XO Seven Pro Review

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Turtle Beach lead the gaming headphone market in 2014. From their modestly priced Ear Force Recon 320 and Z60 to the luxurious Elite 800, the audio veterans offered superb choices across all price ranges. The Xbox One was the only platform lacking options, but with this year’s XO Four Stealth and XO Seven Pro, Microsoft’s console is finally getting the proper audio gear. Today, we’re taking a look at the XO Seven Pro, the first Xbox One headset licensed by Major League Gaming. With its revolutionary Superhuman Hearing Mode, superb sound and remarkable built quality, the XO Seven Pro is easily the best Xbox One headset to date, even trumping Astro’s lavish A50. Most headsets of this quality typically retail for $200 or more, but the XO Seven Pro goes for only $159.95. It’s a steal.

Turtle Beach’s XO Seven Pro comes with everything needed to connect to Microsoft’s console. The package contains the Ear Force Headset Audio Controller Plus, a breakaway cable, a mobile adapter with in-line mic, a micro USB update cable and a removable mic boom. Installation is quick and effortless. Connect the Audio Controller Plus to your Xbox One gamepad, attach the breakaway cable between the headset and the Controller Plus, and download any necessary updates via the included mini USB. Once in game, players can toggle between four surround presets: Natural Sound, Bass Boost, Bass and treble Boost and Voice Enhancer. The mis has its own set of presets, including: Quiet Room, Normal Room and Loud Room.


"With its revolutionary Superhuman Hearing Mode, superb sound and remarkable built quality, the XO Seven Pro is easily the best Xbox One headset to date, even trumping Astro’s lavish A50."

The XO Seven Pro’s most exciting feature is the Superhuman Hearing Mode than can be toggled via the small Turtle Beach button on the Audio Controller Plus. Over the last few months, I’ve reviewed over a dozen high-end headsets, each offering their own version of the sound enhancing mode. While most of them did a great job in emphasizing minute sounds, the bass and treble sacrifices compromised audio quality across most models. The XO Seven Pro is the first set that preserves the audio fidelity of its surround sound presents without degrading depth. As long as the Bass and Treble Boost preset is activated when the mode is on, Superhuman Hearing provides the perfect balance between spatial awareness and resonance.


"The XO Seven Pro is the first set that preserves the audio fidelity of its surround sound presents without degrading depth."

In one of Turtle Beach’s video ads for the XO Seven Pro, Nolan North boasts about the headset’s ability to pick up impossible sounds, like a player reloading a gun or birds flying off in the distance. He wasn’t kidding. The XO Seven Pro does exactly that. It allows players to hear every microscopic detail both nearby and in the distance. It picks up sounds so accurately, it takes some getting used to. During the first few multiplayer matches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, I found myself twitching left and right because I could hear the ground underneath my feet crumbling. It’s surreal, and incredibly immersive. It wasn’t too long before my kill/death ratio improved and I was dodging incoming bullets from all directions.

Even without the Superhuman Hearing Mode, each preset delivers excellent audio. Natural Sound is meant to replicate audio as intended by the creators, and the other presets are meant for boosting bass, treble and voice. The Voice Enhancer is the least useful as it cuts on depth too much, resulting in a slightly hollow acoustic. Both Bass and Treble Boost provide a nice punchiness to explosions and gunfire, although they muffle high frequency sounds when Superhuman Hearing Mode is deactivated.


"Considering its tournament-brand labeling, the XO Seven Pro is built for mobility and longevity. It’s constructed like a tank, but feels remarkably light when gaming for longer periods."

Mics on gaming headphones don’t typically impress, but considering the MLG sponsorship, Turtle Beach has gone above and beyond in delivering what may be the best headset mic I’ve tested in years. The removable mic boom comes close to studio quality, offering three presets that adjust according to ambient noise: Quiet Room, Normal Room and Loud Room. The Game/Chat Balance tuner allows for further tweaking, which is great for those who want the game sound to decrease when chatting, or vice versa. 

Considering its tournament-brand labeling, the XO Seven Pro is built for mobility and longevity. It’s constructed like a tank, but feels remarkably light when gaming for longer periods. The XO Seven Pro is completely matte, leaving no room for fingerprints to ruin the beautiful design. Despite its density, the headset never generates any heat, and the leathery cushions wrap snugly around the ears.


"The XO Seven Pro is absolutely superb, offering a revolutionary Superhuman Hearing Mode that surpasses its competition, and an unbeatable price that’s tough to beat."

The XO Seven Pro is primarily an Xbox One headset, but because it uses a traditional audio jack it works on all mobile devices, as well as the Playstation 4. Omitting the Xbox One audio dongle offers excellent sound, but the inability to switch between presets or even adjust the volume is unfortunate. But even without the advanced features, the XO Seven Pro works wonderfully on the PS4 and when listening to music or chatting on mobile devices.

Microsoft’s Xbox One finally gets its definitive, dedicated headset with high-end audio performance and long lasting comfort. The XO Seven Pro is absolutely superb, offering a revolutionary Superhuman Hearing Mode that surpasses its competition, and an unbeatable price that’s tough to beat. You don’t have to be a professional tournament gamer to enjoy all of its state-of-the-art features. If you’re an Xbox One owner and want to further immersion in your games, the XO Seven Pro is a necessity. 

Review by: Tin Salamunic

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Battle with Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters

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We here at The Game Scouts love video games and it if you're reading this, then it's probably safe to assume you share similar interests with us. While we love sitting down playing different types of games, one of our favorites are board games. So whether it's playing Hearthstone on an iPad or playing a tabletop game with our friends, we can easily say we just love gaming in general. That's why we're so excited to share this story with you.

Today we are going to be taking a quick look at the newly released, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters! That's right, we're going back to 2001 with this one. WizKids Games has brought the classic Dice Masters game from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe to North America this week in the form of their Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Starter Set.


The set includes 44 dice, 22 cards, two dices bags and, of course, the rule book. It is retailing for $14.99 here in the U.S. and will available on January 31 in Europe. This is only the beginning for Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters, as WizKids Games as they have also released Gravity Feeds and Play Mats as well. So, if you're in the mood for a little nostalgia or perhaps you are completely new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe, you won't be disappointed with Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters. It's time to duel!

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Pox Nora Releases New Expansion

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Desert Owl Games, developer and now publisher of Pox Nora, the long-running tactical turn-based strategy game, announced this week a new expansion for the game called Ronin. This expansion, the 24th in the game’s eight-and-a-half year history, is the first released by Desert Owl Games since they purchased Pox Nora  from Sony Online Entertainment. 

Ronin will include new maps for both PvE and PvP sessions,  as well as an entirely new PvE campaign, 60 new runes, and more than 50 new champions for players to collect and compete with. Ronin will also bring new themes to the game, and updates to existing ones, including witches, yetis, and cyclops. 

Pox Nora is a free-to-play strategy game that is similar to traditional collectible card games, with runes representing cards. Pox Nora boasts, according to Desert Owl Games, over 20 million play sessions since its release in 2011. Originally a Java-based browser game, Pox Nora, and the new Ronin expansion, are now avaible on Steam.

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New Pokémon Film Debuts in February

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If you're into any type of anime or manga, then you are more than likely familiar with the name VIZ Media. They have brought us Westerners some amazing content over the years and that doesn't seem to be changing. VIZ Media will be bringing our Pokémon fix, come February 17th, in the form of a new movie, Pokémon The Movie: Diancie and The Cocoon of Destruction (which just happens to be the 17th Pokémon film), and a new mange.

Pokémon has changed a whole lot since the original 151. We're now up to Generation VI and nearing a whopping 800 different types of Pokémon. VIZ Media's upcoming movie and mange release will be featuring one of the newest legendary Pokémon, Diancie. The movie is headed to DVD in the U.S. for $19.97, while the mange will be only $9.99. Of course, this brand new story revolves around Ash and Pikachu, as they attempt to foil the villainous Team Rocket and save the Diamond Domain. So be sure to keep and eye out for both the movie and mange at your local shops!

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A Zelda Graphic Novel in May?

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past. Arguably one of the best video games ever made, once had an epic graphic novel. Sadly, that graphic novel has been out of print for over 20 years. Now that we've got the bad news out of the way, here's the good news. It's coming back! The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past graphic novel will be re-released through VIZ Media's Perfect Square team. This full-color graphic novel adaptation of the game will be released this May in a single-volume edition. 

Back in the '90s, Nintendo Power subscribers would have to wait for each installment of the story by Shotaro Ishinomori. Mr. Ishinomori's tale followed the game greatly, but added in his own characters and plot twits to allow for a more engaging narrative via the new medium. The story is only half of it, however, as the art work is just as amazing. It's a timeless tale that while being gone for over two decades, has not been forgotten.

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