Turtle Beach unveils new headphones, ventures over to the Mac

Turtle Beach i60

Noted gaming headphones manufacturer, Turtle Beach, has been active at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, announcing a slew of new models and venturing into somewhat new territory to boot.

The iSeries i60 for Mac lovers

Check out our reviews of the Turtle Beach Ear Force i60 and Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 headphones.

This one probably came as a surprise to a lot of people, not just gamers, because the Mac and gaming haven’t always been a match made in… well, anywhere. It’s Turtle Beach’s first-ever gaming headset exclusive to the Mac.

They have noise-isolation, 50mm speakers with 7.1 surround sound and voice morphing for anonymity online. They connect to the Mac using Wi-Fi and can also simultaneously pair with an iOS device via Bluetooth to stream music or take phone calls to talk using the hidden microphone. The i60’s battery is said to last for up to 15 hours on one charge and can be charged back up through USB.

There are also two other mac-centric models in the i30 and i10, both of which share the same design, but not all the tech frills of the flagship i60. Pricing and availability are still unrevealed.

 Turtle Beach Xbox One

Green with envy for Xbox One early adopters
Turtle Beach did also announce a partnership with Microsoft that will culminate with the Ear Force XO Seven and XO Four headphones made for the next-gen Xbox One console. Both are wired headphones using a standard 3.5mm jack, which means they can be used with any mobile device. They will also have the option to adjust volume for gaming and chatting from a single device.

There are differences in design and construction, which mainly amount to the XO Seven’s using memory foam ear cushions and interchangeable faceplates compared to the mesh and set design of the XO Four. Otherwise, the two have the same features. The XO Seven’s will go for $150 and the XO Four’s will be $100 with availability tied to the launch of the Xbox One.

Turtle Beach Ghosts

Limited edition Ghosts
A two-year exclusive agreement with Activision leads to a new line of limited edition headsets made for Call of Duty: Ghosts. This one will be optimized for Ghosts with branding, premium finishes and bonus content in the form of exclusive audio prompts and presets. No pricing on those just yet.

Turtle Beach Marvel

Marvelites rejoice
The Marvel Seven premium headset will be officially licensed, featuring interchangeable speaker plates and compatibility with game consoles, PCs, Macs and mobile devices. Though positioned largely as gaming headphones, Turtle Beach says they will work just as well for watching movies (no word on whether Marvel superhero movies will sound better), listening to music or for just Skyping. Again, no pricing and availability has been confirmed yet.

What about PCs?
Not to leave them out, but PC gamers will also get a refresh with a trio of new headsets. The Ear Force Z Seven, Ear Force Z22 and Ear Force Z300 have all been unveiled at the show. The Z Seven promises uncompressed surround sound on both PC and Mac via USB, and is proclaimed as the first and only PC headset with an Audio Control Unit (ACU) with single-touch controls and audio preset switch.

The Z22 is a wired USB headset, with the distinction as the only wired set in the lineup to offer Chat Boost, plus the Variable Mic Monitor and the ability to answer voice calls while gaming. The Z300 is a wireless headset that features dual-band Wi-Fi (free of interference, they say) and dual pairing Bluetooth.

The Z Seven’s release date hasn’t been revealed, but the Z22 and Z300 have been confirmed for August and October, respectively. Pricing for all three will be revealed at a later time.

We’ll be sure to update you on more details for these headsets, as Turtle Beach starts straddling the line between console and PC gaming and mobile devices. E3 is still ongoing and we’ll know more about what to expect with these when the show comes to a close.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

The best iPhone 6 cases for style and protection

No one likes a bruised Apple. Scratches, scuffs, and cracks on a new iPhone 6 are enough to ruin anyone’s day. Check out the best iPhone 6 cases and get some protection on that shiny new smartphone.

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Home Theater

New TV? Here's where to go to watch the best 4K content available

Searching for content for your new 4K UHD TV? Look no further. We have every major source of the best 4K content, along with the cost, hardware requirements, and features that make each service worth a look.

Blizzard’s latest hiring spree is likely for the unannounced ‘Diablo 4’

Activision Blizzard is hiring for more than a dozen positions on unannounced Diablo projects. Some of the roles are likely for the unannounced Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the series.

Everything we know about 'Red Dead Online', including the new mode Gun Rush

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.

Fortnite V-Bucks being used by criminals for money laundering on dark web

Criminals are using Fortnite's V-Bucks for money laundering schemes on the dark web. Epic Games, apparently, is not doing enough to prevent the game from being used for the illegal activity.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

Relive the 8-bit gaming era with the best NES emulators for Android and PC

For years prior to the release of the NES Classic, emulators have offered a means to every NES game ever created without needing the console. Here are the best NES emulators for Android and PC.

Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition comes with a life-size Scorpion mask

The Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition will come with a human-sized replica of the mask of Scorpion, one of the most iconic fighters of the series. NetherRealm Studios has also announced the game's preorder bonuses.

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

These are the best indie games you can get on PC right now

Though many indie games now come to consoles as well, there's still a much larger selection on PC. With that in mind, we've created a list of the best indie games for PC, with an emphasis on games that are only available on PC.

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.

Goodbye, Machinima: YouTube gaming channel pulls the plug after 13 years

Machinima, a YouTube gaming channel that was launched in 2006, has suddenly shut down, with all of its videos set to private. The #RIPMachinima hashtag is now making the rounds in social media to reminisce about the channel's content.