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Steelseries’ Latest Gaming Headsets Add USB-C and Oculus Support

The SteelSeries Arctis 7+

Steelseries is one of the best and brightest brands in gaming audio, but I’ve spent the last two years avoiding its popular Arctis headsets because … well, Micro USB is stupid and terrible. That said, I’m ready to give the new Arctis 7+ and 7P+ a shot, as they’re the first SteelSeries headsets equipped with USB-C ports and a ton of other much-needed features.

Both the Arctis 7+ and 7P+ cost $170, just $20 more than the original Arctis 7. But that $20 gets you a ton of precious improvements. There’s the USB-C charging port, of course, but there’s also a larger 30-hour battery (up from 24 hours) and a 15-minute fast charging capability that scores you three hours of playtime.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+'s USB-C port.

Not only that, but the new Arctis 7+ and 7P+ offer Oculus Quest 2 support, and they can connect to any device over USB-C cable. The new headsets even come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, in case you want to plug into a device’s headphone jack. (The new Arctis headsets have a 3.5mm jack, but for whatever reason, it only exists to daisy-chain SteelSeries products together.)

So wait, what’s the difference between the Arctis 7+ and 7P+? Both headsets cost $170, but they have different control dials. The dial on the Arctis 7+ adjusts your game and chat audio mix, while the dial on the Arctis 7P+ adjusts your microphone monitoring level. (I’d say that the Arctis 7+ is better for online gaming, while the Arctis 7P+ may be better suited for streamers.)

SteelSeries Arctis 7+

The new SteelSeries Arctis 7+ features USB-C charging, Oculus Quest 2 compatibility, and a dial that adjusts your game and chat audio mix. Grab it now for $170.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P+

The new SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ offers all the same features as the Arctis 7+, but its control dial adjusts your microphone monitoring level. Order it now for $170.

Source: SteelSeries (1, 2) via The Verge

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