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Razer's new Kraken headset lineup brings more than music to your ears

Razer Kraken V
Razer Kraken V (Image credit: Razer)

Krakens are multi-tentacled beasts of yore, armed to the teeth (or, well, beak) with an arsenal of ship-destroying tentacles and other deadly features, depending on where you look. The Kraken moniker feels more appropriate than ever with Razer's refreshed headset lineup, which enters its third iteration for 2021 and beyond.

The new Razer Kraken, Razer Kraken X, and Razer Kraken Pro bring the popular lineup into the modern era with Razer's latest neodymium drivers, and an array of unique features that get increasingly impressive as you move further up the price points.

The two most expensive Kraken's headline features are full-blown stereoscopic haptics. Razer's headsets have unique motors that feed haptic vibrations into the soundscape, which you can adjust with new on-ear controls. Unlike console games which create vibrations on a scripted basis, the haptics in the Kraken headsets utilizes sound, reacting within 5ms to bass frequencies in the sound stage.

Beyond that, the Kraken lineup impresses with competitive price points, and improved designs. It wouldn't be Razer without RGB, of course, and that's on board too for good measure.

For a full breakdown of the features and specs, take a look at the table below. The headsets will start arriving on Oct. 21, 2021, starting at $99, running all the way up to $199. Will they make the best PC gaming headsets list on Windows Central? Only time will tell (and by that, I mean our reviews, of course).

CategoryKraken V3Kraken V3 HyperSenseKraken V3 Pro
Price$99.99$129.99$199.99
SpeakersTriForce Titanium 50mm with THXTriForce Titanium 50mm with THXTriForce Titanium 50mm with THX
CompatibilityPC via USB-APC via USB-APC via USB-A Wireless, 3.5mm option
HapticsNoYesYes
MicrophoneDetachable CardioidDetachable CardioidDetachable Supercardioid

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

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  • The Dutch verb 'kraken' literally means crackling sound or awfully bad, distorted sound 🤣 This is the worst name for the Dutch market. Luckily, it's a very small market...