Yesterday, Polk Audio unveiled the Striker Pro gaming headset in Xbox exclusive and PS4 editions, both of which are fully compatible with Wii U, Mac, PC and mobile devices. Today, they got a bit more targeted, so to speak, with the Striker Pro Hitman Contract Edition.
This limited edition tie-in with the popular Hitman video game series is designed for use on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One (using the new controller), Wii-U, Mac/PC, or mobile device. Each audiophile-grade gaming headset purchased is uniquely serialized with numbers on the inside of the ear cup. I wonder who will be the lucky gamer who gets #47?
The headset features signature branding from the video game, including a white spring-steel headband against plush, padded black ear cups with Hitman red interior accents. In our meeting yesterday, Michael Greco, global brand director at Polk Audio, pointed out that the visual nods are more subtle than with other game/headset tie-ins you’ve seen in the past. Fans will understand the bar code on the headband and the almost hidden “47” on the cans, but if you’re not a fan of the game, they just look a pair of modern headphones.
As for audio and functionality:
New developed drivers utilizing Polk Optimized Electro-Acoustic Tuning (POET) and Dynamic Balance technology result in rich, immersive audio quality and allow users to hear all the details and subtleties in their game. For clear chat, the headset comes with a new removable omni-directional microphone with push button mute for both console and PC gaming, as well as a small and discrete in-line microphone for mobile use. To easily switch gaming preferences, three detachable cables and two removable microphones are included.
As with the standard releases, the Striker Pro Hitman Contract edition allows users to conveniently switch between different gaming modes with its three included detachable cables to enhance each gaming experience:
- Mobile Connect Cable – A 3.5mm microphone cable with in-line controls allow users to play, pause, and make phone calls without having to touch their device.
- Dual-Jack Console Controller Connect Cable – Unlike the standard 3.5mm cable, this 1.3 meter (4 ft.) custom console cable is designed for high-fidelity audio to enhance microphone performance and minimize crosstalk. Additionally, the PlayStation 4 versions allow for easy access to master volume and microphone mute without having to use the onscreen menus. Its in-line also includes an attenuator to adjust your microphone’s gain to ensure it does not distort during online gaming sessions.
- Dual-Jack, Detachable, Extra-long Pro PC Connect Cable – Polk’s very own 3-meter (9.8 ft.) long Pro PC connect cable lowers the noise floor to minimize crosstalk and boost microphone clarity for exceptional audio performance
The Striker Pro Hitman Contract Edition Gaming Headset will be available for $129 in September at select U.S., Canadian, and U.K. retailers including PolkAudio.com. If you’re at E3 in Los Angeles this week, it’s on display at Polk’s E3 booth, #5612 in the west hall. For more information about the Polk brand and its other gaming solutions, visit www.polkaudio.com.