You're in luck if you liked Razer's Kaira headset but didn't want the added cost or pairing of a wireless model to your console. Razer has launched a $60 Kaira X line that offers the core functionality of its predecessor to PlayStation and Xbox gamers, just with a 3.5mm wired connection -- and, of course, a $40 lower price. You'll still get the 50mm "TriForce" drivers (albeit without a titanium-coated diaphragm), cardioid boom mic and on-headset controls, and the cable opens the door to virtually any device with a standard headphone jack. The differences beyond that largely boil down to color. The Kaira X for PlayStation is available only in a Sony-friendly black-and-white design, while the Xbox variant is available in five hues that include black, white, and three eye-searing colors (blue, red and "volt" green) that match official Xbox Wireless Controllers.
Alongside the Halo Infinite release date, Microsoft made a couple of other Halo-related announcements at Gamescom's Opening Night Live event. To mark the 20th anniversary of the series, the company is releasing a limited-edition Xbox Series X and Elite Series 2 Controller decked out in Halo-themed looks. The console features dark metallic paneling with iridium gold accents, as well as a star pattern. The bundled-in controller has an iridium gold 20-year mark on the rear. Best of all, you'll hear custom Halo-themed sounds when you switch the console on and off.
The Xbox Series X and Series S launches are right around the corner, and Razer is determined to capitalize on that by introducing a pair of gaming headsets built with Microsoft's consoles in mind. The Kaira and Kaira Pro (above) are both "designed for Xbox" and can use the Xbox Wireless format for low-lag audio and voice when paired with the systems. The Pro adds Bluetooth 5.0 to help you connect to PCs, phone and other devices without needing a dongle. Both headsets share the same 50mm drivers you first saw in the BlackShark V2, promising brighter and clearer sound without sacrificing bass. You can tune the sound for different game types or just to emphasize low-end rumble.
Playing games on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X can occasionally feel like a taste of the future. Thanks to solid state drives (SSDs), things like 4K, HDR, ray tracing, and ultra-fast load times are now becoming the norm. Unfortunately, both consoles are still rooted in the past in one way: They don't natively support Bluetooth audio. Every modern phone, laptop, and tablet on the market can connect to your nice Bluetooth headphones, but neither of these $500 gaming powerhouses can. It's a bummer, but we don't just give up and walk away when we run into problems around here.
Some of the year's most buzzed Bollywood releases were Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which quickly fell under fire for an entitled protagonist, and the upcoming Befikre, whose advertising campaign takes care to emphasize that Indian movies are cool with kissing now. The hope in all that clutter was always Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi (Dear Life), starring Alia Bhatt, a standout in the new class of young Bollywood actresses, and superstar Shahrukh Khan as not her love interest, but her therapist. Dear Zindagi tells the simple story of Kaira (Bhatt), who begins to spiral after a breakup, an engaged ex, a lost job and getting kicked out of her gorgeous Mumbai apartment. Forced to go home to her parents (with whom she has an insufficiently explained strenuous relationship), she stumbles upon Dr. Jehangir Khan (Khan) and starts going to therapy. Where the film excels is in its departure from the tropes the define Bollywood as a genre.