Titanfall Ear Force Atlas Official Gaming Headset Review
Music to your ears
Dating back to even the 1970s, Turtle Beach has always been in the sound game with way too many products to name from over the years. Fast forward to today and the company is still running strong with probably their most standout venture to gamers being their line of gaming headsets. Xbox platforms in particular have gotten the most support from the company over the years and with the highly anticipated Titanfall set to arrive tomorrow, it seems like perfect timing for a new headset to be released. That is exactly what happened as Turtle Beach has released the Titanfall Ear Force Atlas Official Gaming Headset.
If you missed it the other day, we released an unboxing article for this headset with plenty of images of what all comes in the box itself that you can read here. I highly recommend you check it out if you wish to get a better idea at all of the content inside the box. There are multiple cables, so it is a good idea to do your research and make sure you do not lose anything upon opening.
Coming as one of the first Turtle Beach headsets to work with the Xbox One, the Titanfall Ear Force Atlas Official Gaming Headset is not exclusive to Microsoft’s latest console, but also the Xbox 360 and PC. Each of these platforms require different methods for being used, so you will definitely need to read the instructions on how to go about using each one. One complaint I do have is that the quick start guide included in the box is not the best at explaining things, as it is mostly done through images only. It does tell you that looking up the manual online will help you more, but it would have been nice to have something like that included in the box, especially for how to hook it up for Xbox 360.
The only somewhat wireless experience you will find is for the Xbox One. This is done through the inclusion of the much sought after Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter. By plugging this into the bottom of your Xbox One controller, you can plug your headset directly into your controller, but do not have to do anything else. The first time you use this, you will have to actually update your Xbox One controller, which is explained very well through instructions in the adapter box itself. Once you do this, you will not have to worry about it again in the future. The Stereo Adapter itself is great by giving you the ability to turn on and off the mic, turn the volume up and down, and alter your game/chat balance all from the adapter. The mic’s on/off button even lights up when disabled, which is a nice touch.
While using the headset on the Xbox One is a breeze, especially after the initial installation, the Xbox 360 is quite another story. This will require the use of the Inline Amplifier that is included in the box as well as some other cables. This is mostly where the trouble I explained above with the lack of a good detailed manual came in specifically. You have to plug your headset into the Inline Amplifer, which then requires a cord to be plugged into it and goes to the Xbox 360 controller. You must then plug in the Amplifier to a USB port on the console for power, as well as use the included RCA Splitter Cable, for Composite or Component connections, or the not included Xbox 360 Audio Adapter Cable for those connecting with HDMI. Technically, you only need the last thing if you wish to hear the game’s audio in your headset, but you really lose a lot if you do not have that. Needless to say, you will have cords all over your game space, which is bad if it’s in a walkway. The cords are very long, but still is a lot of trouble just for a headset. As a result, I really wouldn’t recommend using it for the Xbox 360 unless you are in much smaller quarters.