What you need to know
- The A50 4th generation is making its debut at E3 ahead of a summer launch.
- The headset and base station combo will cost $300.
- Packs Astro Audio V2 with new drivers, wireless radio technology and custom sound profiles.
- Support spatial audio such as Dolby Atmos.
Astro Gaming has announced its latest revision to its flagship A50 wireless headset at E3 2019. The 4th generation release of the A50 is set to go on sale this summer, and will have versions for Xbox/PC and PS4/PC.
Design wise it looks very similar to the current A50, which is no bad thing. Astro's headsets are pretty darn comfortable, and if it's not broke, don't fix it.
That's not to say there hasn't been some significant work done on the the headset for its latest outing. The biggest new development is Astro Audio V2, a combination of new drivers, wireless radio technology and custom sound profiles to ensure you get the very best aural experience.
Besides audio enhancements, wireless range and microphone clarity have also been given a going over, and the wireless base station that comes with the A50 is doing much of the legwork. It provides low-latency voice, easy pairing and effortless charging.
Additionally, Astro's Mixamp technology that you'd find in a dedicated box on other headsets, is built right into the A50 for integrated adjustments to game/voice audio balancing and volumes.
To better tune the A50, PC and Xbox One gamers will be able to use the ACC companion app to tune the sound to their own preference, as well as control the audio that leaves the stream output if you're a broadcaster.
The new A50 Wireless is set to ship in Summer 2019 and will cost $300 for both the Xbox/PC and PS4/PC versions.
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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Any idea if the base station comes with a 3.5 mm jack? The current A50's do and i like to plug the base station into my xbox while using the 3.5 mm jack to listen to audio from my PC. Only headset on the market that does this and if these do too itll be a must buy.
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