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Tech Review: Xbox’s Wireless Headset Delivers A Solid Experience Worthy of Its $99 Price Tag

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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The gaming headset market is an extremely crowded one, with tons of options for gamers to choose from. Xbox has decided to throw its name into the hat with its own premium headset that delivers a solid user experience.

Microsoft’s $99 headset is a sleek yet simple offering that takes its cues from the next-gen console the Xbox Series X while working with other consoles like the Xbox Series S, older Xbox One models, plus Windows PC and comes with features that make them stand out among the crowded field of headsets from other companies like HyperX, Turtle Beach and Sony.

Simply Sleek

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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Immediately you will notice the very sleek design once you take the headset out of the box. Like the Xbox Series X, the headset has a matte finish that, unfortunately, is very prone to collecting fingerprints. But, the headset is very attractive with nice details like the Xbox logo on the right earcup and the signature neon green rings around each earcup that definitely lets you know this is an Xbox peripheral.

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One feature that I absolutely loved is the fact you can adjust the volume and game/voice balance by simply turning the spinning dials located on each ear. The right ear handles the headset’s master volume, while the left ear lets you fine-tune the voice chat and game balance. You can easily restore it to a neutral setting by turning the dial to the middle. A click will let you know that has been achieved.

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Unlike many other wireless headsets, Xbox decided the fewer buttons, the better, and on this matter, we agree. There is one long green power button that doubles as the pairing button located on the left earcup. On the right earcup, users will find the single USB-C port to charge the headset.

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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Microsoft boasts that you can get about 15 hours of gameplay out of the headset, and for the most part, that is accurate. If you happen to run out of juice during a gaming session, you can plug the headset in for about 30 minutes, and that will give you about four hours of use.

You can also link multiple devices to the Xbox Wireless Headset at one time, so basically, you can take a call while playing at the same time. One convenient but also annoying feature is the fact Xbox Series X or whatever console the headset is connected to will turn on when the power button is pressed. Something to pay attention to when you want to use the headset to listen to music or take a Zoom call.

As for comfort, the Xbox Wireless headset is lightweight and very comfortable to wear but will have to “broken in” first. The earpads feature soft memory foam covered in faux leather with similar padding underneath the headband to ensure a comfortable fit during long gameplay sessions.

Mic Check 1, 2

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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The microphone is long and narrow plus can be adjusted but not removed. It can be muted via a single button located underneath it. A LED indicator is located on the tip of the mic that gives you an indication that the mic is muted or not. If the light is on, your mic is hot. When the light is off, the mic is not in use. There is a smart feature called “auto-mute” that is supposed to silence your mic when you’re not talking. While it does “work” I highly recommend just pressing the mute button just to be safe.

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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When it comes to performance, the Xbox Wireless Headset delivers quality voice chat when used on Xbox. Over PC, it’s okay, but there is room for improvement. We recommend sticking with HyperX’s headsets when it comes to that department.

Super Bass

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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When it comes to sound, the Xbox Wireless Headset will not have you asking where the bass is? Because it’s present and accounted for. While playing games like Doom Eternal, Outriders, the explosions and gunfire sounded very heavy, and while the rock-heavy soundtrack from Doom Eternal hits pretty hard. While playing MLB The Show 21, how well voice comes through on the headset, the play-by-play chatter, and background crowd noise is crystal clear.

If that is something you’re not feeling, you can adjust it via the Xbox Accessories app. The Xbox Wireless Headset also works with Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone:X to enhance your sound experience. Windows Sonic is built-in, while Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X require a separate subscription purchase through the Xbox or Windows store.

Final Verdict

Xbox Wireless Headset Review

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While they are not on the same level as Sony’s Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, which gives gamers a next-gen experience in the sound department, Xbox’s wireless headset is definitely a solid pickup for $99. You get a bunch of premium features without having to break the bank as you normally would have to for a good wireless gaming headset.  There is still room for improvement, but it’s nothing a few software updates can’t correct.

Like the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Wireless Headset is also sold out everywhere, so keep checking retailers for restocks.

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HHW Gaming: ‘Mortal Kombat’ & ‘Injustice’ Studio Working On New Marvel Fighting Game: Report

NetherRealm Studios Reportedly Working On New Marvel Fighting Game

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A new Marvel-based fighting game? Made by the same studio that brought us Mortal Kombat 11 and Injustice? WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT.

According to the digital grapevine, a new Marvel fighting game is in the works, and NetherRealm Studio is allegedly behind it.  If this is indeed the case, it will be the first game since 2017’s Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and would mean that NetherRealm is not currently working on the follow-up to Injustice 2: Gods Among Us.

The report comes from Daniel Richtman (via Stealth Optional) and doesn’t bear much in the form of details, so please take all of this with the tiniest grain of salt while at the same time being excited at the possibility that such a game could exist. Richtman says that the game is currently in development for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and possibly PC. There is a solid chance that PS4 and Xbox One owners won’t even get a chance to stiff this game.

For those who have been thirsting for Injustice 3, this news might not sit well with you because it means NetherRealm is putting all of its focus into this rumored Marvel game. But, Comicbook.com is adding more fuel to the fire by suggesting there is a slight possibility that NetherRealm could be working on a Marvel vs. DC fighting game.

That would be crazy.

Again, this is just mere speculation, but something definitely worth keeping in the back of your mind. Crazier things have happened.

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HHW Gaming: Basketball & Video Games Collide With ANTA x HyperX’s Gordon Hayward Limited-Edition Bundle

ANTA x HyperX Team Up For Gordon Hayward Limited-Edition Sneaker

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Athletic wear and gaming have gone hand in hand as of late, so this latest collaboration between ANTA and HyperX makes all the sense in the world.

The two companies have one thing in common, they both work with Boston Celtic forward Gordon Hayward, so the decision to work together on this limited-edition box was a no-brainer. It brings together the two things that Hayward love’s to do, and that is playing basketball and gaming.

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Inside the box is a limited-edition pair of Hayward’s signature basketball sneakers from ANTA, the GH2 “HyperX” and HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset. The sneakers feature some unique gaming-inspired details that help them easily stand out from other shoe silhouettes. The GH2 are draped in HyperX’s black and red colorways and have a unique printing process that showcases black-red gradient effects. 

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The inspiration behind the design is pulled straight from the circuit board that you can find inside HyperX’s products like headsets, keyboards, mice, and the HyperX logo, which can be found on the shoe’s heel pictured above.

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Wearers can see the word “GAMER” on the lacing system, and it showcases the partnership between HyperX x ANTA.

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Speaking about the limited-edition collaboration Dustin Illingworth, head of influencers and esports at HyperX, added:

“We are thrilled to be working with ANTA on this limited-edition HyperX x ANTA Gordon Hayward box. HyperX joins forces with ANTA to showcase Hayward’s passion for basketball and esports with a collection that reflects his love for the game, on and off the court, and captures the HyperX core belief – WE’RE ALL GAMERS.”

Anta x HyperX Gordon Hayward

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As far as getting your hands on the bundle, you might be out of luck in that department. Only a few were made and given away in a contest. If you come across one, you might have to pay a grip, BUT you can purchase the sneakers directly from China through ANTA’s website for only $160.

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We look forward to more collaborations between the companies and hope they continue to look this good.

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HHW Gaming: Nintendo Announces Super Mario Party Update, Gaming Fans Are Super Star Lit

Gaming World Highlights At Gamescom 2018

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Since launching in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has transformed the handheld gaming experience with its hybrid console and tablet-like configuration. One of the system’s top party games, Super Mario Party, just got a pretty nifty update that most Nintendo fans are seemingly excited about.

The Nintendo team announced the change via Twitter and also their support page, laying out the new features coming to the popular party game. Given that this is the first update for the game in well over two years and just the second overall, the news is certainly big for Switch users.

Check out the update notes below:

You can now play the following modes over the internet:

・Mario Party

・Partner Party

Free Play (Minigames)

Important: To play over the internet, a subscription to the paid Nintendo Switch Online service is required.

Playing over the internet

To play over the internet, select either Mario Party, Partner Party, or Minigames, then select Online Play.

There are two ways to play over the internet: Friend Match, where you can play with Friends, and Private Game, where you can play with anyone using passwords.

The combinations through which you can play over the internet are as follows:

・Up to 1 player per system (you can play with between 2 and 4 players)

・Up to 2 players per system (you can play with between 3 and 4 players)

If two players are each playing on their own systems, they cannot play with two players using a third system.

Playing over the internet supports the Invite Friend feature. If you select Invite Friend on the screen at which you’re waiting for rivals, your selected Friends can join from the Online Play Invites on their user-page icon in the top left of the HOME Menu.

・Online Mariothon does not support the Invite Friend feature.

When playing over the internet, all 20 characters and all maps are available, regardless of your current in-game progress.

When playing over the internet, 70 of the total 80 minigames are available to play.

The following 10 minigames are not available when playing over the internet.

・Strike It Rich

・Time to Shine

・Take a Stab

・All-Star Swingers

・Rhythm and Bruise

・Pep Rally

・Wiped Out

・Fiddler on the Hoof

・Clearing the Table

・Baton and On

Play data won’t be saved when playing over the internet.

Super Mario Party did have online play prior to this update but the feature was limited to just a handful of the minigames. This effectively opens up the world of Super Mario Party to a global pool of co-players and competitors, and the joy and requisite hate that’s being expressed on Twitter at the moment is impassioned and comical at times.

Check out those reactions below.

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HHW Gaming: The Video Game Industry Found Its Way Into The Oscars Thanks To Huge Win

Short Documentary Featured In 'Medal of Honor' Video Game Won An A Oscar

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Unfortunately, The Academy has yet to acknowledge video games as a medium worthy of an Oscar, but the video game industry might have just found its way in.

Some video games are basically like films. Both have scripts, great stories, with amazing actors and actresses bringing characters to life. The only difference is you can directly interact with one, while viewers can only observe movies. That’s not enough to win a coveted Oscar award…yet, but video games did find a way to be recognized on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Sunday night (Apr.25), during The Oscars, the documentary short Colette won an Academy Award, a huge first for the video game industry. The doc was originally produced by Oculus Studios and EA’s Respawn Entertainment and was featured in the first-person shooter VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. The game is widely recognized for its historical accuracy, and keeping with that theme, players can unlock short “Gallery” films highlighting real World War II vets as they progress through the game.

Colette, which is directed by Anthony Giacchino, which is one of those “Gallery” films, tells the story of 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine, one of the last surviving French Resistance members. In the film, she is convinced by a young history student, Lucie Fouble, to return to Germany after vowing never to return to the country. Once there, she visits the Nazi concentration camp where her brother, Jean-Pierre, was sadly killed.

It was acquired and distributed by The Guardian and won the award for best short film at the Big Sky Festival, which made it eligible for Oscar contention. The film went on to win the gold statuette, not only making it the first Oscar-related video game win but a first for The Guardian as well.

In a statement speaking on the historical win, Oculus Studios director of production Mike Doran said in a statement, “The real hero here is Colette herself, who has shared her story with integrity and strength.” He further added,  “As we see in the film, resistance takes courage, but facing one’s past may take even more. Allowing us to preserve this pilgrimage for future generations was a true act of bravery and trust.”

A huge win for the video game industry.

You can check out Colette by heading here.

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Nintendo Adding VR Support To “Super Mario Odyssey” & “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild”

Paris Games Week 2017 : Day One At Porte De Versailles In Paris

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Nintendo revealed it is stepping back in the world of virtual reality once again when it surprised fans with the announcement of the Labo VR kit.

No, this is definitely not the failed Virtual Boy console.

Announced on Thursday (Apr.4) the new interactive kit will launch on April 12 and will bring VR to the Nintendo Switch console. Users will be able to build Toy-Con VR goggles that attach to the hybrid console. Alongside the announcement of the latest Labo kit, Nintendo announced that two of its most popular titles Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild will be getting free updates to take utilizing the new virtual reality components.

Once the Nintendo Labo VR kit is constructed, gamers will be able to play mini-games like getting up close and personal with wildlife and taking pictures of them, flying with birds and shooting at creatures with a blaster. Players can look forward to three new mini-missions as well as VR versions of Cap, Seaside and Luncheon kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey.

As far as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the free update will reimagine the world of Hyrule in Virtual Reality. No word if there any specific missions or mini-games but fans could look forward to another reason for playing the epic game once again.

The Nintendo Labo VR Kit will cost $79.99 and will come with six separate accessories including camera, Toy-Con goggles, bird, wind pedal, elephant and blaster. This news follows the recent revelation that Nintendo is gearing up to launch two new Nintendo Switch consoles this year as well.

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Sega Genesis Mini Retro Console Will Come With 40 Classic Games Pre-Loaded

Sega's Genesis Mini Retro Console Will Come With 40 Games Preloaded

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Sega announced last year back in April that it would be joining the retro console boom by launching the Mega Drive Mini (Genesis in North America). After dealing with delays due to quality issues and parting ways with AtGames, who was initially tapped to help make the console, the company announced the classic system will launch this year in September.

Sega made the announcement during its annual fan event in Tokyo Sega Fes 2019. When it launches, it will have 40 games pre-loaded into the system offering more than Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic and Sony’s PlayStation retro console. While not blowing its whole load, it revealed 10 games fans of the iconic system could look forward to and they are:

  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Comix Zone
  • Altered Beast
  • Dr.Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Space Harrier II
  • Toe Jam & Earl
  • Shining Force
  • Castlevania

The miniature version of the 16-bit console when it launches on September 19 will allow players to continue where they left off from in games, come with two wired classic three-button controller (six-button in Japan) and HDMI ports for HD gaming. As mentioned above, Sega ditched AtGames and will use its own M2 software to power the Genesis Mini. As far as price, Forbes reports a single-controller unit will cost $60 (6,980 yen), but if you want the two-controller console, it will cost an additional $20.

According to Sega’s official website, pre-order links will be coming soon and if gamers want to stay up to date on the console can sign up for the newsletter. This won’t be the only HD retro console that will give players a chance to play Genesis games, Analogue also announced it will be dropping a console named Mega Sg as well.

Nothing wrong with having options right?

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‘Streets of Rage 4’ First Gameplay Trailer Arrives, Where’s Adam Hunter Though?

Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Trailer

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Genesis fans were excited to learn last Summer that developers LizardCube, Guard Crush Games, Dotemu in association with Sega was bringing back with Streets of Rage with a direct sequel. Now, a new trailer has arrived to get retro gamers even more hyped.

In the new look at Streets of Rage 4, fans of the original beat-em-up video will be happy to know the button mashing action is back and looks better than ever. The 41-second clip features the games iconic characters Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding putting paws on the goons that plague their city and using their unique techniques that were first introduced in Streets of Rage 2.

Fans will also be happy to hear that some of the original sound effects will be returning, the score for the game is still up in the air and in the trailer does note “all music and sounds are a work in progress.” So there is still a glimmer of hope that games original composer Yuzo Koshiro will return.

There is still one big mystery, and that is the omission of Adam Hunter, the game’s  Black character. Like the titles pending release date or what systems it will live on there is no word on if he is in the game at all. His absence from the game’s first two trailers though is a downer.

Based on what he has been shown so far cooperative play is the focus, and we are definitely looking forward to teaming up with a friend to take out some goons. Check out the new trailer for Streets of Rage 4 below and let us know in the comment section below if you feel it’s a disservice that Adam is missing.

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Battle Royale Mode ‘Blackout’ Free Trial Begins January 17

Blackout Free Trial Begins Thursday

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If you haven’t gotten a chance to experience Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode ‘Blackout’, you can do so for free starting this Thursday, January 17.

Today Activision announced for one week, players can experience the popular new mode in all of its glory and Call of Duty multiplayer mayhem on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You will have access to all of the mode’s features which includes characters, maps, gear, and weapons.

Along with the announcement of the Blackout Free Trial, Activision also is releasing a new update that will add some improvements to the game that includes:

  • Debut of Gauntlets and new Elixirs in Zombies on PS4
  • A new week of Featured Playlists and the addition of Elevation andMadagascar to map rotation for Black Ops Pass owners in Multiplayer
  • New-and-improved console looting interface in Blackout
  • plus much more

You can head to Black Ops 4 official Reddit page to get the full details on the update, and you can watch the announcement trailer below to get you excited for Thursday.

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Look: New Godzilla & Sonic The Hedgehog Posters Are Here

Sonic The Hedgehog

The hype and anticipation for a couple major 2019 movies just went up a few notches. On Monday, new must-see posters for the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Sonic the Hedgehog premiered online.

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