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Motorola re-defines playtime with Video Gaming Headset


May 10, 2006

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May 11, 2006 With the world’s largest electronic entertainment expo (E3) opening overnight, there’s some exciting new products appearing on the radar over the next few days. One that we think has long-term merit perhaps beyond the realm of gaming, is the Gaming Headset X205 from Motorola. The X205 has a noise-cancelling microphone that supports clear voice recognition commands, a premium quality mono ear cup so users can easily communicate with others in the room, an ergonomic design to minimise the discomfort after endless hours in the saddle and inline mute and volume controls for seamless sound management.

Though the headset is based on the actual headset worn by NFL (football) coaches, and is hence designed to deliver an authentic football video coaching experience, we think the headset may eventually see use as an all-purpose voice and voice recognition interface for the game console market.

Marking the start of a new direction for Motorola, the Gaming Headset X205 is a first in an expanding portfolio for the video game space. It is compatible with both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 2 gaming consoles and though there’s no pricing yet, it will be available next month.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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