updated 11:57 am EDT, Fri November 2, 2012
Tritton Pro gaming headset brings virtual surround sound to PS3, Xbox 360
Mad Catz has began offering its Tritton Pro True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset in five countries on Friday, including the Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US. The headset is compatible with Sony's PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 in North America but can also be used with PCs and Macs in Europe, though what the difference is and why they can't also be used on computers in North America isn't clear. It does offer virtual 5.1-channel surround sound no matter where they're purchased, however, making them especially valuable to hard-core first-person shooters where they may be able to hear enemies coming before they see them.
The headset sports Dolby Digital technology and each earcup contains four neodymium magnet speakers. These include two 30mm drivers for the front and rear channels, 23mm center channel speakers, and a 40mm driver for the low frequencies in each headphone. Frequency response ranges from 25Hz to 22kHz. There is an inline volume control that lets users adjust the volume for each channel, while the voice of competitors can also be tuned out to hear game sounds only.
The headset has a removable microphone mounted on a flexible boom and ship with two Xbox LIVE Connector Cables, a USB cable, optical cable and digital audio adapter. The wired headphones have a 12-foot long cable. The Tritton Pros cost $200 in the US and are now shipping.