberized dial rings for grip, and a fully adjustable mic that tucks up and out of the way when not in use. The rotating earcup dials of the new Xbox Wireless Headset provide an intuitive way to adjust the volume and game/chat audio balance with just a simple turn without interrupting how it rests on the player’s head. As Elie Ahovi, Senior Designer, puts it “we were driven by wanting every interaction with the headset to be delightful.”
Unique Experiences, Tailored to You
With the Xbox Wireless Headset, you can play wirelessly across multiple devices including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs. The headset also connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth for on-the-go music or chat and to your console via Xbox Wireless technology just like an Xbox Wireless Controller, meaning there are no cables or dongles required. You can also simultaneously pair the headset to your phone and Xbox. That means, for example, that you can chat with a friend or – as the engineering team recalls doing – dial in to a conference call on your phone and play on your console at the same time.
The Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows 10 devices lets you fine-tune the audio controls for a customized audio experience, including equalizer settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and brightness of mic’s mute light. Best of all, the headset can stay updated with the latest features via wireless updates from your console, ensuring you’ll have a premium audio experience that continues to evolve. Make sure you install all the latest Windows updates to enjoy audio customization features on the Xbox Wireless Headset when using the Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10 devices.
Finally, charging gets you back into the action in a flash: 30 minutes of charging provides about 4 hours of battery life, with only 3 hours of charging to reach up to 15 hours of battery life when the headset is not in use.*
Immerse Yourself in the Future of Gaming
The Xbox Wireless Headset delivers expansive sound, ease of use across devices, long lasting comfort, and customizable sound through the Xbox Accessories app. “We want it to be satisfying when you use it and want you to feel all the pleasure and joy you can get when playing the game,” said Elie. We are also excited to be adding many unique features not found in wireless headsets today, with an eye toward evolving the product over time with updates.
The new Xbox Wireless Headset will be available for $99 USD beginning March 16 in most worldwide Xbox markets and can be pre-ordered at select retailers, including Microsoft Store, starting on February 16 at 7 a.m. PST. Check your local retailer for product availability and specific pre-order timing in your region. For more product and pre-order details on the new Xbox Wireless Headset, visit Xbox.com.
*Battery life varies significantly with distance from console, additional accessories, usage and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using pre-production units.
Do Not Feed The Monkeys, a digital voyeur simulator where you watch strangers through surveillance cameras, is now available to pre-order digitally on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for $12.49, €12.49, £10.49, AU$18.95.
You are invited to join “The Primate Observation Club”, where you will observe the lives of caged monkeys and carefully analyze the information obtained. Oddly enough, club members keep feeding the monkeys as though they just can’t abide by this very simple rule! How about you? Will you help those you’re spying on, extort them, expose them and sabotage their dreams, or will you follow your instructions and sit twiddling your thumbs while the world burns? Invade their privacy and witness their most intimate moments, but don’t interact with the subjects – anything could happen if you dare feed the monkeys!
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
THE PRIMATE OBSERVATION CLUB: a shadowy group that observes other people through surveillance cameras and compromised webcams.
YOU: the newest member of the CLUB, tired of your run-down apartment, dull existence and boring job.
MONKEYS: dozens of strangers who have fallen prey to your voyeurism.
VOYEURISM: Exactly what you think it is (and also the reason why we’re rated “MATURE”).
PRIVACY: Something that the monkeys think they have.
PC (PERSONAL COMPUTER): Yep, we put a PC in your game that’s on your PC so that you can work on a PC while you’re playing the game that’s on your PC!
FEEDING THE MONKEYS: Interacting or interfering with the subjects in any way. Feeding the monkeys is strictly prohibited.
SHIT HITTING THE FAN: What may (or may not) happen if you feed the monkeys.
Do Not Feed The Monkeys is available for digital pre-order and pre-download from the Microsoft Store for Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S today and will be launching on December 9th. Pre-order and get 10% off for a limited time!