When the Xbox One launched in November of 2013 it ran about 500.00 USD. Though the price has gone down if you want to upgrade or replace any of those things you plug or connect to it you may quickly find yourself matching your initial investment. Is it worth it?
Tomorrow evening is our first live stream, which you can watch right here on the website by going to the tab marked 'stream' or by searching us out on either Twitch.tv's website or mobile app. To say I am nervous would be an understatement. It's not that I worry about the technical aspects of the stream (they've been tested) or whether or not you fine folk will be watching, it's the quality of the stream. Specifically the audio. Regardless of the Xbox One being my primary gaming device I have never really upgraded my peripherals. Rather I had not bothered to begin the process of shelling out fractions of the original cost of the machine on things to plug into it such as controllers and a new headset. That is until last month when I purchased the Elite controller (150.00 USD on Amazon), which required some thought. I'm glad I bought it as the thing is amazing for shooters and Forza. It feels every bit like the controller that should have come with the console in the first place. But the thought became necessary when i looked at that price tag. The same thoughts crossed my mind again when I started looking at headsets today.
I have a tendency to look for the 'best' thing when I'm looking for new tech. You should see the portable digital recorder I picked up for the podcast last week, cradled in it's orange waterproof storage case with it's handle and double clasp openings the thing looks absolutely mint. It's hard to settle for the the middle of the road option, but in headsets I had to. A quick amazon search and a trip to reddit will yeild dozens of options, all supposedly the best in true internet forum fashion. The consensus seems to be that the Astro A50's are the top of the heap, and at 300.00 USD a pop i would certainly hope so. I settled on a set of Turtlebeach XO4 stealth ($90.00) which came in towards the top of the smaller heap and you'll be hearing the results of this investment by our second stream. If you've been following along so far that's $240.00, about $60.00 less than buying a second console for a controller and a headset. No external hard-drive for expanded storage. No rechargeable battery packs or fancy stands and system coolers. How would rate an additional investment such as this one? What if anything have you purchased for your own systems? Was it worth it to you? let me know!