Astro’s newest cordless gaming headset, the A20 Gen 2, is an updated variation of the 2017 design. It will ship in October for $119, which is substantially below the $149 that the previous-generation A20 was priced at. In spite of the rate cut, Astro says it has increased the wireless variety from the 30 feet used by the first-gen design to 50 feet, and it charges by means of a convenient USB-C port.
The A20 Gen 2 headset will deliver in two different color mixes: blue, white, and black for a PlayStation-like ambiance or green, white, and black for an Xbox look. Each includes a USB Type-A cordless adapter that lets it easily link to the console their color mix represents along with a PC. Each headset can deal with the other console out of package (e.g., the blue headset can deal with the Xbox Series X and vice versa) but just if you acquire an extra USB Type-A wireless adapter for $20 through Astro’s site.
When It Comes To why it could not stuff compatibility for both consoles into one adapter, Astro states it boiled down to firmware and due to the fact that each system apparently manages video game and chat audio differently. If you get both adapters, you’ll need to utilize the correct adapter for the console you’re utilizing (each adapter will be plainly labeled with the console it supports), then tap a sync button on the adapter to connect it to the A20 Gen 2.
Will your old headset deal with PS5 or Xbox Series X? Most Likely
In addition to revealing the A20 Gen 2 headset, Astro is likewise sharing its plan for supporting its older headsets as the next generation of consoles is about to show up. If your Astro headset connects to the audio source by means of a 3.5 mm plug, you’re great to go, as both the XSX and PS5 controllers include an earphone jack.
If you have a wireless Astro headset made for an Xbox One, it’ll be as easy as updating the headset (and depending on the model, the MixAmp or base station, too) firmware through Astro’s Command Center PC software application once the Xbox Series X launches. If your headset generally links to the console by means of optical audio, you’ll have the ability to connect the base station to the XSX’s USB port to get the exact same features– no optical audio needed (though the console will still have the port). Astro states that cordless headsets from the Xbox 360 age are being left behind.
It gets a little bit more made complex for individuals who want to bring their PS4-ready Astro wireless headset to the PS5. Sony’s next-gen console does not have an optical audio port, which seems like it spells trouble for headset owners. The trouble isn’t as bad as having to go purchase a brand-new headset. Instead, to make up for Sony’s omission of the port, Astro is releasing an HDMI-to-optical audio splitter that will enable your headset to user interface with the PS5 without any additional firmware needed. It supports HDMI 2.1, HDCP, and 4K passthrough. Astro states it will not present any input lag, and since it’s Dolby-compliant product, the sound shouldn’t be worse off, either.
This splitter will be released in October for $40, which isn’t a horrible rate for a splitter that ensures lossless quality with your next-gen console. However what’s much better is that, if you already own an Astro headset, you can enter your identification number on its website to conserve $15 off the cost of the splitter, bringing the overall down to $25