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Turtle Beach announces new line of PlayStation 4 headsets coming this Fall

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Turtle Beach today announced a brand new line up of PlayStation 4 headsets coming to market this Fall. The new headsets will be compatible for Sony PlayStation 4. Turtle Beach will provide a preview of these headsets at E3 this upcoming week.

Turtle Beach has revealed three new headsets, alongside a new Audio Controller.

Here’s the three new headsets announced:

  • Ear Force Elite 800 sets a new standard for premium wireless gaming headsets. 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. MSRP: $299.95

  • 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. MSRP: $99.95 

  • Ear Force P12 amplified stereo gaming headset, which provides high-quality digital game and chat audio through a single USB connection for the PlayStation®4. MSRP: $59.95

Full Press Release:

Turtle Beach Brings New Line of Feature-Reach PlayStation®4 Headsets to E3

The First DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound Gaming Headsets for the PS4TM 

New Elite 800 and Stealth 400 Feature Fully Wireless Chat and Game Audio

New Tournament Audio Controller for Professional Gamers

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, June 8, 2014 — Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced new gaming headsets designed for the popular PlayStation®4 console. The new headsets, which will be available in stores in the Fall of 2014, will be on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles at Booth #1447 in the South Hall from June 10 to 12. Turtle Beach is the gaming audio brand of Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR).

“Turtle Beach is taking audio for the PlayStation®4 to a new level,” said Juergen Stark, Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Beach Corporation. “With features like DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound, active noise cancellation, and our new Tournament Audio Controller, it is a whole new game for PlayStation console owners.” 

The all new Ear Force Elite 800 sets a new standard for premium wireless gaming headsets. 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. For example, the game surround sound mode offers presets that have been acoustically tuned for first person shooter, racing, and sports games. Presets can be customized and managed using a new mobile app. Use Bluetooth to connect a mobile device for phone calls, music and more. 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. Available in the Fall of 2014, the Elite 800 has a US MSRP of $299.95. 

The Ear Force Elite Tournament Audio Controller provides precise, fingertip control over audio so players can adjust their audio mix to match 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 Fall of 2014 and integrated into future tournament gaming headset systems.

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 4 distinct surround sound presets for games, movies and music.  The built-in ‘charge-and-play’ 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. Available in the Fall of 2014, the Stealth 400 has a US MSRP of $99.95.

Also showcased at E3 is the Ear Force P12 amplified stereo gaming headset, which 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 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. Available globally on July 10, the Ear Force P12 has a US MSRP of $59.95.

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.” 

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Apex Legends War Games trailer hints at huge Lifeline change

The new Apex Legends War Games event trailer may have hinted at a future Lifeline change that may potentially cause controversy.

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Apex Legends Lifeline nerf

Ever since the drone revive update for Lifeline in Season 5, players have been calling for her to be nerfed. It seems the new War Games trailer has hinted at a possible change to her kit.

On April 8th, Respawn Entertainment released the trailer for their highly anticipated mini-event, War Games. Not only does this update mean new skins and LTMs, but also a new patch with, of course, meta changes.

Apex Legends developers have admitted to the struggle of balancing Lifeline before, and have even stated that they would like to try a version of Lifeline “without the shield”.

Lifeline Drone Revive

Lifeline was originally one of the characters with the highest win rate in the game due to her passive ability to heal herself quicker than any other Legend.

However, since this passive was removed and replaced by her drone revive, she has become even stronger in the role of support; not just keeping herself alive but also effortlessly reviving her teammates.

In the trailer for War Games, it seems Lifeline’s drone revive remains. However, this time she doesn’t have the protective shield that many have been calling for to be removed.

It seems they will be finally trying out this new change to Lifeline, which could also potentially lead to further changes surrounding the Low Profile passive.

In another recent discussion with the developers, players also found out that Season 8 Legend, Fuse, had the worst win rate of all characters. Perhaps, this Lifeline change will be a part of some larger patch notes which could see less meta characters such as Rampart and Fuse getting changes to their abilities.

Apex Legends is a battle royale that seems to be constantly evolving, with talk of adding more game modes in the future. Although there was some backlash towards the War Games event, with players worried it will ruin the battle royale experience, these new modes draw players to the game and keep the player base fresh.

If you’re interested in more Apex Legends news, check out this guide for activating a future Season 9 teaser. For more updates on Apex Legends new War Games event and the patch notes that will come with it, stay tuned on Charlie Intel.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends: how to activate the Season 9 Arena teaser

Apex Legends data miners have foudn out how players can activate a new Season 9 teaser. Here’s how to see it for yourself.

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Apex Legends Season 9 Teaser Arena

The most recent leaks from Apex Legends data miners reveal the mystery behind the platform in the Firing Range and how to activate the Season 9 teaser.

After the halfway split for Season 8, players noticed a stranged platform implemented on the left side of the Firing Range map.

For weeks players were unaware of its purpose, but finally, the mystery has been uncovered and is associated with the new upcoming Arena mode.

Season 9 Teaser Arena

Data miner @GarretLeaks was among the few who leaked how players can activate the button found on the Firing Range platform. GarretLeaks has even created a step by step guide of how players can experience the Season 9 Arena teaser:

  • Step 1: Collect keycard from care packages
  • Step 2: Find Holosprays scattered around Kings Canyon
  • Step 3: Find Holosprays scattered around Olympus
  • Step 4: Press the phone in the lobby and listen to the audio
  • Step 5: Press the button on the Firing Range platform and wait for the ship

Along with this, fellow data miner @Biast12 has also released a video showing what happens after activating the button in the Firing Range.

The video shows Biast boarding a ship after activating the button. Biast arrives at a new location where another button awaits, which activates an elevator. This then takes you into a small arena where a massive hollo of future Legend Ash is shown along with a voice line that states, “The Arena awaits.”

This is clearly a teaser for the upcoming 3v3 mode ‘Arena,’ which will be arriving in Season 9. However, this is also a teaser for the future legend, Ash. Although Ash will likely be arriving at a later Season – more like Season 10 – it does confirm that she will be arriving sooner than later.

In fact, it’s not the first time an announcer for a game mode has eventually become a playable Legend. Back in Season 3, the Shadow Fall game mode saw Revenant as the announcer, who later became a playable Legend in Season 4.

Read more: All Unreleased Apex Legends Characters

If this stays true to the format, Ash could be the new Legend for Season 10, after being an announcer for the previous season much like the introduction of Revenant.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends players discover secret Wattson nerf

Wattson’s ultimate ability has a hidden nerf in Apex Legends Season 8, that keeps her from countering Horizon’s attacks.

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Horizon and Wattson in Apex Legends

A hidden nerf has been discovered within Wattson’s ultimate ability in Apex Legends, that keeps it from countering Horizon.

Horizon has made rounds in Apex Legends ever since her arrival in Season 7. She’s one of the strongest characters in the game and has such a high win-rate that the devs nerfed her in Chaos Theory update, with more planned in the future.

However, some pros and streamers feel that she’s too powerful, as it’s extremely difficult to defeat her in combat. Now, a new secret nerf has been found that keeps Wattson from countering Horizon’s moves.

Wattson in Apex Legends

Wattson’s an extremely useful character in the Apex Legends roster, as her Interception Pylon ultimate ability can counter almost anything that enemies throw at her.

This is particularly useful against Horizon’s Black Hole Ultimate, as well as her Gravity Lift. However, a few players have noted that Wattson’s abilities aren’t functioning properly recently, making her weak against the eccentric astrophysicist.

Reddit user mrsirgo posted a clip showcasing this issue in the Apex Legends subreddit. Many other players vented about their own experience with this problem in the comments.

“Definitely died a couple times to this last night,” said one player. “My spouse mains Wattson and I was shocked when a Horizon ult landed right next to the Pylon and a squad was able to push us. Hopefully, the Devs will look into it.”

At the time of writing, the issue isn’t listed on Respawn’s public Trello board, so they might not be aware of the issue yet. Hopefully, they’ll take notice of this, and present a fix for it soon.

We’ll keep checking for any updates on this situation, and will let you know once we learn anything new.

Image Credits: Respawn/EA

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