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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.” 

Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone October 15 update patch notes: Iron Trials ’84 Trios, new Tac Sprint settings, more

Raven Software has rolled out the Warzone October 15 update patch notes, and they include Iron Trials Trios and a change to Tactical Sprint.

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The Warzone October 15 update patch notes have officially arrived, and they are bringing Iron Trials ’84 Trios to the Call of Duty battle royale and a major accessibility change when it comes to available settings for Tactical Sprint.

Warzone Season 6 has brought plenty of changes to the Call of Duty battle royale, such as significant map changes, the M1 Garand and STG44 weapons from Call of Duty: Vanguard, and more.

However, Raven Software is still updating the popular game, with the Warzone October 15 update patch notes being the latest set of changes for the fan-favorite Call of Duty game.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone October 15 update patch notes.

Warzone October 15 update patch notes Iron Trials '84 Trios logo

Warzone October 15 update patch notes

Weekend-Exclusive Playlist – Iron Trials ‘84 Trios

Last weekend, we let you pick your 3 best squad mates. This weekend, you only choose 2. Time to decide who made the cut!

This Weekend-Exclusive Playlist went live earlier today at 10 AM PST and will remain live through Monday, October 11th, at 10 AM PST.


Adjustments:

The same changes that were implemented for Quads last week will be applied to the Trios version of Iron Trials ‘84.

Below is a recap:

  • Buy Station
    • Specialist Token has been removed.
  • Equipment
    • Medical Syringe now heals 25% faster.
  • Gulag
    • Loadouts have been updated.
    • Loadout primary Weapon Attachments increased from 2 to 3.
  • Loot
    • Specialist Token now drops on death.
    • Classified Weapons have been updated.
    • Foresight has been added as an exceedingly rare drop.
  • Player
    • Base health regen speed has been increased.
  • Vehicles
    • Tac Rovers have been enabled.
  • Weapons
    • Sniper Rifle headshot down distance increased to 50 meters.
    • Sniper Rifle headshot damage beyond 50 meters has been increased from 300 to 325.

Accessibility

Warzone tactical Sprint Accessibility settings
  • Tactical Sprint
    • Tactical Sprint allows players to eliminate the need for a double tap on analog sticks. This option is intended to support Fine Motor Accessibility. This menu option is located within the Controller tab of the Options and Accessibility Options menu.
    • The setting has 3 options:
      • Double Tap: Double tap to Tactical Sprint (default)
      • Single Tap from Sprint: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while sprinting
      • Single Tap from Run: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while running

We want players to be able to use Tactical Sprint strategically without the need to choose between Auto Tac Sprint and the physical pain associated with repeated quick presses of the left / right analog sticks. The option to Single Tap from Run gives players the ability to use a single button press to go from basic speed to Tactical Sprint. The Single Tap from Sprint option allows players to opt to use a single button press to go from Run to Sprint, and then another single button press to go from Sprint to Tactical Sprint. Each of the available choices allow players to customize their button functionality and balance that against individual gameplay style and noise associated with player movement. 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing Custom Weapon Modifications to lock Players out of the Armory.
  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect text to appear for the Unlock Criteria text on locked Attachments.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players returning from the Gulag to be incorrectly kicked from a live match for “being AFK”.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to get kicked out of the Look For Party menu when selecting the Start Looking For Party button.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to occasionally experience a client crash while modifying Loadouts during a live match.

Source: Raven Software

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies will feature fan-favorite World at War Zombies map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies’ latest reveal trailer may have hinted at a fan-favorite World at War map returning to the mode.

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The latest news on Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies revealed some exciting developments for a fan-favorite World at War map potentially returning.

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t too far away now, and players are beginning to get more information about its release, such as the new anti-cheat system and map when it is integrated into Warzone.

As we edge closer, it seems the developers have decided the time was right to release a new trailer for Vanguard’s Zombies mode in the spirit of Halloween.

The trailer didn’t just reveal information and details about the story direction, it also hinted at a fan-favorite map returning.

Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies artwork

Vanguard Zombies will launch with a new mode called “Der Anfang,” which is said to combine the classic round-based format with features seen in Black Ops Cold War‘s Zombies and some new innovative mechanics that haven’t been seen before in Zombies.

As we know, the mode will be created by Treyarch, but in the Vanguard/Modern Warfare engine, and it will carry on the Dark Aether storyline introduced in Cold War.

During the trailer, it’s clear that players will be going through rifts and traveling across various maps to complete challenges.

One of the maps the players in the trailer travel to is a classic from World at War, Shi No Numa.

shi no numa in vanguard zombies trailer

In Der Anfang, not only will players be battling hoards of Zombies in areas exclusive to Vanguard, but also the swamps of Shi No Numa, and who knows, maybe even more classic Zombies maps.

Shi No Numa is a great Zombies map to bring back into the Zombies mode for Call of Duty, allowing those new players to experience a classic map and giving those dedicated fans a nostalgia trip.

This particular map was one of the first that helped put Call of Duty Zombies on the map and become the global success it has been over the years, with Vanguard taking the franchise back to World War II and Treyarch leading the development of the game’s Zombies mode. Shi No Numa is a perfect choice for incorporating classic areas into the franchise’s latest game.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, make sure you check out our piece on Warzone players being mad about the STG44’s visual recoil in Warzone Season 6.

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Call of Duty RICOCHET anti-cheat to introduce trusted matchmaking for Warzone & Vanguard

Raven Software and Activision recently revealed more details about the new Warzone anti-cheat, which include plans for trusted matchmaking.

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New information regarding Warzone’s RICOCHET anti-cheat has revealed plans to introduce trusted matchmaking.

Warzone‘s new anti-cheat system called RICOCHET has been trending a lot recently since more information was revealed.

Popular Warzone YouTuber’s and streamers were invited to a briefing of Raven Software and Activision’s, which provided new details about RICOCHET.

One of these new details is about trusted matchmaking, which could drastically improve player experience.

ricochet anti-cheat

RICOCHET is set to land in Call of Duty: Warzone once the game has integrated with Vanguard, which releases November 5.

Cheaters and hackers in Warzone have been a severe problem for some time now, with some famous Warzone players like NICKMERCS even leaving for Apex Legends because of it.

The fact that players now have a new anti-cheat to look forward to is excellent, especially as RICOCHET is promising, as it looks to stop as many cheaters and hackers as possible.

RICOCHET anti-cheat trusted matchmaking

One of the RICOCHET anti-cheat features revealed by the developers is called trusted matchmaking, which will potentially reduce the number of hackers in legitimate players’ games drastically.

Trusted matchmaking is RICOCHET collecting data from players and placing them in “trusted” and “untrusted” player pools. If this works, this will place hackers in lobbies with other hackers and legitimate players with those alike.

Further, Activision has also confirmed that even if players are in the “trusted” pool, they will still be monitored and moved to “untrusted” if there’s any suspicious activity, as no player will be immune to the anti-cheats initiatives.

There is plenty of hope in the Call of Duty community that features like trusted matchmaking will allow the RICOCHET anti-cheat system to make hacking extremely difficult for cheaters in Warzone and Vanguard, and while it will never be 100% effective should make the appearance of hackers in lobbies much rarer than currently.

That’s all for the trusted matchmaking in Warzone’s upcoming RICOCHET anti-cheat in what is one of the system’s exciting features to combat hackers.

For more Call of Duty, check out the weapon FaZe Swagg believes can replace every SMG in Warzone Season 6 and what Activision had to say regarding RICOCHET’s ability to combat players using Cronus controllers.

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