If you’re serious about gaming audio, chances are you’ve come across SteelSeries before. From the Arctis Pro to the Arctis 9X, we’ve seen a range of high-quality gaming headsets before. But SteelSeries’ latest headset, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro, could be a game changer.
The Arctis Nova Pro is available now in two main variants: wired and wireless. What caught our attention, however, was the wired option, as SteelSeries promised to introduce a “multi-system connectivity hub” that would allow USB switching between multiple devices at the same time.
According to SteelSeries, you can plug two systems into this hub at once, allowing you to switch “seamlessly” between PC, PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch or mobile. Just push the button, no need to change cables.
It all sounds convenient, but the Arctis Nova Pro has one glaring omission: the Xbox. There are separate Xbox headset versions for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Curiously, the wired version claims to be compatible with PC, PlayStation, Switch, and mobile devices, but not Xbox. Unfortunately, wireless options are expensive and limited, as you can only choose from specific Xbox and PlayStation variants, although the latter also works on PC.
Beyond that, the Arctic Nova Pro promises all the usual features you’d expect from high-end headphones. Naturally, battery life on the wired model isn’t as important, but SteelSeries says the Arctis Nova Pro wireless model has a dual-battery system, which means you can charge one battery while the other is being used for active gaming. Active Noise Cancellation goes back to “cutting out unwanted distractions” and you have a wireless base station to adjust your settings from the command center.
if SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro (opens in new tab) Intrigued, you can now find the wired version for $249.99 / £249.99 / AU$442. If you’re after the wireless version instead of a PC, Xbox or PlayStation, it’s a bit pricey, at $349.99 / £329.99 / AU$583. Keep in mind that the Arctis Nova Pro wireless version is more limited in terms of supported platforms.