PS5 & Xbox Series X not sold yet, Logitech has launched Astro A20 Gen 2 headset, supporting two new consoles

Although both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have not officially been released, Logitech has released the Astro A20 Gen 2 - the first headset to support these two new consoles. However, to use with both, you have to buy another wireless adapter for $20

Astro A20 Gen 2 is an upgraded version of the Astro A20 model launched in early 2017. It will be available in October for $119, significantly cheaper than the figure  $149 from the previous generation.

Despite the price cuts, Astro, a subsidiary of Logitech, says it has increased the wireless range from 9m of the first generation to 15m for this new version and can be charged via the handy USB-C port.

The Astro A20 Gen 2 headset will have two different color schemes: blue, white, and black that feel like a PlayStation or green, white, and black to "blend in" with Xbox.

Each version comes with a USB Type-A wireless adapter for easy connection to a PC, as well as a corresponding color-coded console. They may work with other consoles as well, but only if you buy the corresponding USB Type-A kit for $20 on Astro's website.

For example, by default, the adapter that comes with the blue version will only work with the PS5, so if you want to use it with the Xbox Series X, you must purchase another Xbox Series X compatible adapter from Astro.

Astro said the reason they can't cram compatibility for both consoles into one adapter is because it's in the firmware and also because the two systems handle game audio and chat in response to video games. different ways.

If you have both adapters, you will need to use the correct adapter for the console you have (each adapter will be clearly marked for compatibility with any console), then press the sync button on the adapter to connect with Astro A20 Gen 2.

In addition to releasing the new Astro A20 Gen 2 headphones, Astro also shared more about its plans to support its old headphones when the next generation of consoles is coming.

Specifically, if your Astro headset connects to an audio source via the 3.5mm jack, you can still use it with both Xbox Series X and PS5 controllers via the audio jack.

If you have a wireless Astro headset made for Xbox One, upgrading the headset is pretty easy through Astro's Command Center PC software when the Xbox Series X officially launches.

If your headset normally connects to the console via an optical audio port, you'll be able to connect the base station to the Xbox Series X's USB port for the same features, without going through an optical port (though the this console still has that port). Meanwhile, Astro says it will not support wireless headsets from the Xbox 360 era.

As for using PS4-compatible Astro headphones for the PS5, things get a little more complicated. Sony's next generation console does not have an optical audio port, which causes a bit of trouble for those who are already using these headphones.

However, this hassle is acceptable, at least you won't have to buy a new headset. Instead, to make up for Sony's lack of optical ports, Astro plans to roll out an HDMI audio splitter to an optical port, allowing the headphones to communicate with the PS5 without the need for a firmware update.

This adapter supports HDMI 2.1, HDCP and 4K passthrough. Astro claims it won't cause any input lag, and since it's a Dolby compatible product, it won't make the sound worse either.

This splitter will be released in October for $40 - quite high but not too bad for a lossless quality splitter when working with the next generation of consoles. But the better thing is, if you own an Astro headset, you can enter the product's serial number on its website to be able to buy the splitter for only 25 USD.


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