How to Setup Chat in Splatoon 2

How to set up chat in Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 2 is here and it’s time to paint the town red, or green, or pink! To be an efficient painting team of squids and humanoids, you’re going to need to communicate with your teammates. However, setting up chat for Nintendo Switch can be a bit complicated. Don’t worry though, because we’ve got you covered!

Keep in mind, the Nintendo Switch app only provides chat audio. The use of a splitter cable may provide both game and chat audio, however this has not been thoroughly tested at this time!

How to Setup Chat in Splatoon 2

It can be a bit involved setting up chat for Splatoon 2, so be prepared to do a bit of fiddling before you can strategize with your teammates. There are a few things you will need before you can setup chat in Splatoon 2:

  • A Nintendo Switch,
  • Splatoon 2,
  • An Android or iOS smart device,
  • A Nintendo Account linked to your Nintendo Switch console and your smart device,
  • Nintendo Switch Online App, and
  • A Turtle Beach headset – such as the RECON series!

Now that you have everything you need, you can begin the chat setup.

Step 1: Download Nintendo Switch Online App

Head to the Apple Store or Google Play Store and download the Nintendo Switch Online app. While the service is currently free, there will be a subscription fee for Nintendo Switch Online when it launches in 2018.

Step 2: Log in to the Nintendo Switch Online App

This is fairly simple. Ensure all your details are correct!

Step 3: Connect Your Turtle Beach Headset

Now that the Nintendo Switch Online app is installed, connect your Turtle Beach headset to your smart device to achieve the clearest sound possible.

With all that setup, you can now begin setting up a room so you can chat with your Nintendo Switch friends.

Step 4: Create a Splatoon 2 Chat Room

This next step in setting up chat in Splatoon 2 requires you create a Room using Splatoon 2. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby” or if you’re planning on joining a Salmon Run, select “Grizzo”.

Scroll down and select “Online Lounge”, then “Create Room”. From the drop-down menu, select the game mode you wish to play, either Private Match, League Battle (pair), or League Battle (team).

You will then need to select “Allow Nintendo Switch friends to join the room with a password”. This is needed if you have friends who aren’t using the Nintendo Switch Online app – meaning you won’t be able to hear them but they can at least still play.

Hit OK to create the room. Once the room is created you will need to select, “Send Notification to My Smart Device” in order to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Complete Smart Device Pairing

Now you will need to finish connecting the Splatoon 2 Room to your smart device’s Nintendo Switch Online app.

Select the Notification you received on your smart device or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select the room you’ve created. Now that you’re in the Chat Room you can send out invites to your friends!

Step 6: Invite Your Friends

Select which invite method you want to use to send an invitation to your friend:

  • Social Network Friend: This sends a URL through a social media platform that your friend can open on their own smart device in order to join your lounge.
  • Nintendo Switch Friend: This method sends a notification to the smart device of your friend who also uses the Nintendo Switch Online app.
  • User You Played With: The final method sends a notification the smart device of someone who you just played who is also using the Nintendo Switch Online app.

After the other Splatoon 2 player or friend has accepted your invitation, they will join your Online Lounge in Splatoon 2 and you will be able to chat and strategize with them through the Nintendo Switch Online app!

While the process to setup a chat in Splatoon 2 might seem a bit complicated at first, once you’ve done it a couple of times it’ll far easier.

Unfortunately, you will need to have your phone screen on at all times for the chat to remain connected. This means you can’t lock your phone to save battery. We suggest turning the screen brightness down low and closing all other Apps in order to get the most battery life out of each play time. Alternatively, you can keep your phone plugged into a charger while you play Splatoon 2 and chat with your friends.

EVO 2017 Recap


The best fighting game players from around the globe descended on Las Vegas over the weekend to put their skills to the test against one another in EVO 2017. The entire event ran from July 14th to 16th in what ended up being a jam-packed weekend full of breath-taking, adrenaline-pounding moments.

With nine different titles being played, the event was a boiling pot of variety. The games on show were: Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters XIV, and Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

Competing over the weekend were two members of Splyce, representing two different titles. Filipino Champ dove into Street Fighter V while RyanLV took the helm of Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.


Filipino Champ was up against Echo Fox’s Tokido, a player who he’s fought against in previous events. The match up for Street Fighter V was Tokido using Akuma with FChamp opting for Dhalsim.

FChamp put up his skills and managed to pull out some unbelievable moves. FChamp pulled ahead 2-1, securing an early foothold. It was looking like it was a sealed deal for FChamp, but Tokido came back with a barrage of attacks, stun-locking and bringing the match to a tie at 2-2.

Unfortunately for FChamp, the following round was over as Tokido’s offensive style ended the round. Stuck at a stalemate, the next round had everyone on the edge of their seats as both sides pulled ahead to a point where the literal final round was what counted. In the end, Tokido claimed the victory, but FChamp, the true champion that he is, displayed some solid respect post-match. Congratulations to FChamp for finishing in 8th position overall!

Over in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, RyanLV maintained a staggering undefeated record throughout the tourney to fight his way into the grand finals and face off against EG’s Nychrisg. RyanLV entered with Phoenix, Chun-Li, and Morrigan while Chris G used Vergil, Morrigan, and Doctor Doom. What followed was an incredible display of skills and a (bullet-)hell of a lot of fireballs.

The two players’ battles culminated in a thrilling tiebreaker, a truly unforgettable experience as RyanLV and Chris G threw everything they had at one another. Chris G had RyanLV on the ropes with Phoenix down to a mere sliver of health. It was now or never, RyanLV activated Dark Phoenix’s infamous X-Factor and quickly downed Vergil. Doctor Doom was all that stood between RyanLV and first place, and as Chris G took control, Dark Phoenix blasted him down with even more fireballs. Chris G got a taste of his own medicine as his Doctor Doom could do nothing but be consumed by fire.

In the end, RyanLV walked away with first place for Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 in what was a truly spellbinding battle. Big congrats to RyanLV!

Best Headshot Sounds in Video Games

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as landing a headshot in a video game. Not only is scoring a headshot a feat of accuracy, but it lets your opponent know you just dominated them with your skills.

A headshot is more than just seeing the little headshot icon come up, whether it’s a crosshair or some other icon, it’s about the visuals and the audio. There are a lot of games where you can get headshots, but only a few of them offer truly unforgettable sounds when you land one.

These sounds feel all the more intense when using a headset such as our latest release, the Stealth 700 or Stealth 600 headset. With these headsets boasting Superhuman Hearing, you’ll hear your enemies first, followed swiftly by their heads exploding after you land a headshot!

Counter-Strike

We have to start off this list of best headshot sounds in video games with one of the most iconic and memorable occurrences of headshots. Counter-Strike not only spawned one of the greatest eSports in the world, but also helped create the zany FPS_Doug from Pure Pwnage who would scream “Boom! Headshot!” each time he scored a headshot.

Every headshot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is accompanied by a specific sound, one that, when heard, is unbelievably satisfying – if you’re the one getting the headshot.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

If we’re talking about headshots and the sounds they make, we absolutely have to include at least one Call of Duty title. We’d like to include them all but it wouldn’t be fair on the other games out there. Call of Duty has completely dominated the FPS side of esports, with each successive title rising up and taking the mantle of the previous. Each game brings with it such a well-honed experience that relies on the greatest skill of all: reflexes.

When those reflexes kick in, and you manage to get that crosshair over an enemy head and pull the trigger, the sound that follows is pure bliss. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 had one of the best ting sounds yet, and has stuck in our minds as a standout example. Though there’s a bit of talking in the above video, it does play the sound we all remember and we all aim for!

Gears of War

Gears of War made its way onto the Xbox 360 back in 2006, and since its release, Gears fans all over the world have been relishing the brutality the game brought with it. Whether you were chain-sawing Locust Drones in half or blasting enemies in multiplayer with the Gnasher, it was always a gore-fest.

However, one of the most memorable sound effects in any Gears of War title was that which accompanied a headshot. The sound effect was most satisfying when using a Sniper Rifle. A steady hand would have the reticle hovering over an enemy head, and then – bam! – the sound of a watermelon being crushed would echo across the battlefield.

Fallout 3

The inclusion of the VATS program changed the future of Fallout games for the better. VATS stands for Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System and was first introduced in Fallout 3 as a means of bridging the gap between the isometric style of the originals with the revamped FPS style of the future.

VATS allowed you to pause the game and take aim at specific points on an enemy’s body, be it their legs, arms, chest, or even their head. It was designed to allow you to more accurately attack an enemy weakness, and it worked like a charm. However, it allowed gamers to easily score those sweet, juicy headshots.

An enemy’s head would come off at the neck, leaving the shoulders barren and the body slumping to the ground. To say it was violent and over the top is an understatement, but damn, was it fun!

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

The original Turok series introduced gamers to the idea of fighting dinosaurs with guns. It was a wild ride by anyone’s standards. Then Turok 2: Seeds of Evil reared its head and showed the gaming world a new take on the classic “headshot”.

Included in Turok 2 was a little gun known as the Cerebral Bore. This brutally-named gun shoots a homing projectile at any enemy head – and as the name suggests – drill in through their skull to get to their brain.

A geyser of blood would spray everywhere as your enemy screamed in pain, but it didn’t stop there. Once the projectile hit the brain, it would explode. The sound of the drill, the crunching bone, the splattering of blood, and the screams of your enemies make this one of the best headshot sounds in video games!

Overwatch

Overwatch is Blizzard’s latest success story, with fans flocking to the game with fervor. Though each character has its own abilities and weapons, headshots are still rampant, even with Roadhog’s shotgun-like Scrap Gun.

However, there is one head-shotting menace that everyone fears as soon as they hear a particular sound, and that man is McCree. With a one-liner that makes every player spin around and look for him, McCree is able to instil fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned players.

McCree’s Ultimate is Deadeye, a short stance where he locks-on to enemy heads and then releases a quick volley of shots. The sound of these headshots is preceded by McCree calmly announcing, “It’s high noon.” What follows is a moment of panic for his enemies. Headshots never sounded so good.

Unreal Tournament

Finally, the granddaddy of headshot sounds himself, Unreal Tournament. PC gamers of all ages have played an Unreal Tournament game at least once in their life, and the first time they score a headshot is underlined with one of the most iconic headshot sounds from all of video game history.

Nothing tells you you’ve gotten a headshot more than the gritty announcer bellowing “HEADSHOT” as your enemy’s face explodes from your well-timed Sniper Rifle or Lightning Rifle round. From there on out, every time you earned a headshot, regardless of game, you were sure to do your best mimicry of this glorious sound – HEADSHOT!

Headshots are the bread and butter of any first-person shooter, with gamers honing their skills in order to hit these difficult shots as much as possible. Not only is it a testament of skill, but more often than not, they’re followed by some truly terrify, and sometimes horrific, sound effects. These are by far the best headshot sounds in video games, did your favorite make the list?

What’s New in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age?

It’s been over ten years since Final Fantasy XII hit our PlayStation 2 consoles, and now fans of the legendary series can enjoy it once more in a high-definition remastered version on PlayStation 4 dubbed Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

Anyone who played FFXII back in 2006 will no doubt want to know what changes have come to their beloved title. As the name suggests, The Zodiac Age is a remastered version based on the limited release of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System – a Japanese version of FFXII that was never released overseas.

Crisper Sounds With More Options

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will boast some impressive sound enhancements over its initial release. Included in this remastered version is support for 7.1 channel surround sound, allowing you to take full advantage of the DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound technology in the Turtle Beach Elite 800 and Elite 800X and completely immerse yourself once more in this glorious universe.

There are other astounding sound improvements coming to the title in the form of English and Japanese voiceovers, and it’s up to you what version you want to hear – simply switch between them in the game configuration! The original BGMs will be included, as well as newly re-recorded tracks, so you’ll be able to pick which version you want to hear at any given time.

More Pixels for Your Visuals

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has all its visuals upgraded and remastered.It’s always assumed that a remastered version will come with updated visuals, so rest assured that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will come replete with all manner of visuals feasts. Everything is getting a visual overhaul, including the backgrounds and skyboxes, the character models, and even the 2D elements like the fonts! Fonts are so easy to overlook, but without crisp and clear fonts, you won’t be able to gauge your power!

Even the cutscenes will be getting a high resolution upgrade, taking them from 2006 PS2 graphics – which weren’t too shabby to begin with – to incredible 2017 graphics. We can’t wait to see how it looks running on our PS4 hardware.

New User-Friendly Changes

With the new map overlay, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is more user-friendly.“User-friendly” doesn’t always mean “easy”, and in the case of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, it actually relates to changes that make the game feel better. If you love faster load times and auto-saves, you’re in for a treat, as FFXII: The Zodiac Age includes both of these features – no more long waits between areas and no more cries of anguish if you forget to save for an hour and lose your progress!

There is also a map overlayed onto the screen, making it easier for you to figure out where you need to go. It’s always frustrating having to dig through a menu just to look at a map to work out whether you need to go left or right.

Fresh Game Modes

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is getting a new Trial Mode.In an interview with Polygon, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age producer Hiroaki Kato went into a bit of detail about the new release and the game modes being included. Speaking about the challenges of Final Fantasy 12, Hiroaki Kato talked about how the changes to combat added a new layer of difficulty for the player. Instead of enemies surprising players, they could be seen wandering the fields. To address these challenges, the team made the game balance more in-line with that of a classic Final Fantasy game. However, for those looking for the added challenge, FFXII: The Zodiac Age will include a Trial Mode, a separate mode where you can load up your party and play through 100 battles of increasing ferocity. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is available now and fans around the world are racing to get their hands on this version of an old favorite. Will you be adding Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age to your FF collection?

Aporia: Beyond The Valley Key Giveaway

Aporia: Beyond the Valley free code giveaway with Turtle Beach.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch – that might well be true but believe it or not there is such a thing as a free game and to prove it we’ve teamed up with our friends at Green Man Gaming to offer you the chance to win one of five copies of its new title, Aporia: Beyond the Valley. Not only will you get a copy of the game but you’ll also receive a copy of the soundtrack to enjoy!

Check out the competition for all the details and good luck!

Aporia: Beyond The Valley Key Giveaway

Set Up and Max Out the STEALTH 350VR

How to setup and use the STEALTH 350VR

Virtual Reality is truly amazing tech — the stuff of cyber dreams not many years ago! The depth of immersion, the feeling of inhabiting an alternate reality, is something you can only experience yourself. Of course, it goes without saying that to sell the experience you need both hi-fidelity visuals and audio.

The Stealth 350VR is specifically built for use with the physical dimensions of current VR headsets. Which is to say, VR headsets are already big and clunky — no one wants to add additional heavy audio gear on top of that!  The revolutionary ergonomic design of the Stealth 350VR provides clearance for a VR headband while the smooth, fabric-wrapped memory foam ear cushions keep you comfy and cool. Battery-powered amplification creates an even more immersive experience, yet the headset remains light and feels great on your noggin.

Check out the video below to ensure you properly set up the STEALTH 350VR for optimal use: