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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas + Atlas Edge Review

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This review’s headline sums up everything you need to know. So if you’re wondering if the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and Atlas Edge combo is worth your dough, the answer is yes. If you’d like to know our reasons why, continue reading.

Wireless headsets have taken the world by storm, but unless you’re willing to shell out $350+, you’ll likely experience latency issues. Wired connection is still the tried and true preference for most gamers, especially those who play competitively. Turtle Beach has been around for a while and they’re known for making high quality and reasonably priced gaming headsets.

The Elite Atlas has also been around for a while, but it still remains one of the best performing and most regarded headset in the industry, especially in the competitive e-sports scene. And when paired with the Atlas Edge, the performance gets an even higher boost.

What is the Atlas Edge?

The Atlas Edge is a $30 accessory that converts analog signal to digital and lets you connect your headphone to your PC via a USB port. The Atlas Edge is sold separately but worth every penny and considered a MUST-HAVE if you already have a Turtle Beach headset. Connecting your headset using the Atlas Edge lets you access the Turtle Beach Control Studio software to take advantage of the boatload of options. It’s essentially a $30 accessory that upgrades your headset’s audio quality and gives you control over your headset’s audio output.

Build quality

We’ll start with the build quality of the Elite Atlas. It’s made from mostly plastic with a flexible steel head plate. It’s solidly built and easy to adjusts to your size. The twisting joint above the earcups are satisfyingly strong. It takes a bit of effort to twist them and they stay in position. The over-engineering that went into these joins will likely pay off over time as I don’t foresee them breaking any time soon.

Overall, everything on and around the Elite Atlas is well made and purposeful.

Design

Nowadays, every game equipment manufacturer goes way overboard with their RGB and sharp angles. I prefer a more subtle design language, one that’s tasteful, clean, and functional. There’s no RGB to be found. The design is simplistic with a few hints here and there that it’s a “gaming” headset. Overall, I prefer the aesthetic of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas over most of Razer’s lineup of headphones.

Comfort

The earcups are enormous, even for a gamine headset. I have a relatively average size head and they fit perfectly. The large cups fully encase your ears and certainly helps make your gaming experience more comfortable.

The oversized cups also have an indirect benefit of keeping your ears cool. Whenever I use the Razer or Steelseries headsets, it feels like my ears are inside an oven after a few hours of gaming. But I didn’t seem to have that problem with the Elite Atlas.

The foam surround the earcups are comfortable but definitely not that soft. They maintain their shape well and helps keep your ears from rubbing against the inside walls. Adjustment is simple and can be made on the fly. Cranial support is a combination of wire tension and a foam pad.

Audio Quality

Here’s where the Elite Atlas truly shines. Combined with the Atlas Edge and the right adjustment onboard the Turtle Beach software, you can expect audio fidelity to punch way above its class. The simulated surround-sound gives a real sense of depth to the experience. While playing Apex Legends and Warzone, I can audibly tell exactly which direction gunshots or footsteps are coming from.

Even when there’s a lot of layers of sound being played, the Elite Atlas has no trouble outputting precise and accurate sound. The sound of reloading, running, and gunfire is echoed vividly with a level of realism and detail usually found in much more expensive headsets. Yet, the Elite Atlas has no trouble replicating that level of accuracy.

Final Verdict

The Elite Atlas + Atlas Edge is a perfect combination of value and performance. At about $130 total for the set, it’s certainly not cheap, but you’re getting a lot more than what you’re paying. The build quality and timeless aesthetic screams high-class and likely won’t be out-dated anytime soon. The audio quality is easily one of the best-in-class, especially if paired with the Atlas Edge.

And most importantly, the sheer value you get with the Elite Atlas + Atlas Edge combo is actually darn near impossible to beat. There’s a good reason why a 2018 headset is still able to compete as one of the best performing headset today in 2020. It’s because you’re essentially getting $300 worth of headset – for $130.

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The Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert: A Magical Musical Gaming Experience

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Many fans of Fortnite would agree that it’s no longer just a game; it’s an experience. The developer of the popular game, Epic Games is known to release new maps or experiments to keep players on it. Two of which are the mystery cube and a black hole that created a new map. But their latest release is the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert treating millions of fans to the Princess of Pop’s hits as they explore a magical pastel map.

Let’s take a look at how players enjoyed the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert in all of its pastel glory.

Rift Tour: Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert

The concert was live from August 6 to 8. Before players can witness the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert live, they can complete quests and win rewards, such as a Cosmic Cuddles loading screen, kitty emoticon, and spray. Those who played any of the five live games received an umbrella.

In the Rift Tour video, players wait in a lobby or space under an unknown flying object in the sky. There, they run towards a rectangular portal where they float towards an animated Fortnite-version of Ariana Grande, hand holding out, welcoming them on a new experience.

Before they get treated to the Ariana Grande musical journey, they can rack up points by sliding across a track and fighting a giant boss, Storm King. Players can hear music from Travis Scott and Marshmello before they meet the Princess of Pop and enjoy dancing and floating to her tunes.

Gaming and Music Come Together

Fortnite isn’t only famous for battle-royale and team battles. Players can bust out dance moves like The Dab. And anyone online for the live concert danced along to Grande’s catchy tunes.

Grande sings the following hits as players traverse through different courses in the game:

  • Raindrops
  • 7 Rings
  • Be Alright
  • R.E.M.
  • The Way
  • Positions

Players are treated to different experiences during the musical journey, giving fans an unforgettable audiovisual treat. Ariana Grande starts with a brief Raindrops performance, with players helping each other up. Then, an orb of light appears and lands on a circular stage where she finally emerges to sing 7 Rings. It transitions to a beach where players can dance along to one of her famous hits.

During her Be Alright number, players float inside a bubble while Grande flies through the air thanks to her winged glass shards costume. And for her R.E.M. performance, players ride on flying unicorns while the singer sits on a giant swing.

She then sings her next song, The Way, where players can move up the stairs where they teleport to another flight of stairs until they reach the top. Finally, Positions plays where players can jump and dance along to the beat.

The whole musical journey ends with the singer breaking the glassy exterior of the map with a hammer. Then, the players are sucked back into the portal they entered and to the lobby.

Post-Concert Quests, Rewards, and Items

Although the live concert is no longer available, Fortnite players can download the content for free on Fortnite’s site. As reported by Ginx.tv, there are four quests available to play. One of them is meant for solo players, and the three require a team. The rewards you’ll receive are experience points, and an XOXO emote.

The post-concert rewards include Skye Up High Loading Screen, an umbrella, and a Rift-Tour banner. Only those with a Fortnite Crew subscription are entitled to these awards. Also, die-hard Arianators and Fortnite fans can buy the Ariana Grande skin and play as the pop star.

However, the quests are only available until August 23, 10 AM EST.

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17 Games Coming Out This Fall

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Fall is coming. You all know what that means. The leaves begin to turn. The air becomes crisp. The smell of cider lingers in the air. Idiots scramble for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And, most importantly, new video games will be released. 

We demand the release of new games! They’re crucial to our health! Considering just how many games are being released. How do you know which to pay attention to? 

Here are 17 games coming out this fall that you simply must obtain. 

1. Life Is Strange – True Colors (September 10)

The third entry in the Life is Strange franchise is developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix. You play Alex Chen, a young woman who experiences the emotions of others as she tries to solve her brother’s mysterious death. This third-person graphic adventure will be available for Microsoft Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and XBox Series X/S. 

2. Deathloop (September 14)

You play Colt, an assassin stuck in a time loop in this new game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Colt, an assassin, is tasked with taking out eight targets before midnight. If he leaves any alive, or if he dies, Colt starts the loop from the beginning. You can find this action-adventure game for Windows and PS5.

3. Lost Judgment (September 21)

Time to solve another bloody crime. Once again, players will settle into the mind of private detective Takayuki Yagami as he investigates another crime in this sequel to 2018’s Judgment. The action-adventure game is for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. 

Far Cry 6 (October 7)

Developed and published by Ubisoft, the sixth entry in the first-person shooter franchise has Revolution in the air. Players become Dani Rojas, a former soldier turned freedom fighter against Giancarlo Esposito’s “El Presidente.” Dive into the action for Amazon Luna, PS4, PS5, XBox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia. 

5. Metroid Dread (October 8)

Developed by MecurySteam and Nintendo EPD, the bounty hunter Samus Aran returns in this sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion. Set after the events in Fusion, Samus faces a nefarious robotic enemy on the planet ZDR. Only available on Nintendo Switch.

6. Back 4 Blood (October 12)

This is the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Players will jump into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans known as “the Ridden.” You play as a member of “the Cleaners,” soldiers teaming up to fight zombies in this multiplayer first-person shooter. 

7. Battlefield 2042 (October 22)

The seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series, developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts, is the successor to 2018’s Battlefield V. The multiplayer-only first-person shooter has brand new features to make for more immersive gameplay. To be released for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. 

8. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (October 26)

Developed by Eidos-Montreal and published by Square Enix, Guardians of the Galaxy is a third-person action-adventure game where you play as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Filled with crazy fights, snarky dialogue, and motivational speeches that affect the other members in combat, Guardians of the Galaxy is available for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. 

Forza Horizon 5 (November 9)

Developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, this racing game is set in an open world map based in Mexico. Players can explore this map freely by completing the campaign or competing in multiplayer races. This game will be available for Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 (November 11)

This post-apocalyptic RPG by Atlus has players assume the role of a high school student in modern-day Tokyo. They are unexpectedly drawn into an alternate version of Tokyo that has been overrun by demons and must fight to restore order. Available for only Nintendo Switch. 

11. Dying Light 2 (December 7)

Set 20 years after the original game, this open-world first-person action RPG. Developed and produced by Techland, players assume the role of Aiden Caldwell, who can perform over 3000 parkour animations, giving the game a more fluid-free running experience. Available for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. 

12. Horizon Forbidden West (TBA)

The breathy, distressed character that we know to be Aloy has quickly joined the ranks of other Playstation mascots like God of War’s Kratos. And now, she’s back to kick robot dinosaur ass in the sequel to the blockbuster hit Horizon Zero Dawn. Developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, this open-world, post-apocalyptic game is set in a new region known as the Forbidden West. Available for PS4 and PS5. 

  1. Ghostwire – Tokyo (October) 

13. Ghostwire – Tokyo (October)

Described as “karate meets magic,” this first-person action-adventure game allows players to use various psychic and paranormal abilities to defeat the ghosts and spirits haunting Tokyo. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, this game is available for PS5 and Windows. 

14. SABLE (September)

This stripped-down game developed by Shedworks and published by Raw Fury places the player in the role of a young girl named Sable. Featuring no combat or set storyline, SABLE emphasizes gameplay on simple puzzle-solving and discovery as Sable traverses sand dunes and ruins. Available for macOS, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S. 

15. FIFA ’22 (October 1)

Pretty straightforward release. Developed and released annually by Electronic Arts, the latest game features cover athlete Kylian Mbappe and is available for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia. 

16. Solar Ash (TBA)

An adventure platforming game with an emphasis on movement over combat, Solar Ash has players traversing through a bright-neon colored, three-dimensional landscape. Developed by Heart Machine and published by Annapurna Interactive, the game is available for Windows, PS4, and PS5. 

17. Halo Infinite (TBA)

Buckle up, buckaroos. Get ready for the next installation of the iconic Halo series. Developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios, the sixth entry in the series continues the story of the Master Chief. What more is there to say? 

Well, what are you waiting for? The air is getting chillier! Time to get inside and glue yourselves to the next big blockbuster game of the fall! 

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Xbox Launches New Games and A Mini-Fridge

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If you’re an Xbox fan, then you’re probably excited about the upcoming titles the gaming giant has recently announced. And what about the mini-fridge that it’s introducing to users? But we’ll get to that later.

Microsoft and Sony released three gaming consoles last year – Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation. And this year, fans can’t wait to get a load of new games. Not one to disappoint fans, Microsoft launched 30 never-before-played versions, including Halo Infinite. 

If you want to try most of the new games, you’ll be glad to know that 27 of them will be available for subscribers of Xbox Games Pass. But you already know that if you tuned in to the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held remotely on a livestream.

Leaked Trailer

Even before the event, some fans were already talking about Starfield – an all-new space RPG made by Bethesda. The Washington Post leaked the trailer accidentally, and gamers aren’t complaining. 

Starfield was made by the game studio that Microsoft acquired for $7.5 billion, along with ZeniMax Media. For fans waiting for the game, you’ll have to wait for a little longer – more than a year, to be exact. Starfield is due to be released on November 11, 2022.

According to Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is a game they’ve always dreamed of playing. However, they had to wait until the hardware and tech were available. That said, they’re certainly happy that innovations have made it possible to come up with such a product today. And they’re surely hoping to earn fat revenues from the innovation.

Games to Watch Out For

Aside from Starfield, fans are also intrigued about Forza Horizon 5. After all, many are expecting it to take full advantage of the newest Xbox consoles’ next-generation tech.

As mentioned, most of the games discussed will be available in the Xbox Games Pass service. For those not familiar, the monthly fee is $15 in exchange for access to the games. Added to that, subscribers can also access Xbox game streaming service, allowing them to stream games online. Think of it as a service somehow akin to Netflix.

Meanwhile, Halo players will be happy to get their hands on Halo Infinite. The newest version will launch this fall, so fans will surely be looking forward to pumpkin spice season.

Forza Horizon 5, on the other hand, is another title to check out. Set in Mexico, the version uses real-world videos and photos of Mexican places. Stalker 2 is also part of the roster of new Xbox games. This is based in Chernobyl with zombie elements. So, perhaps, you may expect radioactive zombies? The game is due for release on April 28, 2022.

If you’re a Jack Sparrow fan, you might want to check out Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life. This online pirate game is launching a free update and with new characters to boot. With a storyline based on The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you can never go wrong. 

For fans craving villain-focused games, Far Cry 6 is another one to watch out for. It’s due October 7, so only a few more months before gamers see the rollout of this new title.

Xbox Mini-Fridge

Now, let’s talk about the Xbox mini-fridge. It may have started as a meme, but the company turned it into reality. In fact, makers are planning to launch it later this year. Netflix and chill? Maybe Xbox and chill will be just as popular soon.

Microsoft already said the mini-fridge would be “the world’s most powerful mini-fridge.” The product will launch on holidays 2021.

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