A new version of the SteelSeries Arctis 9 wireless gaming headset is available today for $ 199.99. The design and functions are almost exactly the same as those of the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. While the Arctis 9X supports the Xbox One (and is forwards compatible with the Xbox Series S / X), the new Arctis 9 is compatible with the PC and PlayStation 4, with compatibility for the PS5 assured at launch. While the Arctis 9X does not require a dongle to connect to the Xbox, the Arctis 9 requires the included USB receiver, which you can switch from the PC to the PlayStation depending on the platform to which you have connected it.
Otherwise, the new headset has the same claim to a battery life of 20 hours and the ability to be connected wirelessly and bluetooth via 2.4 GHz at the same time ̵
The controls on this new headset are also unchanged. On the back of the left auricle there is an easily accessible chat and game audio mix dial. Unfortunately, this feature can only be used on PCs at this time as Sony currently manages the routing of game and chat audio over USB on its PlayStation consoles. The left ear cup also contains a retractable cantilever microphone.
Everything else is housed on the right auricle. There you will find a 3.5mm jack for wired listening, a micro USB port for charging, buttons to turn on and pair the headset via Bluetooth, a microphone mute button and finally a master volume control.
We’ve seen an increase in gaming headsets from companies that claim to be ready for next-gen consoles. While brands like SteelSeries and Turtle Beach appear to be staying on course of releasing headsets specifically designed for each platform, other options like the Audeze Penrose and Astro A20 Gen 2 can work with either console – so if you have wireless receivers for both the Xbox series S / X and PS5.
I expect even more headsets to hit the market this fall when the consoles are close to launch. So when you are in the market there won’t be a shortage of options to choose from.