Turtle Beach is releasing new versions of its Stealth 600 and 700 gaming headsets, improving the 2017 models with a refined design that moves its buttons to a more convenient location while replacing Micro USB charging with a must-have USB-C across the range. . .
The peripheral maker is still breaking down headsets by gaming platform, with a Stealth 600 and 700 for Xbox owners and options designed specifically for PlayStation gamers. Really, the major differences are what they’ve been for a while: the color and the type of connection. For the Stealth 600, you can get a headset that matches the color scheme of either console (or just white if you don’t feel like flaunting your allegiance). And while the PlayStation version relies on a USB wireless receiver, headsets designed for Xbox can connect directly to the console or to a PC if you have an Xbox wireless adapter plugged in.
Turtle Beach says its new headsets will work with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, in addition to current consoles. In the case of the Stealth 600 and 700 Gen 2 designed for PlayStation, the USB wireless adapter allows it to work with Nintendo Switch when the console is connected. However, just to avoid confusion, the previous iteration of Turtle Beach headsets will work the same with new technology. You just won’t get the convenient USB-C charging and the other tweaks it brings.
Speaking of which, the biggest change that will impact the way you use these headsets has to do with the controls. The offer is the same (except for the USB-C port), but everything has been moved around the edge of the left ear cup. Visually, the button layout of the new headsets is an improvement over previous iterations, which had buttons strewn all around the headset.
But if you’re coming from one of Turtle Beach’s older helmets, it might take a bit of practice to learn the update. The microphone is still a fold-out case that automatically mutes when brought in, but it now fits perfectly into the design of the headset when turned off, effectively hiding it from view. As for the microphone as well, it still has the great controlling effect when used.
If your opinion of the old Stealth helmets was that they weren’t very comfortable, my limited time with the Stealth 600 Gen 2 tells me that your mind probably won’t change. The breathable mesh ear pads feel great and the audio quality is fantastic, but the frame is pressing really hard against my head. Granted, my head may be larger than most, so your results may vary. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 has a metal reinforced headband, so maybe this one will be more durable and more forgiving to wear for long periods of time.
The new Stealth 600 Gen 2 will retail for $ 99.99 and the PlayStation version is releasing today, while the Xbox compatible version will arrive later on September 20. The Stealth 700 will be more expensive at $ 149.99 and release on both platforms on September 20. This price increase will give you an all-black design with plush leather-like ear pads and the ability to connect to devices via Bluetooth in addition to your gaming source, so you can listen to more than just your audio in the game while you are playing.