Plantronics a introduces the RIG 500 Series a gaming-headset, engineered specifically for e-sports.
Built with interchangeable component, the RIG 500 can be configured for personal fit and comfort. Endorsed by ESL the 500 series comes with vented-air and sound-isolating cups, several headband colors, mobile stereo cables, digital USB adapter with Dolby® 7.1 Surround Sound, and 24-bit audio support.
“Plantronics worked closely with competitive gamers to develop the RIG 500 Series of PC gaming headsets, and like any precision equipment designed for competition, details matter,” said Jack Reynolds, director of Gaming Products “The RIG 500 Series is a unique family of e-sports audio gear that can give an edge to pros and hopefuls through its ultra-light comfort and reliability, which is essential for long hours of dedicated practice, and our signature Plantronics audio, which is tuned especially for immersive gaming and clear communication.”
The Rig 500 features a flexible frame for the headband, allowing players to retrofit the kind of shape they need for their head. With small, medium and large attach points for ear cup and self-adjusting headband, 500 Series headsets should provide exceptional comfort and fit. Two different sets of available ear cups round out the customisation: Vented for maximum breathability and heat dissipation, reducing listening fatigue and pressure, and Isolating for complete immersion, reducing background noise and enabling players to focus.
“We know e-sports, and from long experience, we know what it takes for competitive gamers to play their best,” said Han Park, president at ESL America. “As a partner, Plantronics has demonstrated the ability and willingness to collaborate with the e-sports industry and players to create products that truly meet the unique – and demanding – needs of this group.”
The ESL has officially endorsed the headset, with the ESL logo placed on the headset. There are several price-variants for the headset including the:
RIG 500 – Stereo gaming headset with flip-to-mute mic boom - $59 USD (MSRP)
RIG 500HD – Surround sound USB gaming headset - $79 USD (MSRP)
RIG 500E – E-sports edition surround sound gaming headset with two sets of ear cups (vented and isolating), detachable boom mic, USB adapter and analog stereo cables - $149 USD (MSRP)