With all of the major sports releases now available for sports that are not basketball, Under The Code is looking to switch gears and prepare to provide coverage and content on games already released, games set to be released, and the next-generation sports gaming titles due out in a little over a month and a half. As the UTC engine prepares to rev up again, today Paakaa10 shares his hands-on impressions of the EA SPORTS MVP Carbon headset from Monster Products.
With the rise of online competitions like the Virgin Gaming tournaments, as well as competitive and cooperative online modes in sports video games across the board, it was only a matter of time before a developer like EA SPORTS struck out into the growing headset market.
Granted, it was seven years ago that EA SPORTS put together their first foray into headsets with the release of the Motorola Gaming Headset X205; the monaural headset was meant to mimic the appearance of the official Motorola headsets used by coaches in the National Football League, timed to coincide with the release of NFL Head Coach on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox. The headset saw a minor renaissance with the release of Madden NFL 11 on current-gen consoles, allowing players to use the newly-introduced GameFlow feature and hear coordinator audio describing the design of the play that had been selected through the headset while hearing the full game audio through their TV or sound system. In spite of this, however, the headset can’t truly compete with the offerings of brands like Turtle Beach and other companies which have taken hold of the market share.
Earlier this year, EA SPORTS released the EA SPORTS MVP Carbon, the product of a partnership with Monster Products to update their headset offering. A much more sophisticated product, the MVP Carbons received prominent placement at the Madden Bowl XIX event in New Orleans leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in February, appearing on the ears of NFL stars like Drew Brees and Rob Gronkowski as well as soon-to-be-drafted NFL rookies like Denard Robinson and EJ Manuel.
With a MSRP ranging from $200-$250 (US) depending on your retailer, there are big expectations from the EA SPORTS MVP Carbons; read on to find out more about how they fare in ears-on playtesting!
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