By Lisa Johnston
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Los Angeles — Polk Audio used E3 to debut three audio products custom engineered to produce a more immersive video gaming experience.
Two of the new products — the N1 soundbar and 4 Shot gaming headphone — were developed in collaboration with Microsoft and optimized to deliver audio finely tuned to the new Xbox One, Polk said.
The third product, the 133t headphone, was designed specifically for game play and entertainment using the Xbox 360 console.
Pricing on the products was not announced.
The N1 soundbar is engineered with custom audio settings for “the profoundly complex audio of games, including music, ambient details, special effects and dialogue, as well as the unique audio associated with different types of games, to develop four immersion modes for a tailored and immersive listening experience,” Polk said.
Gamers can select FPS or Racer modes during game play, or choose Cinema or Music when using the Xbox One for entertainment outside of gaming.
The N1 soundbar features an upscale design meant to complement the look of the Xbox One. It will ship this fall in black on black and Vanilla with contrasting wood.
Polk developed the two sets of headphones — the 4 Shot for Xbox One and 133t for Xbox 360 — to be lightweight and ergonomic. A near-field microphone allows users to chat with other gamers or take calls, while a spring steel headband and pivoting ear cups combine for a sophisticated fit and feel.
Both headphones are also well suited to non-gaming daily use. Planned for a Q4 release, the headphones will come in Desert White, Nova Blue and Ink Black.
Mark Suskind, Polk product line development VP, helped lead the team of N1, 4 Shot and 133t engineers and played an integral role in the collaboration with Microsoft.
“The transformation of the gaming console into an entertainment portal for the entire family presented an opportunity to innovate new audio products that could deliver a listening experience to match the lavish visual worlds of today’s games and movies,” Suskind stated. “The N1 soundbar and 4 Shot and 133t headphones create a soundstage that goes far beyond the physical products and allow gamers to experience these fantastic virtual worlds in an entirely new way.”
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