For years now, the Siberia series has been SteelSeries’ sole range of gaming headsets, with the latest release being the Siberia 840s back in August. With how fast tech moves, the Siberia is can be seen as a ‘vintage’ brand; my favourite ever headphones were a lime green pair of Siberia V2s, and that was way back in 2011. Siberia’s old as heck, yo.
That all looks set to change though, as the manufacturer has announced its new Arctis range of gaming headsets. At the moment there are three models: the entry-level Arctis 3 (£89.99/$79.99), the mid-range Arctis 5 (£109.99/$99.99), and the wireless Arctis 7 (£159.99/$149.99).
All three have similar ski-goggle headband designs (a departure from the suspension bands from the Siberia range), software-driven 7.1 surround sound, and the new “ClearCast” microphone. However, the Arctis 5 has full RGB lighting and USB controls, and the Arctis 7 has a slightly different headband and up to 15 hours of battery life for wireless use.
I have to admit that at first glance these feel like a good step forward. While the Siberia brand is a cult favourite these days, many people have had problems with the later iterations because they struggled to compare to the V2’s sound quality and fit. It’ll be interesting to see whether this new range takes the manufacturer in a different enough direction to avoided the comparisons, or if it’ll just be cursed to be another “not V2” product.
Currently the Arctis models are only available through the SteelSeries website, with a full retail release to be coming at a later date.