MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, we check out the new Cloud headset from HyperX and battle with Venom’s latest arcade stick
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
HyperX has released an updated version of its Cloud gaming headset.
The HyperX Cloud II features a redesigned USB sound card audio control box for a higher level of audio quality.
The headset’s independent audio and microphone volume control allows users to adjust both audio and mic volume. They can also choose to toggle surround sound and mic sound on and off.
The headset boasts virtual 7.1 surround sound with an enhanced feeling of distance and depth for more immersive audio.
53mm drivers are also included for improved audio performance, there is enhanced bass via the sound card, while the Cloud II’s closed-cup design helps with noise cancellation in gaming tournaments and other loud environments.
The headset additionally has a digitally-enhanced, noise-cancelling microphone with automatic gain control functionality and echo cancellation, which is enabled through use of the integrated USB sound card. This means that background noise is reduced and voice quality is boosted, with chat volume automatically increasing when in-game audio gets louder to provide optimal communication during heated multiplayer matches.
The peripheral is USB-powered for PC and Mac, with 3.5mm stereo-compatibility for PS4 and Xbox One.
Release Date: Out Now
Contact: 0333 101 1000
Venom Arcade Stick for PS3 and PS4
Officially licensed by Sony, Venom’s latest Arcade Stick has an exclusive dual format design, which means it is compatible with both the PS3 and PS4.
This product features a steel shaft micro switched joystick, which provides rapid responsiveness – similar to that of an arcade machine.
The peripheral is designed with an ergonomic layout, complete with a sleek look that is designed to fit in with the aesthetics of the PlayStation consoles. It has eight buttons, which boast turbo functions, and the PS4 Share Button.
It’s been built out of durable and ‘premium’ components, which Venom says gives the buttons and joystick that authentic ‘arcade-quality’ feel.
The faceplate of the peripherals can additionally be customised using the included pack of decals.
Meanwhile, the 4m cable can be hidden away in the device’s internal storage.
Players can also switch between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as two different turbo modes. They can also customise whether the joystick registers as an analog stick or D-pad, using integrated switches.
Release Date: February 2015
Contact: 01763 284 181