Be afraid of the Gears of War 3 throat communicator

Mad Catz has announced the release of three branded Gears of War 3 audio devices for use with the game. (Obviously you could use them with other games too, but these say "Gears of War 3" on them, so you know what they're really for). The gear, which includes two high-end headsets and one “military-inspired throat-communicator” to make you feel like you're in Generation Kill or some such, will preview at Comic-Con before launching alongside the game in September.

The top of Mad Catz' line is the Tritton Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headset, which, at $179, puts a 7-channel speaker system directly onto your head; the $99 Performance Stereo Gaming Headset has the same features (detachable microphone, selective voice monitoring, in-line controls) minus the surround sound. For the lightweight tech-fetishist, the $29 Throat Communicator is the most affordable (and threatening) option, making voice communication marginally less obtrusive than headset communicator alternatives. All three will be available for preview at Comic-Con; the Tritton headsets can be pre-ordered now from Mad Catz' Gears of War 3 department, with the Throat Communicator becoming available soon.

Jul 20, 2011



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  • Turboash - July 21, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Me wanty, but me no havey 360.
  • SmOkM - July 21, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    if throat mics are good enough for German WW2 tank crews there good enough for me :)
  • Crypto140 - July 21, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Mad Catz eh? Didnt they make the exploding PS3 controllers?
  • jackthemenace - July 21, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Ah, sweet. I do LOVE Gears of War, so any "official branded Merchandise" I'll lap up with glee. And I've wondered what it's like to use a throat mic, so, with that being the cheapest of the three options, and looking to cost somewhere between £15 and £20, I might finally get to find out :D
  • hester2 - July 21, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    Man, I cannot WAIT until the spring when I can hear every bit of phlegm in my fellow players' throats!
  • GringoStar - July 21, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    The only thing I see the problem with throat mics is that don't you hear even the smallest things such as swallowing or preparing to spit out a lugie? Would anyone prefer a throat mic over a turtle beach as that's what I have.
  • GhostofTaft - July 21, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    @fatdog123000: Zing!
  • fatdog12300 - July 21, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    Do you have to hold your ear and walk as slowly as possibly to use them?
  • rabidpotatochip - July 21, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    Throat mics are super handy when you're in a noisy environment, they pick you up talking at a normal volume despite the noise from your surroundings. They're ideal for motorcycles but I can also see their application when being told to "get off the damn computer".

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