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New Gear at E3 2012

Mad Catz: Wii U, Warhead and AV8R

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Mad Catz seems primed for the Wii U launch, which is pegged for "holiday 2012" right now. Most of the accessories are expected, but they're well-designed won't be an eye sore in your entertainment center. Both the Wii remotes and the tablet get their own wireless chargers, while the new Kunai headset should offer some competent sound and better voice than the tablet's onboard mic.

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The FPS Pro controller looks right at home when compared to the other high-end Mad Catz controllers for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii U accessories weren't plugged into a console, so we can't speak to their functionality, but the chargers have an aluminum finish with straight, clean lines, while the headset's black and white scheme should fit in nicely with your white Wii and black HDTV.

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What's that? A working Warhead 7.1 headset? This beauty has been in the works for over a year, and it seems like release day is imminent now. I went ears-on with the Warhead, and while a booth tour is no place to do thorough testing, the wireless headset does sound good, initially. There was no chance to test the voice, sadly, but the preset toggling, battery swapping and sharp design make me optimistic.

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Last up is the AV8R, a flight stick that will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It was designed by the Saitek team, who've been doing flight stick for years, and its light weight, sturdy base and plethora of buttons should keep all but the most hardcore flight simulators happy. Mad Catz is paring the stick with a game called Damage, Inc., which puts you behind the stick in one of several dozen World War II planes in the skies over the Pacific.

  • Headset looks so sick.
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  • wiinippongamer
    You cant get a much better gaming experience and 10 times better overall sound quality for less than $150 with an audio technica AD700 and a clip-on zalman mic. All "gaming" headsets out there are pure rubbish.
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  • wiinippongamer
    I intende to say you CAN get a better experience
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  • elcentral
    why would you say a50 head set is not as set for gaming compared to the a40 ? a50 is a overall better product and adds wireless. i cant count the times wireless helps me in gaming. you are gathering for an instance and your guild leaders talk about how you will succeed. you can go to the wc take some drinks from the fridge start some coffee and still be in the middle of the walk true. i can no longer use wired headsets.
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  • I was able to listen to the samples at the E3 booth. They were funky as hell...so I will not wear them in public. The lights were not distracting.The 3 sound modes were okay. The surround sound is not true digital surround..meaning it is with the red and white audio plugs. Not the digital optical cable we so love. BUT!The simulated surround sound these headsets have makes it hard to believe they arent digital.
    The wireless sounded fantastic! No popping distortion. Even with all of the background noise from the E3 showroom hall, the game audio was clear and detailed. I will be getting a pair for sure!They're going to be like having a fat chick sitting on my face..fun to wear inside the bedroom. But I don't want my friends seeing me doing it.
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  • nolarrow
    I hate this head set more than any other computer product I've ever used. Mic sounds like garbage. Head phones are less comfortable, less reliable than my fata1ity gaming headset I got for $15 on a newegg sale. For the love of everything holy people, do not buy this shit. No part of this peice of crap justifies $250. My mic wont work if I have the system setup via optical, but if I leave the system setup via usb then it sounds worse than my other head set. Its just a big ol' turd. Avoid astro products.
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