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This could be Valve’s wireless VR headset, Deckard

A recently published U.S. patent application might provide a good preview of Valve’s wireless VR headset.

The rumor mill has been heating up recently with deep dives into Steam code, uncovering intriguing details that seem to suggest a new head-mounted display system, possibly called Deckard, is in development. So far most signs point to this being a stand-alone, wireless headset similar to Meta’s Quest 2 — or at least a device that has the option to be used without a PC connected.

Much of the patent discusses the headstrap and how it allows various adjustments for optimal comfort while still holding securely — as well as preventing outside light from leaking inside. The patent contains several drawings that show two dials at the back for adjusting the fit, allowing fine-tuning even in the middle of a game or other VR experience, without the need to use both hands or to remove the headset.

The design shown in the patent might not ever be manufactured; however, it’s interesting to see what Valve has been working on and it’s likely that at least some aspects of this design will be used in a future product. The ear speakers look quite similar to the current Valve Index and there is still a center strap that runs front to back with hook and loop straps for adjustment.

In addition to the center strap, the dials are described as a way to adjust both the top and the side tightness, so perhaps the added dial will make fine adjustments to the top strap more quickly and without having to unhook it before tightening. This can be critically important in the middle of an intense VR session if the headset is slipping, causing the image sharpness to suffer.

Valve VR headset back headstrap dials patent Deckard?

While fit and comfort are very important aspects of any VR headset, the hardware specifications are what is of most interest. Unfortunately, no details were provided in that regard. Earlier speculation suggests Valve’s rumored Deckard headset could have many of the same features as Meta’s Quest 2 while retaining the ability to connect to a PC to run higher quality games and more demanding apps.

With Meta’s Cambria and Apple’s first VR headset expected to arrive in 2022, it seems Valve might join the fray with Deckard as well, making this the biggest year ever for virtual reality hardware.

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Meta’s latest VR headset prototypes could help it pass the ‘Visual Turing test’

Meta wants to make it clear it’s not giving up on high-end VR experiences yet. So, in a rare move, the company is spilling the beans on several VR headset prototypes at once. The goal, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is to eventually craft something that could pass the “visual Turing Test,” or the point where virtual reality is practically indistinguishable from the real world. That’s the Holy Grail for VR enthusiasts, but for Meta’s critics, it’s another troubling sign that the company wants to own reality (even if Zuckerberg says he doesn’t want to completely own the metaverse).

As explained by Zuckerberg and Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist of Meta’s Reality Labs, creating the perfect VR headset involves perfecting four basic concepts. First, they need to reach a high resolution so you can have 20/20 VR vision (with no need for prescription glasses). Additionally, headsets need variable focal depth and eye tracking, so you can easily focus on nearby and far away objects; as well as fix optical distortions inherent in current lenses. (We’ve seen this tech in the Half Dome prototypes.) Finally, Meta needs to bring HDR, or high dynamic range, into headsets to deliver more realistic brightness, shadows and color depth. More so than resolution, HDR is a major reason why modern TVs and computer monitors look better than LCDs from a decade ago.

Meta Reality Labs VR headset prototypes

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And of course, the company needs to wrap all of these concepts into a headset that’s light and easy to wear. In 2020, Facebook Reality Labs showed off a pair of concept VR glasses using holographic lenses , which looked like over-sized sunglasses. Building on that original concept, the company revealed Holocake 2 today (above), its thinnest VR headset yet. It looks more traditional than the original pair, but notably Zuckerberg says it’s a fully functional prototype that can play any VR game while tethered to a PC.

“Displays that match the full capacity of human vision are going to unlock some really important things,” Zuckerberg said in a media briefing. “The first is a realistic sense of presence, and that’s the feeling of being with someone or in some place as if you’re physically there. And given our focus on helping people connect, you can see why this is such a big deal.” He described testing photorealistic avatars in a mixed reality environment, where his VR companion looked like it was standing right beside him. While “presence” may seem like an esoteric term these days, it’s easier to understand once headsets can realistically connect you to remote friends, family and colleagues.

Meta’s upcoming Cambria headset appears to be a small step towards achieving true VR presence, the brief glimpses we’ve seen at its technology makes it seem like a small upgrade from the Oculus Quest 2. While admitting the perfect headset is far off, Zuckerberg showed off prototypes that demonstrated how much progress Meta’s Reality Labs has made so far.

Meta Reality Labs VR headset prototypes

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There’s “Butterscotch” (above), which can display near retinal resolution, allowing you to read the bottom line of an eye test in VR. To achieve that, the Reality Labs engineers had to cut the Quest 2’s field of view in half, a compromise that definitely wouldn’t work in a finished product. The Starburst HDR prototype looks even wilder: It’s a bundle of wires, fans and other electronics that can produce up to 20,000 nits of brightness. That’s a huge leap from the Quest 2’s 100 nits, and it’s even leagues ahead of super-bright Mini-LED displays we’re seeing today. (My eyes are watering at the thought of putting that much light close to my face.) Starburst is too large and unwieldy to strap onto your head, so researchers have to peer into it like a pair of binoculars.

Meta Mirror Lake VR concept

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While the Holocake 2 appears to be Meta’s most polished prototype yet, it doesn’t include all of the technology the company is currently testing. That’s the goal of the Mirror Lake concept (above), which will offer holographic lenses, HDR, mechanical varifocal lenses and eye tracking. There’s no working model yet, but it’s a decent glimpse at what Meta is aiming for several years down the road. It looks like a pair of high-tech ski goggles, and it’ll be powered by LCD displays with laser backlights. The company is also developing a way to show your eyes and facial expressions to outside observers with an external display on the front.

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Apple’s AR headset release gets adjusted after missing WWDC

There is bad news for those who were hoping to get their hands on Apple’s rumored upcoming augmented reality headset. It looks like shipping dates will shift from Q1 2023 to Q2 2023 — that is, if you believe the rumors.

This bit of speculation comes courtesy of the ever-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The delay is apparently due to the lockdowns in Shanghai, which have interrupted development timelines. Kuo tweeted out the bad news along with his own predictions for the headset:

(2/2)
1. EVT starting from 3Q22.
2. Media event on Jan 2023.
3. Delivery of development toolkit within 2-4 weeks after the event.
4. Starting pre-order in 2Q23.
5. Hitting store shelves before WWDC 2023.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 7, 2022

Kuo believes Apple will hold a special media event to announce the AR headset around January of next year with pre-orders starting in 2Q23. He also predicts the device will land in stores before Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next year.

That last prediction is a bit interesting because Apple normally uses WWDC to highlight new software products including updates to operating systems. That would be the perfect time to unveil “realityOS”, the rumored name for the OS powering the headset. That said, with Apple usually showcasing no less than five operating systems (iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, watchOS, tvOS), adding a sixth may be a little overkill.

Apple could choose to unveil both the AR headset and realityOS before WWDC and still provide more developer-specific announcements at the actual conference.

Apple VR Headset Concept Antonio De Rosa

There are many who hoped that Apple would provide some kind of tease at this years’ WWDC, but alas there was none there. Allegedly, overheating issues prevented Apple from showing it off during the keynote presentation. The company has been demoing it internally, however.

As its latest new product category since the Apple Watch, this AR headset is one of the most highly anticipated new products from the company in many years. Apple will likely try to position the headset as a game-changer like the original iPhone was in 2007, the iPad in 2010, and the Apple Watch in 2015.

The headset is rumored to be powered by an Apple Silicon chip more powerful than the M1. If the rumored release date proves to be true, that means it’ll almost certainly be based on the recently announced M2. Apple claims the new 2022 MacBook Air with the M2 has about the same power efficiency as the M1 while being 20% faster.

While you may be a bit bummed out that we’ll have to wait even longer for Apple’s AR headset, there were quite a few interesting things announced at WWDC yesterday.

The iPhone will finally get customizable lock screens with iOS 16. You’ll also be able to use your iPhone as a webcam with MacOS Ventura.

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Pimax Crystal VR headset to ‘take clarity to another level’

The virtual reality headset wars seem to be heating up with Pimax announcing the Pimax Crystal. This new VR headset marries QLED with mini-LED technology that Pimax says will “take clarity to another level.”

Another reason Pimax has to brag about its visual clarity are the lenses that the Crystal uses. Pimax uses glass aspheric lenses instead of plastic lenses that other headsets use. The company says this allows them to improve clarity by increasing transmittance and reducing stray light and aberration.

Glass lenses allow more light to pass through than plastic lenses and Pimax claims a 99% transmittance rate. Using glass also lowers the amount of stray light coming into the lens and precludes the need for software to adjust for light aberration.

Pimax also says that glass allows them to adopt a new three-layer coating process. The first is a blue light coating that filters 99% of blue light, the second is a dust filter, and the third is an antireflective coating.

In terms of specifications, the Pimax Crystal boasts a resolution of 2880 x 2880 per eye with 42 pixels per degree (PPD). That’s well above the PPD of most headsets. With a speedy 160Hz refresh rate, it should reduce the “screen door” effect.

The combination of the QLED and mini-LED technology also allows for a much wider color gamut for better color reproduction.

Owners will also be able to swap out the lenses to adjust the field of view (FOV). One set has a120 degree FOV while the other has a 140 degree FOV.

Internally, the Pimax Crystal sports a Qualcomm XR2 chip, Wi-Fi 6E, auto-IPD (inter-pupillary distance), and Tobii eye tracking. This makes the Crystal a highly capable VR headset — and highly expensive.

The Pimax Crystal ships in the third quarter of 2022 and includes the headset, two controllers, a 6000mAh battery, and the 140-degree lenses for a whopping $1,900. That’s a far cry from most consumer VR headsets that are a couple hundred dollars.

Pimax Crystal VR headset and controllers.

To that point, Pimax Associate Director Joshua Son compares it to a high end gaming console or gaming PC that allows gamers to get the best graphics on the market. The Pimax Crystal aims to provide the best visual fidelity of any available consumer VR headset.

Speaking of competing VR headsets, San Francisco startup Viture recently unveiled the Viture One, a mixed-reality headset that allows users to play games or consume content anywhere there’s a wireless signal. While it doesn’t have nearly the amount of visual fidelity, it is much cheaper and potentially more useful.

The VR headset wars seem to only be starting and it’ll be interesting to see other competitors take on established brands such as Meta.

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Apple’s AR/VR headset gets one step closer to a reality

Apple’s rumored first step into AR and VR has been hush-hush, but a new report indicates that the mixed-reality headset may be getting closer to its grand unveiling.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple’s board got a sneak peek at the company’s upcoming mixed-reality headset at a quarterly meeting. This meeting was attended by “eight independent directors” and CEO Tim Cook.

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Bloomberg’s report indicates that Apple demonstrated the capabilities of the headset, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Apple is also ramping up development of the headset’s operating system, dubbed “realityOS” or just rOS for short. This continues the OS naming scheme that Apple uses for its other products.

The report also says that Apple initially wanted to unveil the headset at its Worldwide Developers Conference this year, but had to delay it due to issues with overheating. Additionally, ongoing supply chain issues and inflation have made things difficult for the tech industry in general.

There have been some conflicting rumors about what Apple’s mixed-reality headset will actually look like and function. However, most rumors agree that there will be a number of cameras and sensors to allow you to see the outside world.

It will also likely feature micro-LED displays with an amazing 8K resolution for both eyes. There might even be a third display for peripheral vision. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo alleges those lenses might include iris recognition for authentication.

The headset will most certainly be powered by Apple Silicon, one that might even be more powerful than the current M1. Of course, having a powerful chip that’s highly energy efficient would be perfect for a wearable. Hopefully, Apple can work out the rumored overheating issues.

Looks like #Apple just accidentally confirmed #RealityOS. 🥽

Whoops!https://t.co/IEowqdVcf2 pic.twitter.com/LsNRRalGld

— matthewdavis.eth (@IAmMatthewDavis) February 9, 2022

The operating system powering the headset, realityOS, has been seen a number of times in Apple code. Developer Matthew Davis apparently found references to “realityOS” on an Apple GitHub page.

While this will be Apple’s first foray into virtual and augmented reality, other companies like Meta have much experience. Meta’s Project Cambria is aiming to eventually replace a laptop and work setup.

However, despite the complete dominance of the Meta Quest 2, Apple may be one of the few companies that can truly challenge (and surpass) Meta.

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Apple’s New AR Headset Will Track Hand Gestures Via Face ID

Apple has an augmented reality (AR) headset in the works, and a well-known analyst now predicts that it will use Face ID to track hand movements.

The upcoming headset is said to be equipped with more 3D sensing modules than iPhones and, according to the report, may one day replace iPhones altogether.

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The information comes from a note for investors prepared by Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected analyst, which was then shared by MacRumors. In his report, he elaborates on the kind of performance and features we can expect from the upcoming Apple AR/MR (augmented reality/mixed reality) headset.

According to Kuo, the new headsets will feature four sets of 3D sensors as opposed to the one to two sets currently offered by the latest iPhones. The use of extra sensors opens up the headset to a whole lot of new capabilities, extending the realism of the user experience.

The sensors used in the new Apple headset rely on structured light to detect motion and actions. Kuo predicts that this will make it possible for the headset to track not just the position of the user, but also the hands of the user and other people, objects in front of the user, and lastly, detailed changes in hand movements.

Kuo compared the headset’s ability to track small hand movements to the way Apple’s Face ID is capable of tracking changes in facial expressions. Being able to detect small hand and finger movements allows for a more intuitive user interface that doesn’t take away from the realism of using an AR/MR headset.

Apple VR Headset Concept by Antonio De Rosa.
Apple VR Headset Concept Antonio De Rosa

Both the iPhone and the yet unnamed Apple headset rely on structured light, but the headset needs to be more powerful than the iPhone in order to offer proper hand movement detection. Kuo notes that this means that the structured light power consumption of the AR/MR headset is higher.

“We predict that the detection distance of Apple’s AR/MR headset with structured light is 100% to 200% farther than the detection distance of the iPhone Face ID. To increase the field of view for gesture detection, we predict that the Apple AR/MR headset will be equipped with three sets of ToFs (time of flight) to detect hand movement trajectories with low latency requirements,” said Ming-Chi Kuo in his investor note.

Kuo believes that Apple may one day wish to replace the iPhone with the AR headset, although that won’t happen anytime soon. He predicts that in the next 10 years, headsets may very well replace existing electronics with displays.

With the added hand gesture tracking, the new Apple headset may offer an immersive user experience. As rumors suggest that Apple may be looking to join Meta and other companies in expanding toward the metaverse, it’s possible that this headset might be the first step toward just that.

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Best Black Friday Gaming Headset Deals 2021: Cheapest Prices

If you’re interested in improving the audio of your gaming setup, you’ve probably been looking for Black Friday gaming headset deals. Fortunately, many retailers like Best Buy and Amazon have dropped the prices on the best Black Friday gaming headset deals early so their customers can get amazing discounts before the Black Friday rush.

The most popular gaming headsets from brands like HyperX, Logitech, and Razer are already getting heavily discounted. That’s why you should consider getting the best Black Friday deals on gaming headphones as early as now. That way, you don’t risk these items going out of stock or dealing with the shipping delays that always happen around this time of the year.

Best Black Friday gaming headset deals 2021

  • JBL Quantum 100 — $30,was $40
  • Razer BlackShark V2 X — $40,was $60
  • Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset — $70,was $100
  • HyperX Cloud II — $80, was $100
  • Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless — $121,was $150

JBL Quantum 100 — $30, was $40

Why Buy: 

  • Top-tier gaming performance and accuracy for the price point
  • Detachable microphone with echo-canceling technology that eliminates background noise
  • Wired connection provides broad compatibility with gaming PCs and consoles
  • Memory-foam ear cushions that provide fantastic comfort for extended sessions

There’s no better way to get a top-tier gaming audio experience on a budget than with the JBL Quantum 100. This headset provides phenomenal compatibility across gaming platforms, thanks to the classic 3.5mm connection that lets it sync up with all devices, from PCs and Macs to the best video game consoles such as the PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X. This device has excellent audio quality for its price point, thanks to JBL’s Quantum Sound Signature, a calibration done to provide the most accurate audio experience. This means that if you play many games that rely on listening for small environmental cues, like footsteps and weapons, you’ll have a competitive edge without breaking the bank.

Another thoughtful feature specifically for gamers is the boom microphone with echo canceling technology. Your teammates will appreciate how crystal clear your voice sounds when you’re giving commands and instructions to them, even if you play games in a room with a noisy heater. The mic is also detachable, so if you’re playing a game without voice chat, such as an RPG or adventure title, you can easily take it off for maximum comfort. Speaking of comfort, the memory foam ear cushions are easy on the ears and covered in soft PU leather. Whether you’re gaming for one hour or days on end, you’ll be able to keep it on without strain or discomfort. This headset is also available in three colors — blue, white, and black — so pick whichever matches best with your gaming setup’s aesthetic.

Razer BlackShark V2 X — $40, was $60

Razer Blackshark V2X displayed on a woman.

Why Buy: 

  • Specialized audio drivers that provide top-end audio performance for gaming and general listening
  • Passive noise isolation that helps you maintain concentration on your game
  • 7.1 surround sound that lets you pinpoint your enemies and teammates
  • Lightweight design and thick headband padding for comfort

When we named the Razer BlackShark V2 X one of the best PS5 headsets of 2021, we praised it for its excellent feature-set for its price. Every competitive gamer knows that it’s crucial to hear everything happening in the game and in which direction it’s coming from. That’s why the Razer BlackShark V2 X is one of the rare gaming headsets in its price point with 7.1 surround sound. If you’re using these headphones with a compatible version of Windows, you’ll have unbeatable positional awareness of your surroundings. You’ll hear where every sound is coming from, so you can be prepared for ambush attacks and tighten your strategy. On top of that, this headset is equipped with Razer TriForce 50mm drivers, a proprietary design that makes audio remarkably clear. Whether you’re listening to a game’s soundtrack or watching your favorite Twitch streamer, you’ll find these headphones a pleasure to use.

Are your neighbors disrupting your gaming sessions because of their endless noise? Or maybe your gaming PC has to drastically ramp up the fan speeds to keep up with your intense play. Fortunately, the BlackShark V2 X has a fantastic solution for that. Their closed earcups and tight seal provide impressive passive noise cancellation, so you won’t hear anything happening around you. The bendable microphone is also designed for excellent voice capture, with an enhanced pickup pattern that helps your teammates hear your voice. Despite being packed with features, this headset is remarkably light at just 240g. Coupled with the memory foam ear cushions, you can keep the BlackShark V2 X on your head for hours on end without feeling cramped.

Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset — $70, was $100

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Why Buy: 

  • USB DAC connection provides a superior virtual surround sound experience
  • Flexible connectivity options through both USB and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Discord-certified retractable boom microphone with clear audio capture
  • Comfort-fit earpads with a hybrid of memory foam, sports fabric, and leatherette

The Alienware 7.1 AW510H is one of the most versatile gaming headsets you can buy at this price point. Not only does it have a USB DAC connector built-in that allows it to provide a superior surround-sound experience, but you can also plug it in through a 3.5mm jack. That means this device is compatible with all the gaming consoles, including the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even your smartphone! Swapping between connections is as easy as switching cables and connectors. They even include a Y-splitter; if your PC has a separate mic and headphone jacks, you can easily plug this device into both ports. The included boom microphone has active noise cancellation and is Discord-certified for gaming performance.

The 7.1 surround sound is by no means a gimmick either; as you can tell from the name, these headphones are built with 7.1 immersive audio in mind. They’re equipped with custom-tuned drivers and Alienware’s Immersive Audio technology that ensures you hear everything happening on the battlefield. This helps you in competitive games, so you can easily hear your enemies even if they’re a good distance away. You’ll also enjoy these while playing the best PC games of 2021 as they’ll give you complete immersion in your environment, whether you’re in a dangerous jungle or a bustling city. If you install Alienware’s Command Center, you’ll get access to even more features such as 3.5mm stereo support, an in-depth equalizer, and a host of additional settings for your sound output and input.

HyperX Cloud II — $80, was $100

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset displayed on a white background.

Why Buy: 

  • Audio control box for surround sound toggle and independent volume controls
  • 53mm drivers that provide fantastic audio performance for gaming, music, and movies
  • Digital noise cancellation and echo cancellation on a detachable microphone
  • Tough aluminum frame that offers incredible longevity for hardcore gamers

When discussing the best value gaming headphones, it’s impossible not to bring up the HyperX Cloud II. This is one of the most popular gaming headphones on Amazon for many reasons, not least of which is its fantastic build quality for the price. In fact, in our Logitech G435 review, a HyperX Cloud competitor, we mentioned that the Cloud II offers much better build quality. It’s built with a solid aluminum frame that can withstand many years of daily gaming, and trust us: you’ll want to game every day when you’re wearing it. It’s designed to perform exceptionally well with 7.1 virtual surround sound, so you get excellent precision audio to take your immersion to the next level. When you connect it via USB, you can also use the unique audio control box that lets you toggle the surround sound on and off at the click of a button, along with independent sound and mic volume controls that come in handy in the middle of a game.

It’s also no slouch for audio quality thanks to its 53mm drivers that balanced and bassy audio, no matter what game you’re playing. If you find yourself hopping on voice chat a lot, this headset also has one of the best detachable microphones in its class. When used with the control box, you can enable digital noise-cancellation, echo cancellation, and automatic gain control, ensuring that you sound crystal clear to anyone listening. It’s so great that it could easily double as a microphone for work when you’re not gaming. The Cloud II is also remarkably comfortable because of memory foam earpads and a soft headband. You can also switch the earcups depending on your preferred sound profile, comfort level, and texture.

Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless — $121, was $150

Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless headphones displayed on a white background.

Why Buy: 

  • Customizable RGB lighting through Lightsync RGB coupled with exceptional aesthetics
  • 20-meter wireless range and stable audio transmission through Logitech Lightspeed standard
  • Up to 29 hours of battery life on a single charge and rechargeable via USB-C
  • PRO-G audio drivers that deliver exceptional surround sound and DTS surround-sound compatibility

While wired gaming headsets are great, they’re not always optimal for your setup. Maybe your couch is too far from your console, or you’re a PC gamer who wants to keep their gaming space as wire-free as possible. If that sounds like you, definitely check out the Logitech G733 Lightspeed Wireless gaming headset. This headset is an improved version of the already-great Logitech G533, which we named one of the best gaming headsets for 2021. Logitech has long been the leader in making excellent wireless devices, and this headset is no different. The G733 Lightspeed has a 20-meter wireless range, pitch-perfect audio transmission, and can last for up to 29 hours on a single charge. These are comfortable to wear for the entire day, thanks to dual-layer memory foam earpads and a soft headband that reduces stress on your head. Even better, it only weighs 278 grams, which is remarkably light for wireless headphones with this much power.

Even when compared to wired headsets at this price point, these perform remarkably well. These are tuned with Logitech’s PRO-G drivers that produce a clear, balanced sound and reduce distortion for maximum immersion, which couples well with the physical volume wheel on the device. They’re also equipped with DTS Headphone:X surround sound, compatible with a wide array of popular triple-A and competitive games. The 6mm removable mic also has automatic digital processing that makes your voice clearer and can be customized further with the G HUB software on your PC. But what stands out the most about this headset is the look of it. You can customize the front-facing lighting effects with Lightsync RGB and make it perfectly synced with the rest of your system. If you want to add more flair, you can even swap out the straps on the headbands or switch the mic boom covers with additional peripherals.

Should you shop Black Friday TV deals now?

If you find the perfect Black Friday gaming headset deals now, you should absolutely buy them right now. There’s no time to waste! Every year, retailers face massive supply chain issues on Black Friday, and this year will be no different. If you wait until the day itself, the deals you’re looking for might be out of stock even before you manage to log into the Best Buy or Amazon website. It could also take weeks for your order to ship, which is not ideal if you’re trying to give one of these headsets as a holiday gift for a loved one.

Think of it this way: while thousands of people will be frantically trying to add Black Friday gaming headset deals to their cart, you’ll be at home defeating your enemies and having a fantastic gaming experience. You don’t want to wait, especially because most retailers are already offering these Black Friday gaming headset deals at rock-bottom prices. The longer you wait, the more likely these items will get sold out this holiday season. If you have your eye on one of the gaming headsets we listed above, pick them up right now.

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Apple’s mixed reality headset might play ‘high-quality’ VR games

Apple’s rumored mixed reality headset may be a boon for VR gaming. In his most recent newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman claimed Apple is aiming for a headset that can handle “high-quality” VR games with both fast chips and high-res displays. While it’s not certain just what chips would be involved, a previous leak mentioned a possible 8K resolution per eye — Apple might not expect games to run at that resolution, but it would hint at serious processing power.

The headset is still poised to arrive “as early as” 2022, Gurman said. He also suggested Apple would eventually follow up the mixed headset with an augmented-reality-only model, but that was “years down the road.”

However accurate the claim might be, it’s doubtful the mixed reality headset would be meant primarily for gaming The price (rumored to be as high as $3,000) might relegate it to developers and other pros. It wouldn’t be a rival to the $299 Quest 2, then. Instead, the report suggests Apple might use this initial headset to pave the way for more affordable wearables where gaming is more realistic.

It’s safe to presume Apple is committed to a headset, no matter the end result. Apple has acquired companies and reportedly shuffled executives with mixed reality in mind. This wouldn’t just be a side project for the company, even if the mixed reality tech could take years to reach the mainstream. Gaming might play a pivotal role if Apple intends to reach a wider audience.

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This Logitech G432 Gaming Headset is Only $50 Today

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Gamers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to expand their arsenal with this year’s best Black Friday deals. If you’re planning to buy a new gaming headset but you don’t want to wait any longer, you can take advantage of the early Walmart Black Friday deals for an immediate upgrade. These deals include a $30 discount for the Logitech G432 gaming headset, which brings its price down to $50 from its original price of $80.

Logitech is a fixture in Digital Trends’ best gaming headsets, so you know you’ll be getting a high-quality gaming headset if you buy the Logitech G432. It’s a wired headset that’s compatible with the PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, so you can keep using it if you own more than one gaming platform. The headset also features an upgraded microphone that makes your voice very clear to your teammates, and you can flip the microphone back into the Logitech 432’s body when you’re done playing or when you want to mute it.

The Logitech G432 comes with improved 50mm drivers with DTS: Headphone X 2.0 surround sound for an immersive audio experience, whether you’re engaging in single-player games or playing in online multiplayer modes. You can even personalize the gaming headset through Logitech’s G Hub, a software interface that lets you customize sound profiles, RGB lighting using Lightsync, and G-Key programming.

For a reliable gaming headset, the Logitech G432 is a solid choice. It’s an even more attractive option because it’s $30 off from Walmart, making it even more affordable at just $50, from its original price of $50. It’s unclear how long the deal will last though, so if you’re already looking forward to playing games while wearing the Logitech G432 gaming headset, you should click that Buy Now button while the offer is still available.

More gaming headset deals

You won’t be disappointed if you take advantage of Walmart’s offer for the Logitech G432 gaming headset. However, if you want to take a look at other options before you make your purchase, we’ve got your back. Here are some of the best gaming headset deals that you can shop right now, across different retailers.


Razer’s Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset provides audio realism so that you are fully immersed in your game while the noise-canceling microphone makes for crystal clear communication.

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Master & Dynamic put its headphone expertise into a $450 gaming headset

Master & Dynamic has staked its name on its mix of refined design, premium materials and crisp, clear audio quality. The company has a number of models under its belt, including wired, wireless and noise-cancelling headphones, in addition to true wireless earbuds and a concrete speaker. Now M&D is venturing into uncharted sonic territory: gaming headsets. With the MG20, the company has built a set of “wireless gaming headphones” with its trademark design and a range of handy features for a whopping $449 (€449/£429). 

The MG20 has a familiar look to the company’s over-ear headphones, with some simplified design choices. This gaming headset doesn’t have quite as many varying textures as some of M&D’s other products, for example. This time around, the company opted for a combo of aluminum, magnesium, lambskin leather and Alcantara. There’s a detachable boom mic for gaming sessions and the MG20 also has microphones for calls when you’re using them as a set of headphones. The headphones also have a semi-open back design for a wider sound stage and more natural audio quality. 

Inside, 50mm drivers power 7.1 surround sound with support for aptX HD for music and aptX Low-Latency for mobile gaming. With the debut of the MG20, M&D has added EQ presets to it’s headphone app for the first time, allowing users to select a sound profile to fit their needs. What’s more, independent volume controls for game audio offer another degree of customization. A low-latency USB adapter is compatible with both PlayStation and PC and offers easy switching between devices. Master & Dynamic says the MG20 will last for up to 22 hours on a charge, and thanks to wear detection, the headphones can save battery life when you’re not wearing them. 

The MG20 will be available in black and white color options starting November 16th.

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