SteelSeries adds another headset to its arsenal of products.Compatible with the PS3, Xbox 360, Mac, and PC, the SteelSeries Siberia V2 is capable of functioning as a tool that connects people together, whether they are strangers gaming together for a single round or friends and family chatting over Skype. Last I’d heard, SteelSeries was a pretty key player in the gaming industry and it appears that it plans on maintaining the lead by creating flexible, adaptable products like the Siberia V2.
This set looks quite heavy-duty. Designed to fully enclose the ears, it’s certainly quite bulky. I can appreciate this, as this headset was definitely not made to take outside the house with your iPod, unless it’s to a LAN party. The Siberia V2 isn’t just about the looks though, it’s quite feature-rich.
As the earcups on each side of the headset suggest, the Siberia V2 reduces noise by specifically using noise-reducing foam. This ensures that you won’t be interrupted when you’re toasting those zerglings or when you’re on your headshot streak.
There is also a rectractable microphone, which sounds quite innovative. It’s a clever way of hiding the microphone when it’s not desired for aesthetics, or when it’s simply not required. The mic is not too intrusive even when it’s hot, which is a plus.
There is also an integrated volume control, which can be a pro or a con. Occasionally, the volume would be far too quiet or loud for my liking, and that’s because I hadn’t adjusted the integrated volume or I’d totally forgotten about it. It can be a major convenience when volume needs to be adjusted quickly and on the fly, but it can also be a nuisance if you forget about it. Nonetheless, this option is actually pretty important because I reckon gamers might want to tweak sound levels in case their environment changes or they need to start listening more closely to footsteps and the such.
If you’re looking for a new set of gaming headphones, or if you want to start talking to friends and family over Skype, I think the Siberia V2 might be a good product to give a closer look to.