Mad Catz Launches Tritton 720+ 7.1 Surround Headset For PC

It was over a year ago that we took a look at the Tritton 720+ headset and while it was a while ago, I remember it was an absolutely stunning piece of tech. Mad Catz know a fair bit about making a great headset, and they’ve proven it time and time again with hit after hit, and while the 720+ my be a little older now, it’s still one of the best on the market, and now it’s available for PC users, not just for consoles.

Featuring powerful 7.1 surround sound, the headset is equipped with extra features such as Dolby headphone Technology and its fully plug-and-play compatible. The 720 + brings Tritton’s surround sound hardware to the competitive PC gamer.

Connecting directly to the USB port, without the need for additional power, setup is simple making the 720 + highly portable and ideal for tournament play. In addition, the in-line controls can be easily detached at any time, revealing a 3.5mm jack, allowing connection to a wide variety of mobile and smart devices. Gaming at the PC may be great, but being able to hook the headset up to your iPad or Tablet means you can kick back and relax, and not have a need for multiple headsets to play on other devices.

“We believe the combination of excellent sound quality and simplified connection will make the 720 + an extremely appealing proposition for passionate PC gamers.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “With quality, accurate sound so important to competitive gaming, we believe that the 720 + will allow us to grow our market share in the PC audio category.”

A simple button press on the 720 + initiates Dolby Headphone technology, providing 7.1 surround sound to enhance directional awareness and create a detailed, spacious 3D audio landscape. When listening to stereo audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing will up-mix sound to create a highly authentic 7.1 channel effect. In addition, the 720 + features Selectable Voice Monitoring (SVM) which allows gamers to hear their own voice through the headset should they choose. I found this effect to be a little disorientating at first, but its certainly beneficial when you’ve got the game audio cranked up a little high.

Thank you Mad Catz for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Mad Catz.

Rumour: Next Xbox To Be Called Infinity

This rumour has been going around for quite some time now, in fact I had heard the name Xbox Infinity almost two years ago now and it was the codename I had heard before we even know what a “Durango” was. Sources are saying that Microsoft has finally settled ona name they like for the new Xbox and I’ll give you a tip, it’s not going to be Xbox 720, that would be stupid.

The working codename for the Xbox has always been Durango, or at least that what the development kits have been called, Xbox Infinity could again be another codename, perhaps the working title for the final hardware, used through the manufacturing process and testing phases, but there is always a chance that the people in marketing have come up with something catchier and better, which if I am honest, I hope they have, because calling it Xbox Infinity is pretty stupid too. Yet the logo of the Xbox logo and the ∞ symbol keep resurfacing and there is plenty of industry whisper surrounding the name.

Personally I think Microsoft are going to go for the name “Xbox” and just keep is simple, clean and easy. Yet throughout the whole rumour mill process, this is the one name that has really stuck around and the old adage of “there is no smoke without fire” spring to mind,

What do you think the new Xbox name will be, more importantly do you even care?

Rumour: Always-Online Xbox Rumour Killed By Internal Microsoft Memo!

A rumour to kill a rumour, always an exciting and difficult way to start any news article! Yet that seems to be exactly what we have to deal with today. But with sources like these, this one is too hard to to ignore.

An email has allegedly been sent around to Microsoft’s employees, debunking the rumour that the next generation Xbox will require an always online, or constant internet connection, which to this day I still think was a stupid rumour anyway, given that there is a large portion of the Xbox market that doesn’t have a reliable internet connection, especially so in developing markets, but I digress.

The email in question has been discovered by Ars Technica, who in themselves have been a good source in the past and have a reputation of their own to protect. The email was said to be sent to “all full-time employees working on the next Xbox” and contains the following text:

“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”

So that’s that, but its not conclusive and many have been quick to forget that “online checks” have been prevalent for some time now, yet people fail to realise that they’re already pandering to the cause of big brother with their game purchases. The “online pass” system has been used for games such as Battlefield, Mass Effect and many others and this in its self is an always online DRM, you need the code to play, but the section of the game that requires the code is online multiplayer, where as single player would work without. It stands to reason that developers or more precisely publishers would want a more unified system, much like the serial key system that has been used on the PC for years, but of course, this is just my speculation.

Features such as Apps may require always connected internet, LoveFilm, iPlayer need access, but only when in use. As do many modern games, even blu-ray discs have internet features, so you can take a lot of the original rumour with a pinch of salt because one way or another, next-gen consoles will benefit greatly with an always on connection, but fundamentally, it would be foolish to think Microsoft would stop you from playing your games without an Internet connection, unless the game required it for multiplayer.

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Xbox 720 Always Online Rumour Lives On

Rumors are spreading quickly on what features and functions the next generation of Microsofts Xbox will bring us. One of the things that I found, is that Xbox is likely to require the user to provide a constant internet connection to the device. Though we really will not know for sure until Microsoft lets us know on May 21st. If you do not have an internet connection you will likely either not have some of the features that are available, in a worst case scenario, you wouldn’t be able to use your Xbox at all.

Now I know that not everyone has a fast internet connection, and having a device such as an Xbox hooked up could easily hog all of your bandwidth. Though in most places you’re able to get awesome internet speeds, some folks in more rural areas are still stuck with slow internet speeds, at times as low as 768 Kbps.

If you’re a gamer, you likely have not forgotten about Diablo 3 or much more recently EAs SimCity. Both companies decided to force Always-Online and this has prevented thousands of users from being able to play a game that they have purchased. Though the servers are having minimal issues now, if every game was Always-Online we could potentially have this issue every week when new games are released.

Two years ago Lulzsec took out Playstation, forcing Sony to take down all of their servers and preventing access to the Playstation network. Users were not able to use their Playstations for any Online games for over 3 weeks. If something were to happen to Xboxs servers this same issue could happen to their user base, preventing hundreds of thousands of users worldwide from being able to play their games online, perhaps from even using their console at all.

Of course there will probably be some way to jailbreak your system, but risking terminating your warranty, really probably not worth it. Unless you are a die hard Xbox fan, you might want to go with a PS4, a company who knows better than to make users provide a constant internet connection to their gaming device.

Are you planning on purchasing a Xbox? Do you think that Xbox should force users to be Always-Online? 

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