Gamescom is happening! I’m not anywhere near the show floor(maybe some day), but new announcements continue to spill out of the world’s largest gaming convention at high speed.
Even though I’m not physically there, HyperX was kind enough to send over some details about their just-announced Cloud Alpha S, an upgraded revision of one of their best headsets, launching later this year for $130.
This is not replacing the older models of the Alpha, but rather adding a new slightly higher price tier for those users that want more goodies.
The two big new features for your $30 extra are adjustable bass sliders and virtual surround. That’s a totally reasonable price increase, in my opinion.
The bass sliders are a great idea. When CoolerMaster launched their MH751/752 headsets, I was very surprised they didn’t keep the bass sliders from the Takstar Pro 82 that served as the basis for their design.
I never expected HyperX would add bass sliders to the Alpha. That’s the perfect sort of sound feature for a gaming-focused headset to have, because sometimes you just want some extra rumble and boom when you’re playing an explosion-filled game.
Also interesting is that HyperX is using a new custom-tuned virtual 7.1 algorithm for the Cloud Alpha S rather than licensing one of the existing third party systems. I’m eager to listen to it and see how it stacks up to their previous dongles and other systems on the market.
They’re also tossing in a second set of fabric ear pads and a bag, meaning the core features package of the Cloud Alpha S is reminiscent of the legendary Cloud II.
Does this mean that HyperX will finally start to phase out that older model?
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Here’s the text of the official press release if you’re interested, and below that I’ll have some final thoughts.
HyperX Showcases the Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset at Gamescom
New Gaming Headset Featuring Bass Adjustment Sliders, Custom-tuned HyperX 7.1 Surround Sound and Dual Chamber Technology
COLOGNE, Germany (Gamescom) — Aug. 19, 2019 — HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the HyperX Cloud Alpha(TM) S gaming headset at Gamescom. The new addition to HyperX’s gaming headset lineup presents bass adjustment sliders allowing for three levels of bass fine-tuning and HyperX custom-tuned virtual 7.1 surround sound* that envelops the listener with full audio for intense gaming immersion.
The Cloud Alpha S includes dual chamber technology delivering accurate in-game sound with incredible range, tone and timbre. The dual chambers allow the Cloud Alpha S to separate its tuned bass from the mid and high frequencies, creating a dynamic sound that makes games, music and movies more realistic and immersive. The Cloud Alpha S offers the design and sound quality features from the HyperX Cloud Alpha while also enhancing the listening experience with 7.1 surround sound and mixing capabilities.
“We are excited to expand our line of HyperX peripherals with the Cloud Alpha S gaming headset,” said Marcus Hermann, senior business manager, HyperX. “Offering users a 7.1 virtual surround sound headset that has all the comfort and style of the original HyperX Cloud Alpha, the new Alpha S gives gamers precise sound and intuitive control features to enjoy fully immersive soundscapes.”
The Cloud Alpha S boasts signature HyperX comfort with premium memory foam ear cushions, an extra-breathable leatherette and a durable aluminum frame. The headset also comes equipped with a detachable noise cancellation mic, braided cable, a spare set of fabric ear cushions and a travel bag.
HyperX products will be on display and demonstrated at Gamescom in the HyperX booth (Hall F08N Stand A-010, the outside area behind Hall 8), Aug. 20–24.
HyperX Cloud Alpha S will be available through HyperX’s network of retail and e-tail outlets as follows:
• HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset — Available in Q4 at $129.99 MSRP
*The virtual 7.1 surround sound effect is output as a 2-channel stereo signal to be used with stereo headphones.
HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, PC, console and mobile power users with high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for all types of gamers — high-speed memory, solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for console players, USB flash drives, and mouse pads — to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand in known for consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 60 million memory modules and 5 million gaming headsets worldwide.
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The original HyperX Cloud Alpha is a personal favorite of mine, and I’ve coincidentally got a few articles planned for the next week or so where I’ll revisit that headset, compare it to other more recent competing models from other companies that I’ve reviewed since its initial launch, and let you know if I think it’s still worth buying in 2019.
I took that plan as an excuse to buy the gold version of the Alpha for myself.
When this press release landed on my doorstep, I realized I’ll now be taking a second second look at the Alpha this year, in the guise of the Alpha S, once I can get one for myself.
It seems like HyperX made some smart improvements to their “mainstream flagship” headset and I’m legitimately impressed and surprised they’re releasing a new revision that goes beyond a fresh blue color scheme and actually adds new features.