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Better late than never, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here and promising deals galore throughout October 13 and 14. This deep discount on the SteelSeries Arctis Pro and GameDAC gaming headset is the perfect example. You can enjoy a 44% price cut on our pick for the best wired gaming headset currently available.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro and GameDAC headset is a powerful all-in-one solution that supports surround sound and hi-res music, but also boasts a retractable microphone for in-game chat. It’s well designed, comfortable to wear for hours at a time, and perfect for use with your PC or PS4. The headset can also plug directly into an Xbox One controller, and, while the GameDAC accessory doesn’t officially support the Xbox One, we were able to find a workaround.
Following last month’s Arctis 9 launch, SteelSeries is adding a couple of new flavors to its 2020 wireless headset lineup, the Xbox and PC-compatible Arctis 7X, and the PS4 and PS5-compatible 7P. Actually, the 7X is compatible with all platforms — Xbox (through Series X and S), PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation (through PS5) — while the 7P won’t work on an Xbox.
It all comes down to the size of your dongle. The 2.4GHz USB-C wireless dongle for the Xbox is bigger than the PlayStation’s, and it has a switch to pop between PC and Xbox modes. It’s the same dongle that’s used by the budget Arctis 1, which launched about a year ago. Both headsets are the same as the PC-only Arctis 7, except for the USB-C connection and slightly enhanced battery life — up to 24 hours rather than 20.
SteelSeries has dropped the “X” from its Xbox-intended Arctis 9X wireless gaming headset, simply calling its PC and PlayStation-compatible model the Arctis 9. Like the 9X, the 9 supports simultaneous Bluetooth and 2.4GHz connections, though they have to be with separate devices, like talking on the phone while gaming on a computer. You can also use it wired through USB. Its pucklike dongle has an analog 3.5mm input for game audio and a line out to the headset. It costs $200, which converts to about £160 or AU$280.
In all other respects it’s the same, with a suspension and steel-reinforced headband, Discord-certified noise-cancelling retractable microphone and support for DTS Headphone:X v2.0 and Windows Spatial audio.