Turtle Beach Unveils New Gaming Headsets and Partnerships


New headsets announced for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC platforms

LONDON, UK, June 17, 2014 — Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced a broad lineup of new headsets and partnerships spanning Xbox, PlayStation and PC gaming platforms (NASDAQ: HEAR).

New product highlights include:
·         The first gaming headsets for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound
·         The first gaming headset to provide fully wireless game and chat audio for the Xbox One
·         The first noise-cancelling headphones for the PlayStation®4
·         A Tournament Audio Controller (TAC) that sets a new standard for console and PC professional gaming, with unique advanced features for audio control and broadcast streaming
·         New additions to an expanding portfolio of PC headsets
·         An Elite Membership Program that offers exclusive benefits to competitive gamers

Xbox One Compatible Headsets

The Ear Force Stealth 500X is a fully wireless surround sound headset for the Xbox One console. The Stealth 500X delivers digital audio from the Xbox One’s optical connection, and separate wireless channels for chat and game audio. Utilizing immersive DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound and a completely reimagined preset system, players can use surround sound modes that are finely tuned for different types of games, movies and music. For example, the game surround sound mode offers presets that have been acoustically tuned for first person shooter, racing, and sports games. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playing time, and new high-performance WiFi ensures an interference-free wireless experience. Swap out the removable microphone for the included mobile cable and use the Stealth 500X on the road as wired headset.

The Ear Force XO ONE is a lightweight, comfortable stereo Xbox One gaming headset that is packed full of features. The XO ONE features finely tuned 50mm drivers, multi-step Bass Boost and Microphone Monitor. The high-quality flex microphone is removable for use with mobile devices as a headphone.

With the new Stealth 500X and XO ONE, Turtle Beach now offers five Xbox One headsets. In March 2014, Turtle Beach released the first officially-licensed Xbox One headsets on the market: the XO FOURXO SEVEN, and Titanfall Atlas.

PlayStation®4 Compatible Headsets

The all-new Turtle Beach Elite 800 is the most technologically-advanced wireless gaming headset ever made, setting a new standard for wireless gaming audio. Compatible with the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3, the Elite 800 utilizes DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound and active noise cancellation to create an incredible, immersive audio experience. Both are firsts for console gaming headsets. A completely reimagined preset system allows surround sound modes to be finely tuned for different types of games, movies and music. Presets can be customised and managed using a new mobile app. Dual invisible microphones provide high-quality chat audio and a clean, boom-free look. Rocker plate controls makes using features easy and keeps the Elite 800 looking sharp. Customize the look of the Elite 800 with a wide range of snap-on speaker plates available at TurtleBeach.com. A low profile magnetic charging stand keeps the Elite 800 charged without cables and the rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playing time. High-performance WiFi ensures an interference-free wireless experience, and Bluetooth connects to mobile devices for phone calls, music and more.

The Ear Force Stealth 400 is a fully wireless stereo headset compatible with PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 consoles. A new lightweight, sleek design provides comfort during long sessions of game play or movie marathons. Controls on the ear cup provide quick access to separate game and chat volume, as well as for distinct surround sound presets for games, movies and music.  The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playing time and new high-performance WiFi ensures an interference-free wireless experience. Acoustically angled, large 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver an immersive audio experience. Swap out the removable microphone for the included mobile cable with inline mic and use the Stealth 400 on the road as wired headset.

The new Ear Force P12 amplified stereo gaming headset provides high-quality digital game and chat audio through a single USB connection for the PlayStation®4. The P12 incorporates features popular with gamers, including adjustable Bass Boost and Microphone Monitor. An inline amplifier provides easy access to volume controls and microphone mute. Large 50mm speakers deliver a full-range of high-quality audio, from crisp highs to thumping lows. The P12 also disconnects from the in-line amp for use on PS VitaTM and other mobile devices. The P12 will be available globally on July 10.

Turtle Beach previously released the PX4 wireless surround headset andP4C chat communicator for the PlayStation®4 console. With the addition of the Elite 800, Stealth 400 and P12, Turtle Beach has now announced five gaming headsets for PlayStation®4 since the console launched in November, 2013.

Tournament Audio Controller

A brand new Tournament Audio Controller (TAC) provides precise, fingertip control over audio so players can adjust their audio mix to match changing game conditions. The Elite Tournament Audio Controller (TAC) is compatible with PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as PCs and Macs. Dolby AC3 decoding to DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound ensures an immersive, high-quality audio experience. The TAC has a central master volume control knob, a game/chat mix slider, groundbreaking mic controls and ergonomically placed buttons for intuitive control over advanced audio features. The TAC also outputs audio for professional-quality live streaming or recording of full gameplay and chat audio. TAC units can be daisy-chained for tournament or LAN gaming. An auxiliary input allows you to connect a mobile device and mix in voice calls or music. The Elite Tournament Audio Controller will be available in the winter of 2014 and integrated into future tournament gaming headset systems.

Turtle Beach Elite Membership Program

The purchase of any Elite gaming headset includes the opportunity to enroll in the Turtle Beach Elite Membership Program. Member benefits include discounts, two-year extended product warranty, early access to news and product information, and a range of unique, member-only opportunities at Major League Gaming (MLG) and other gaming events. The Turtle Beach Elite Program is only available to participants who reside in markets where Turtle Beach Elite products are sold.  Additionally, specific program benefits vary by market and will also be subject to local restrictions.

“The Turtle Beach Elite Membership Program is a unique offering for tournament professionals and competitive gamers,” said Bob Picunko, Chief Marketing Officer at Turtle Beach Corporation. “We look forward to providing members with one-of-a-kind opportunities and special benefits.”

PC Gaming Headsets

The Heroes of the StormTM Stereo PC Gaming Headset is the ultimate headset for fans of Heroes of the Storm, a new raucous online team brawler that draws iconic characters from more than 20 years of Blizzard gaming history, including the award-winning Warcraft®Diablo®, and StarCraft®franchises. The new PC gaming headset features swappable speaker plates, so fans can personalise their headset with a unique design featuring their favorite Blizzard heroes. Powerful 50mm speakers deliver all the crisp highs and powerful lows. In-line controls provide easy access to volume and microphone mute. Breathable, around-the-ear cushions are optimized for noise isolation and comfort during long play sessions. A fully adjustable, high-sensitivity microphone on a removable boom provides loud, clear chat audio.

The Ear Force Recon 320 brings surround sound gaming to the PC market at a very competitive price. Amazing Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound allows players to pinpoint enemy locations and hear accurate, immersive surround sound with any type of content. A new around-the-ear headset design allows for hours of comfort and noise-isolation plus the ability to personalize the Recon 320 with swappable speaker plates. Amplified 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver crisp highs and powerful lows. The Recon 320 uses a single USB connection for PC or a 3.5mm jack on mobile devices. A high-sensitivity microphone on a flexible, removable boom provides loud, clear chat audio. An included mobile cable with in-line mic and multi-function button for mobile controls  ̶  such as answer call, pause music, and skip track  ̶  makes the Recon 320 a true mobile headset as well.

The Heroes of the Storm and Recon 320 gaming headsets will join Turtle Beach’s growing PC gaming portfolio, which includes three models introduced in 2013 – the surround sound Z SEVEN wired and Z300 wireless headsets, and the stereo Z22 wired headset, and the soon to be released Z60 which is the first PC gaming headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 channel surround sound and large, 60mm neodymium speaker drivers.  These new headsets will contribute to Turtle Beach’s efforts to increase the company’s share of the PC gaming headset market.

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