As the name suggests, this addition of Bluetooth allows users to hear audio from both Bluetooth sources and wired connections. So far so expected. Well, not quite.
You see you can actually use Bluetooth and the wired connection together, at the same time.
This means that you can hook up to your phone via Bluetooth to use the Nintendo Switch Online chat mobile app, while using the wired connection to hear game audio from the console. Beautiful.
This is the first headset with this type of compatibility for the Nintendo Switch.
SteelSeries Arctis 3 BT
You can also connect with the gamer community on Discord’s mobile application over Bluetooth, while simultaneously listening to in-game audio from your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 over the wired connection.
Furthermore, this neat connectivity means that you can take calls, join VoIP chat and stream music wirelessly over Bluetooth while hearing balanced and powerful game audio through the 3.5mm connection.
You also get probably the best microphone in gaming, the SteelSeries ClearCast. The mic is a retractable bi-directional system that delivers clear voice communication while acoustically eliminating all background and surrounding noise.
The athletics-inspired AirWeave performance fabric ear cushions and exclusive ski goggle headband provide extreme and long-lasting comfort.
Intuitive SteelSeries Engine software allows for personalised audio settings.
This is the first time that you can simultaneously have wired gaming audio and wireless Bluetooth. Bluetooth is incredibly useful for connecting wirelessly to mobile devices for chat and music, but as most gamers know, Bluetooth has too much latency for gaming. That is why this is a wired headset for gaming and Bluetooth for everything else.”
Eros Resmini, CMO of Discord adds.
We’ve noticed gamers hacking away at blending console game audio and Discord voice for quite some time. SteelSeries makes that whole process easy with this product and let’s more gamers use Discord with their friends.”
Price and availability
The Arctis 3 Bluetooth is available now at https://steelseries.com/arctisbt for £134.99.