Razer is one of the first names in the PC peripheral space. The company has just announced a new gaming headset called the Kraken V3 that features haptic vibrations designed to help create a more immersive gaming experience.
At least, that’s the idea behind them, but in reality, they seem like they’d be more annoying than anything. Vibrations around the ears seem like they’d tickle more than anything else.
The headset uses what Razer calls HyperSense technology. It takes the audio from a game and converts it into haptic vibrations that’ll help you feel your game a little more than you would otherwise. The technology sounds quite sensitive as it can increase or decrease the intensity of vibrations based on the distance between you and an event in a game.
Game developers don’t need to do anything to make this work and there’s no app to install. Instead, there just needs to be sound, and Razer’s HyperSense will do the rest. That means you can also use it while watching movies if you want to tickle your ears with vibrations all the time.
The headset also comes with THX spatial audio, 50mm drivers, a detachable Razer HyperClear cardioid mic, and the Chroma RGB lighting we’ve all come to expect from gaming peripherals.
There are three versions of the headset—the $200 Pro version with wireless support for PC, PlayStation, or a docked Nintendo Switch. It also has a 3.5mm port that can be used with just about anything. The cheaper USB version costs $130, and a USB-toting Kraken V3 without HyperSense for $100.