SteelSeries, a manufacturer of gaming equipment that hardly ever rests, has three new headsets premiering at Gamescom: the Arctis Nova 7, 3, and 1. This follows the release of the multifunctional Arctis Nova Pro line earlier this year.
Cost of New SteelSeries Headset
These headphones cost the following amounts:
- €69.99 for Arctis Nova 1 in EMEA.
- €109.99 for Arctis Nova 3 in EMEA.
- Arctis Nova 7 (all versions): €199.99 in EMEA
Even while the Nova Pro has a lot of capabilities, the wireless version costs £330, which is a significant amount of money to spend on a gaming headset, even if it does a good job of replacing your regular ANC cans. You don’t have to spend that much, though.
The Arctis Nova 7 costs £175 ($180) and lacks the pro model’s noise-cancelling capabilities and interchangeable battery packs, but it retains multisource audio support through Bluetooth and the built-in 2.4GHz USB-C dongle. The latter can be used with virtually any system, including the Nintendo Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, as it is multi-platform.
SteelSeries New Headset Design
All of the new headsets have adopted the Arctis Nova Pro’s design, which was just just debuted and received high marks from us in our review.
The Nova Acoustic System, which includes High Fidelity audio drivers, 360 degree spatial audio, and support for the Sonar Audio Software Suite, has been carried over from the Pro to the new Nova series in addition to the sleek new design.
The New Arctis Nova 7
The Arctis Nova 7 is available in three versions: the PC-compatible Nova 7, the PlayStation-compatible Nova 7P, and the Xbox-compatible Nova 7X. With 2.4GHz and Bluetooth connectivity, the Arcits Nova 7 offers a full wireless solution.
Using the USB-C wireless dongle, users may switch between PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch while listening to two audio streams at once. The headset includes Steelseries’ ClearCast Gen 2 mic for crystal-clear audio chat, AirWeave Memory Foam cushions for extended, pleasant gaming sessions, and a 38-hour battery life. It also has a quick charge feature that gives up to 6 hours of power after only 15 minutes of charging.
SteelSeries’ USB-C transmitter is now platform-independent, so the Nova 7 Wireless shares a similar design with the incredibly comfortable and noticeably non-gamy Arctis Nova Pro. However, the differences between the two are almost exclusively cosmetic.
The Arctis Nova 7 costs £175 ($180) and lacks the pro model’s noise-cancelling capabilities and interchangeable battery packs, but it retains multisource audio support through Bluetooth and the built-in 2.4GHz USB-C dongle.
With the Sonar Audio Software Suite, the headset can produce 360-degree spatial audio as well as what SteelSeries calls the world’s first parametric EQ for gamers. This enables players to adjust each frequency individually for a competitive advantage in games where even the smallest amount of noise can make a difference. According to the battery life estimate, you may play for six hours with a 15-minute rapid charge.
The New Arctis Nova 3 Headset
The affordable Nova 1 headset (£60 / $60) has a 3.5mm audio jack that can connect to any compatible device, while the midrange Nova 3 headset (£100 / $100) comes with the same AI-powered noise-cancelling mic as its more expensive sibling and customizable RGB lighting on the ear cups (because one of them had to). The Nova 3 and Nova 1 are both wired-only products.
The Arctis Nova 3 has a USB-C interface and works with any mobile device that has a USB-C connector, including the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Mac, and PC. Additionally, it has Steelseries PrismSync RGB technology, which lets you change the colour of the earcups while jamming out to your favorite games.
Purchase the excellent Nova Acoustic System and use ComfortMAX to achieve the ideal fit. The Arctis Nova 3 gaming headset also features fashionable RGB and enhances your communications with potent AI noise-cancelling.
Noise-Cancelling Microphone Powered by AI — The algorithm is on your side. The ClearCast Gen 2 mic, which is supported by Sonar Software, employs AI to block out noises originating from teammates’ microphones as well as noises coming from your end. It truly is magical.
This is your time to shine, PrismSync RBG Lighting. Choose your trademark colour from 16.8 million options, or use PrismSync to sync it with other SteelSeries devices.
Multi-Platform Support – Use the USB-C dongle to connect to your preferred platform, such as a PC, Mac, PlayStation, Switch, or iPad/mobile.
The Arctis Nova Headset 1
The Arctis 1 has a 4-pole, 3.5mm connector that is compatible with most gaming computers, smartphones, Xbox controllers, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. A dual 3.5mm converter cable is also included with the PC version for computers with separate microphone and headphone connections.
The Arctis Nova 1 has a standard 3.5mm jack that is compatible with any platform of your choosing, including mobile devices, PCs, PS4/PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It also incorporates Steelseries’ AirWeave Memory cushions to keep your ears well-ventilated and 4-point adjustment to make it simple to find the ideal fit. Instead of how they sound, the new Nova headsets differ mostly in how they connect.
The Arctis Nova 1 can perform better than its class when using the software that comes with a Windows machine, but it isn’t quite as competitive without it. For the same price, I wouldn’t be persuaded to upgrade from the Nacon Rig 500 HX Gen 2.
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Since the quality of the entry-level Nova 1 depends on the Sonar software, which I covered in-depth in the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless review, it is fundamentally a Windows device. It connects with a detachable 3.5mm analogue wire, similar to most inexpensive headsets, and has a volume slider and mute button on the earcup.
It may produce outstanding audio thanks to the ability to adjust it using SteelSeries’ renowned Sonar software, which offers noise-cancellation and equaliser features above and above its class. Surprisingly good surround is part of that.
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