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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2013 - Thrustmaster, the innovative PC and console accessory brand, arrives today in the Gaming Headset market with some serious credentials, nearly 30 years of gaming experience have been combined with 20 years of audio expertise under the Hercules brand within the Guillemot Group.  

Gamers are at the heart of everything we've done:

Thrustmaster's Research and Development teams have built their Gaming Headsets range with one priority in mind: providing gamers with products which perfectly fit all of their needs.  To accomplish this, a wide-reaching international study was performed  with 3000 American and European gamers who played for 5 hours or more per week. This study allowed us to focus and combine our technical capabilities and audio expertise to create the first 3 solutions for gamers: the Y-250X for Xbox 360®, the Y-250P for PS3™ and the Y-250C for PC.

Accurate, perfectly-proportioned sound:

Thrustmaster's 3 gaming headsets provide carefully-crafted audio performance.  They incorporate 50 mm drivers for bass response that's higher than the mid-range frequencies, which are themselves more prominent than the high-range frequencies. This allows for an audio hierarchy which is perfectly in line with gamers' expectations and needs: heavy explosions that can be heard from far away, natural voices that are easy to hear, and clear whizzing sounds from bullets that don't get lost in the overall sound stage. In this way gamers can not only enjoy the signature audio experience of each game, but also hear all of the sound information contained in the game's audio mix.  This will allow them to anticipate events and adapt their strategies to create a real  advantage over other players.

To achieve this result, a unique design, symbolizing the range, was developed based on a "Y" shape.  By incorporating large earpieces with this shape the player is provided perfect sound isolation, and it generates powerful acoustic amplification by acting as resonance chambers.

Optimized microphone and controls:

Thrustmaster's Gaming Headsets feature detachable, unidirectional, ultra-high-performance microphones. Their design gives the gamer an advantage by only transmitting his or her voice without letting any surrounding noises in to muddy the sound. For even greater  precision a gain control feature has been added as well, allowing users to precisely adjust the microphone according to the environment that they're in.

The control unit on each headset's cable puts valuable adjustment options right at player's fingertips, inclduing a microphone gain, game volume (on the PC version), seperate Chat volume, bass level and voice feedback level for the PS3™ and Xbox 360® versions. The microphone, like the headsets themselves, is adjustable and easily adapts to all head sizes and shapes.  These controls guarante total comfort even during long gaming sessions, and perfect communication.

The products in this range provide a level of versatility that gamers asked for during the study.  This includes watching a movie by removing the microphone, listening to music on MP3 players and smartphones (and taking calls on smartphone), and even playing on the Nintendo 3DS™, Sony PS Vita™ and Nintendo Wii U™ consoles.

Get the Thrustmaster Y-Gaming Headsets, and take your performance to the next level!  The headsets will be available shortly from all major retailers for $89.99.  Check out all of our products at  For all assets please go to:  Thrustmaster.

SPECIFICATIONS                                                  Y-250 C

Driver size                                                          50 mm

Frequency range                                                  10 Hz - 25 kHz

Plenum                                                              124 cubic cm

Passive isolation                                                  -31 dB

Detachable microphone                                        Yes

Microphone acoustic isolation                               Yes

Microphone sensitivity                                         -50 dB

Connection cable for tablet/smartphone                 Yes

Decibel level                                                       102 dB

Padding thickness on headband/earpieces              35 mm / 25 mm; leather, removable

Cable length                                                       2.8 m

Weight                                                               364 g

Microphone on/off switch                                    Yes

SPECIFICATIONS                                                  Y-250 P

Driver size                                                           50 mm

Frequency range                                                  10 Hz - 25 kHz

Plenum                                                               124 cubic cm

Passive isolation                                                  -31 dB

Detachable microphone                                        Yes

Microphone acoustic isolation                               Yes

Bass Boost control                                               Yes

Compatible with tablets and smartphones               Yes

Padding thickness on headband/earpieces               35 mm / 25 mm; leather, removable

Cable length                                                        5.2 m

Weight                                                               348 g

Microphone on/off switch                                     Yes

Voice feedback on/off switch                                 Yes

SPECIFICATIONS                                                               Y-250 X

Driver size                                                                          50 mm

Frequency range                                                               10 Hz - 25 kHz

Plenum                                                                              124 cubic cm

Passive isolation                                                               -31 dB

Detachable microphone                                                  Yes

Microphone acoustic isolation                                       Yes

Microphone sensitivity                                                    -50 dB

Bass Boost control                                                           Yes

Compatible with tablets and smartphones                  Yes

Padding thickness on headband/earpieces                   35 mm / 25 mm; leather, removable

Cable length                                                                      5.2 m

Weight                                                                               348 g

Microphone on/off switch                                              Yes

Voice feedback on/off switch                                         Yes


About Thrustmaster

Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries including France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Romania and Italy, and distributes its products in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Group's mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment end users.

© 2012 Guillemot Corporation S.A. Thrustmaster® is a registered trademark of Guillemot Corporation S.A. All other trademarks and brand names are hereby acknowledged and are property of their respective owners. Illustrations not binding. Contents, designs and specifications are subject to change without notice and may vary from one country to another.

For further information, please contact:

Thrustmaster Media:

David Tractenberg

(310) 453-2050 x111

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