SteelSeries, ones of the leading competitive gaming peripheral manufacturers have revealed their 2012 CES lineup. The list includes the two headsets, the SteelSeries Flux and the Siberia v2 Frost Blue, as well as a wireless gaming controller, the SteelSeries Ion, and three mice, the Kana, the Kinzu V2 Pro Edition, and the Kinzu V2. Let's take a look at each one after the break.
The SteelSeries Flux is a new on-ear headset that features a compact, customizable design for PC, Mac, and Mobile devices. What's neat about the Flux is that it comes with two input jacks which allow users to choose which side the microphone cable gets plugged in to and the ability for users to plug in another headset in to the device so that multiple users can listen at the same time.
“We work with professional gamers that travel often to tournaments and events, but we also cater to users that want headset compatibility for more than just gaming, which is where the design of the Flux began,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “This headset is meant to be more about the user, versus just another audio option – we brought together color and plate design options with the versatility of being able to plug in and use the audio and microphone with any device. If you play games on your PC, you most likely also listen to music and make calls, and you want a headset that will allow you adapt.”
The Flux will be available in Q2 2012 and as of right now we haven't heard any pricing details.
The Siberia v2 Frost Blue Headset is a new, lightweight over-the-head suspension headset designed with an active noise cancelling microphone. The headset looks super sleek, coming with super-bright blue LED lights glowing through the outer mesh grill on each earcup which can be customized through SteelSeries Engine software.
“The Siberia v2 Frost Blue combine’s incredible sound with a style that is not only recognized, but is an original design that’s been optimized and improved,” said Jacob Wolff-Petersen, SteelSeries Founder. “This headset packs a loud and crisp soundscape with the expected luxury for the user to be able to adjust everything – from illumination options, equalizer settings to creating and assigning profiles for multiple game titles and players, all through the SteelSeries Engine software.”
The Siberia v2 has six different illumination modes which can be assigned to behavior and game specific profiles. The modes include Active Mode (responsive pulsing to sound effects, music, and/or voice), Slow Pulse, Fast Pulse, High Bright, Low Bright and Off.
The Siberia v2 Frost Blue will be available in Q2 2012 and as of right now we haven't heard of any pricing details.
The SteelSeries Ion is a wireless controller that can be used for games on your PC and mobile device. SteelSeries partnered up with Zeemote Technology Inc. to design the device that brings classic control schemes to touch screen devices like tablets and phones. It connects through Bluetooth and can be customized via an app.
“For PC users, the SteelSeries Ion is a convenient alternative, especially if they want something other than their mouse or keyboard as their tool. And for consumers with tablets and Smartphone’s, it really is an ideal accessory” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “Whether you’re sling shooting birds or playing a word game with friends, there are games that are ideal for touch screen. Those types of games however, are not the only games available; there are a number of first-person shooter and RTS games that aren’t downloaded or played as frequently as they could be, because the touch screen doesn’t provide an optimal experience. The SteelSeries Ion provides the advantage for those types of games.”
The Ion is light weight and is about the size of a deck of cards. It features two mini-joysticks, a left side D-pad, one trigger button on each shoulders, and a four-button layout on the right side. All of the buttons can be customized.
The Ion will be available in Q3 and pricing will be relayed closer to its launch.
The SteelSeries Kana is a mouse for gamers designed by gamers. The Kana is available now for $49.99 and features:
- Ambidextrous shape with an optimized 6-button layout
- Tournament grade optical sensor 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second.
- Illuminated scroll wheel with LED intensity options that can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.
- DCPI is 1600-3200
- Two XL-sized side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire
- UPE Teflon mouse feet and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
- Two color and illumination options, White 1.1 and Black 1.1
The Kinzu v2 Pro Edition mouse is for those who don't want anything more than minimal buttons and functionality, according to Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. The Kinzu v2 Pro Edition is available now for $44.99 and features:
SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition features:
- Tournament-grade Omron button switches which are recognized by the industry and the community as reliable, high-end hardware components that deliver „best-in-class? performance and feedback.
- Ambidextrous shape with 4-button layout including the CPI toggle
- Tournament grade optical sensor operating at 3600 Frames Per Second
- Supports stable movement speeds at 65 Inches Per Second.
- UPE Teflon glides and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
- Three color options: Glossy Black, Metallic Silver and Red
The Kinzu v2 is almost identical to the Pro Edition, except it doesn't come with the Tournament-grade Omron button switches. It's available in Rubberized Black, White, Orange, and Yellow for $39.99.
All three of these mice are powered by the SteelSeries Engine and can be fully customized. You can re-program their buttons, set the polling rate, create macros, customize CPI settings, optimize your layout by recording movements and viewing a heat map of button usage and more.
I personally use an older SteelSeries 5Hv2 headset and love it. However, the new Siberia looks really great and I can't wait to see what people are saying from the show floor about the device. Which device out of the SteelSeries CES lineup are you most excited to get your hands on?