Razer’s new Nari Ultimate wireless headset will vibrate along with loud sounds in an attempt to create a more immersive gaming experience. The “HyperSense” haptic technology has been developed alongside Lofelt, a company which you might remember for its wrist-mounted subwoofer, and converts audio signals directly into tactile feedback. Razer claims that this enhances your positional awareness with its “multidimensional” haptic feedback.
Along with its headline-grabbing haptic feedback, the Nari Ultimate also features the same THX Spatial Audio support that was first seen with the Kraken Tournament Edition. The headset works in both wired and wireless modes, and is compatible with all major platforms including PC, mobile, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
Razer isn’t the first manufacturer to experiment with vibrating headphones. Last year’s Skullcandy Crusher Wireless headphones also featured haptic feedback, albeit with a focus on music rather than gaming. If you’re the kind of person that loves the way heavy bass almost seems to punch you in the gut at concerts then you might see the appeal, but personally I don’t want that sensation going anywhere near my sensitive ears.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is available for $199.99 starting now, while two cheaper models that omit the haptic feedback are set to follow later in the year for $149 and $99.99.