Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, having had many years experience catering to both the budget friendly and enthusiast ends of the gaming audio market, as well as everything else in-between. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see their new special edition Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset on my desk. Given the seemingly endless success of the Star Wars franchise, a colossal pile of official merchandise following the new movie was to be expected, but a gaming headset certainly stands out as the obvious addition to that. With Battlefront keeping many people sat at their gaming system of choice and the fact that you can wear a headset that has a heavily inspired design from the movies, it just seems like something a Star Wars fan would want in their collection.

“The Turtle Beach® Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset features a unique design inspired by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance. Engage in battle with full-range audio delivered through 40mm Neodymium speakers, and call for reinforcements using the high-sensitivity boom mic which provides crystal-clear chat. The lightweight design provides hours of comfort, and the 3.5mm jack connection is compatible with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac mobile/tablet and portable gaming devices. May the Force be with you!”

Of course, the performance is what we really care about the most, although since this is a special edition, the design is a big factor for this review. The headset appears to be based around the budget end of the Turtle Beach range, and with a £34.99 price tag, that seems to be a safe guess. It looks like a tweaked Recon 50 type design, so I’m eager to hear how it performs overall.

Star Wars Design
The X-Wing Pilot headset design is inspired by the signature orange jumpsuits worn by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance.

Full-Range Audio
Hear Star Wars the way it’s meant to be heard through the X-Wing Pilot’s high-performance 40mm Neodymium speakers that deliver sizzling highs and thundering lows.

Convenient Controls
The X-Wing Pilot’s in-line controls place Mic Mute and Volume conveniently at your fingertips.

Be Heard Loud & Clear
Team-up with friends and chat in online multiplayer games with the X-Wing Pilot’s adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic, which can quickly and easily be removed when listening to music and watching movies.

Lightweight & Comfortable
The X-Wing Pilot features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, ready to provide hours of comfort during those long, marathon gaming sessions.

Versatile
Fans can use the Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset for playing games like Star Wars Battlefront, and also use it to enjoy their favorite movies, music and more.

The packaging is very nicely designed, although with it being Star Wars branded, it’s obvious that Turtle Beach would need to capitalise on this as much as possible. Detailed on the box, we can see that it sports a comfortable fit, removable high-quality microphone and in-line volume controls.

Around the back, more details about the multiformat support, design and the in-line controller; but we’ll take a closer look at all this shortly.

The first thing we find in the box, a detachable boom microphone. It comes with a large foam head as well as a flexible arm that should allow for easy positioning.

Next, we have the headset, which comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable that joins to both ear cups and ends with a 4-pole 3.5mm jack.

On the cable, a small in-line controller. It’s pretty basic, offering a microphone mute switch and a master volume wheel, but that’s all you’ll really need anyway.

EA Tease Star Wars Fans with X-Wing from Battlefront Game

EA and Dice have been teasing a lot of bits from the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game and with the release date being set for November 20th (November 17th in North America), we don’t have to wait that much longer to find out the details for ourselves.

For now we know that the game will have a lot off different game modes from 10 vs 10 deathmatch games and also what appears to be close-quarter combat modes. One thing that everyone wants to have in the upcoming game is space battles, but sadly that mode has so far been denied to be in the making.

This newest teaser, seen below, was posted on Facebook by EA itself and clearly pictures a beautiful rendered X-Wing, but not much more information. The image was posted over the weekend and right away people got excited and started to question whether there would be space battles or not. Official representatives were quick to shoot the new rumour down with replied that still indicate the same, space battles aren’t planned for Star Wars Battlefront, sadly.

So it doesn’t appear as EA and Dice have made a U-turn on this decision, but also didn’t clarify what the X-wing will be used for. It might just be general (and well-known) graphics from the game or it could maybe be a vehicle only mode. We don’t know, but we would surely like to hear what you think EA could tease with this latest image.

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X-Wing Designer Kickstarts New Space Dogfighting Game

The lead designer on the classic LucasArts Star Wars: X-Wing series has launched a Kickstarter for a new space dogfighting game, which looks very much like the spiritual successor to the X-Wing games. David Wessman, whose CV includes Crysis, Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries, Halo 3, and Homefront, on top of the X-Wing games, is launching Starflighter Inc., which Wessman pitches as “World of Tanks meets Counter Strike in space”.

“This is the next great space shooter,” Wessman extols in the project’s Kickstarter video. “This is the next X-Wing. We want to capture that intense, immersive feeling of being in the cockpit.”

Adding to Wessman’s experience is a team that boasts Jack Mamais (Far CryCrysisMechwarrior 2: Mercenaries) and Nate Walpole (Halo 2Halo 3Halo 4, and Elder Scrolls Online) under the banner of Impeller Studios. The studio has been trying to sell the game to publishers since 2013, but has now opted for the crowdfunding model.

“Our hope is that by bringing the game to the Kickstarter community, we can make this dream a reality,” the team wrote on their campaign page. “We spent a lot of time at GDC last year shopping the game around, so we had time to chat in between meetings. Even though we were tired from hours of pitching, one interesting realization emerged from our conversations. The most successful projects we’ve all worked on, both in terms of commercial success and in terms of how we felt about them, were projects that tapped directly into the community.”

Starfighter Inc. has so far raised $39,499 on Kickstarter at the time of writing (and rising every minute, it seems) of its $250,000 pledge goal with 31 days to go.

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.

Kerbal Space Program Trailblazer Builds Astonishing Helicopter Rocket

Innovation tends to be a prerequisite for a successful rocket launch in Kerbal Space Program, but YouTube user BaconSpaceProgram has taken principle to the extreme with the X-Wing Rotary Rocket, a design marvel that puts most other Kerbal spacecraft to shame.

The X-Wing Rotary Rocket recalls the real-life Roton, a rotary rocket prototype built in the early-nineties. The four wings on theKerbal craft, each with a mounted thruster, start at a right-angle to the body of the rocket during launch, causing them to rotate. Once in the air, the wings rotate 90o to give the ship extra forward thrust. Its launch and subsequent flight is a beautiful sight.

Source: Kotaku

Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Sci-Fi Craft Models From Paper

A Japanese craftsman, known only as uhu02, has produced some of the most beautiful handcrafted models of science fiction vehicles ever seen, in such exquisite detail that they can compete with the best die-cast resin models on the market. What makes the feat doubly impressive is that uhu02 works exclusively in paper.

Star Wars X-Wing

Battlestar Galactica (2004) Viper Mk. II

Star Wars TIE Interceptor

Star Wars AT-ST

Source: Gizmodo SPLOID

GOG.com Adds Six Classic Star Wars Games

GOG.com has added six classic LucasArts Star Wars games to its roster, including three marked at 20% off.

The first three, available as digital downloads for the first time ever, are spaceflight battle simulators Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (£6.69/$10) and Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (£6.69/$10), and real-time strategy Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga ($3.99/$6).

The remaining trio, previously available through Steam though now DRM-free through GOG, are third-person shooter Star Wars Battlefront 2 (£5.29/$8), first-person shooter Star Wars: Dark Forces (£3.19/$4.79), and RPG sequel Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords (£5.29/$8).

As a bonus for LucasArts fans, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis are on sale at 20% off, the first two priced at £5.29/$8, and the later costing £3.19/$4.79, until 30th January, 13:59 GMT (08:59 ET/5:59 PT).

Source: Joystiq

Inspired from Star Wars: Reusable Rockets from SpaceX

Elon Musk is a smart man, with SpaceX already using reusable rockets, but this is an amplified version.

Musk has said that SpaceX is currently testing new “technologies that will assist future Falcon 9 launches, including “X-wing style” control fins and a drone ship.” The fins, would deploy on re-entry, giving the rocket better manoeuvrability than it would if it was solely on engine power. The robot boat on the other hand, is pretty much an “autonomous spaceport” that uses thrusters from oil rigs for a safe, stable landing pad in “situations where a ground facility isn’t an option” reports Engadget.

Source: Engadget.

Build Your Own Starship With New ‘Star Wars: Attack Squadron’ Game

For those who after watching the Star Wars Franchise have had dreams of flying through space in a X-Wing or a TIE Fighter, well soon you will be able to with Disney’s latest game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons online game. The entertainment giant, (which really is a giant with all it’s Disney titles, acquisition of Marvel Studios and now Star Wars) announced Tuesday that it is releasing a closed beta version of this new combat game in early 2014 and the best part, fans can sign up to test it.

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons will be a multiplayer battle game that will be free to play online when out of beta testing. Part of the idea of the game is to let players customize and make special modifications to their “Star Wars” starships. A quick overview of the game was given by Starwars.com “In Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, players will enter exciting dogfighting action with up to 16 players at a time as they maneuver through iconic ‘Star Wars’ locations.” Disney Interactive announced the upcoming release of another “Star Wars” game called Star Wars: Tiny Death Star in October this game was developed to be played on mobile devices.

In April, Disney shutdown LucasArts, the video game arm of the Lucas Entertainment empire, by laying off staff and ceasing development of two forthcoming “Star Wars” games. At the time LucasFilm agreed that “Star Wars” games should be developed by either third-party studios or Disney Interactive. I myself am a huge fan of the “Star Wars’ franchise and also a fan of multiplayer games so I will be following this story with great interest, to keep you interested until we get more information here is a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Attack Squadrons.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiVu_nPJft4[/youtube]

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of CNET.

Lego Build 1:1 Scale X-Wing Fighter From Star Wars

It doesn’t matter how old I get (I’m 28 in case you’re wondering), but I am still always fascinated by LEGO, it really is one of those timeless inventions that you’re never too old for and it’s just as much fun for kids, or adults, to play with today as it was when it was invented, so what could be better than using 5,335,200 Lego bricks to build a bloody huge space ship from Star Wars?

Giant Lego creations have always amazed me, the sheer number of bricks required, the time required, the skill and of course the patience needed to construct such monumental structures out of tiny bricks is beyond insane, but that’s exactly what a the Danish toy company, Lego, have gone and done.

The X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars is one of the most recognisable and icon space ships in the history of cinema, gaming and beyond, so Lego have recreated it on 1:! scale, a testament to just what you can do with nearly 5.5 million Lego brick. The ship weighs in at a staggering 46,000 pounds and that makes it one of the largest Lego sculptures ever made at 11ft tall, 42ft long and featuring a 44ft wingspan that requires a steel truss frame to hold everything together.

The ship was completed in Kladno, Czech Republic, where it was then shipped to Times Square in Manhattan and it should be there for a couple of days before being moved on to the LegoLand Resort in California.

If you have 5,335,200 lego bricks and wanted to try something similar, remember this ship took four months and 32 builders to complete, so be prepared to put the extra hours in if you wanted one of your own.

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