Steel Series has announced the release of a new version of the Arctis 9 series wireless headphones. Much like the Arctis 9x for Xbox One, the new 9 series boasts compatibility with PC, PlayStation 4 and the upcoming Playstation 5.
It boasts a 20-hour battery life as well as dual connection to separate devices at the same time. This, in theory, would allow you to connect to your PC or PlayStation 4 via a provided receiver dongle while simultaneously connecting to your phone via Bluetooth to receive calls. The option to control calls and music on your phone while gaming on PC or PS4 seems like a pretty nice feature to include.
The Arctis 9 also sports a retractable microphone, audio mix controls via a dial on the left earpiece as well a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired listening. The right earpiece contains the rest of the headphone controls from master volume to a mic mute functionality.
If you’re using the Arctis 9 on PC you’ll have the support of Steel Series Engine software allowing you to customize a series of eq presets, additional volume controls and self-monitoring settings. Additionally, power settings, sleep mode and Bluetooth connections options can be accessed via the software.
Unfortunately if using the headphones on your PlayStation 4 most of the additional features will not be available due to the PlayStations approach to handling audio passthrough. According to the spec sheet though, connecting to the PlayStation 4 is an easy plug and play experience.
The headphones also boast improved noise-cancelling as well as support for Windows Spatial Audio and DTS Headphone: X v2.0. Both Spatial audio and DTS work to create a more immersive 3D audio experience albeit using slightly different approaches. In this context, it will allow you to experience the 3D audio experience regardless of which system you choose to game on.
The Arctis 9 from Steel Series is now available and priced at $199.99 USD as of the time of writing. You can check out the full spec sheet over on the Steel Series site.