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New Headbanger Headset For Wii Online Chat

So a few days ago we were told that there is a new QWERTY style keyboard coming out for Wii, now this? Seems like Nintendo is really trying to get people to realize the full potential of the Wii and that you can do online gaming with it. I love the look of this headset, just like I was in love with the keyboard! I’m a big fan of the style, one sided instead of two. Quite a few good things about it I’ve noticed already! One, if you have a Wii, a friend has a Wii, and you want to play games together, now you’ll have the opportunity. Also, it’s not very expensive, which is crazy cause most gaming headsets I’ve seen are up there in price range ($24.99). So… Who’s going to get it first?

LOS ANGELES – Performance Designed Products LLC (“PDP”), a worldwide leader in the videogame accessory market, today announced the upcoming launch of the first licensed online chat headset for the Wii™. PDP’s Headbanger® Headset brings online headset chat to Wii for the first time. When used with compatible games, players will be able to send voice messages, converse online, and chat simultaneously in real time.

“We’re delighted to be working with Nintendo to create this exciting product,” commented Tom Roberts, Senior Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer at PDP. “This important project is a testament to our engineers’ software and hardware expertise. We look forward to working with developers and publishers across the world to bring their players a new way to chat online using their Wii consoles.”

Steve Singer, Nintendo’s Vice President of Licensing, added “PDP has shown its ability to create innovative peripherals that meet the high quality expected from a Nintendo licensed product. We are pleased to partner with them as an official licensee for both Wii and Nintendo DS accessories.”

Among the first titles to be supporting the new headset are Sega’s Conduit 2, a science fiction military FPS with co-op and competitive online multi-player game play.

“Being able to bring headset network chat to Conduit 2 on Wii is a huge win for us, and for Wii gamers,” said Eric Nofsinger, Chief Creative Officer at High Voltage Software. “By incorporating the new Wii compatible headset into Conduit 2, we are able to immerse gamers into the action like never before. The microphone allows for crystal-clear communication to your Conduit 2 friends and foes alike.”

PDP’s Headbanger® Headset for Wii is anticipated to be at retailers across North America and Europe by October 2010.

Features:
• Seamless, high-quality online chat for Wii gamers
• High-quality, noise cancelling microphone and earpiece
• Usable on either ear with no need for adjustment
• Aesthetically matched to the Wii console and accessories
• Mute button and volume control integrated into earpiece
• LED indicators for system live and mute functions
• Adjustable, flexible microphone boom for maximum comfort
• Fully licensed by Nintendo

MSRP: $24.99
About PDP
Performance Designed Products LLC, a Lynn Tilton company, is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing products for all major video game platforms including the Sony PS2, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS and Wii, and Microsoft Xbox 360, as well as a line of accessories for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The company has been supplying video game accessories to the U.S. market for more than a decade. PDP sells products under a variety of brands, with sales in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and throughout Europe and Australia & New Zealand. Headbanger is a registered trademark, and PDP is a trademark, of Performance Designed Products LLC.  © 2010 Performance Designed Products LLC.  For more information on PDP and its products, visit www.pdp.com.

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  • sara

    What happens to the wii speak? if i get the headbanger headset then can i just sell my wiispeak? or do i need to keep it. is the wiispeak mandatory for the headbanger?

    • the truth

      no. u do not need that piece of shxt wiispeak. throw that shit out. dont even bother selling it because you would go to hell for giving such a shitty product to someone. i suggest u burn it 🙂

      but seriously, the wiispeak supports its games out but its horrible at it, but the headset supports new games only

  • Anthony

    But why is it USB i thought people said it was going to be connected to the controller like a wii-motion-plus adapter almost?

  • notsure

    yeah i just heard about this i bought wii speaks(terrible idea) lol i think this will be way better but will this work for call of duty black ops?

  • NLCRAPTOR

    This has officially been confirmed for Black Op’s Wii

    http://www.viddler.com/explore/gamertagradio/videos/246/

    Start watching at 5:30

    • Asef barron

      R u for ?!! It is really for black ops

    • so it works for black ops?

  • Can you tell me if this will be able to work with Monster Hunter Tri?

  • Brandon, it looks like, from the research I’ve done that it’s not going to be able to work with Monster Hunter Tri unless a specific patch is made.

    • That’s very disappointing actually. I think that it would be a very useful thing to havee for that game. Oh well all we can do is hope. Thank you Sarah. 🙂

  • Tony

    Will it work with Mario Kart?

  • On the main webpage it only shows compatible with two games, which just can’t be right….

    http://www.pdp.com/p-917-headbanger-chat-headset-wii-white.aspx

  • where to buy in canada

  • ware can i buy it at??

    • where can i buy them in ireland in a shop please ive been searching for weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What shops in Australia do you think will sell them?? i’ve been to shops like EB, JB, Dicksmith, game etc…

  • Can any usb headset be used with the Wii for Black Ops? Or does it need to be specific like the product above?

  • Best bet on finding them would be either Amazon.com or Froogle.com (Google’s shopping website)

  • how do i talk to people on it? i got it all plugged in and it says its working and stuff but i dont hear anyone and no one answers when i call out on COD. bo.

  • Kristain

    I live in georga so what store can i buy one in?

  • Wal-Mart or GameStop should have them in stock. I have mine; it works great with Call of Duty Black Ops.

  • magicninja there is a voice chat on/off, i have the same problem on conoduit 2 but i cant figure out why

  • Chad

    Does it work on COD black ops and when will be coming out?

  • Dman1888

    where can i buy headset in uk ??

  • juliaana
  • supermcawsomevill

    This sucks for 007 GoldenEye on the Wii. You can’t use it for that game but you really need it for some of the online modes.