Creative 3D Tactic wireless headsets demoed at IFA

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It’s the annual IFA tradeshow over in Berlin at the moment, which is pretty much the European equivalent of CES. If big TVs and tablet computers are your thing, our sister site TechRadar has all the latest news from the show floor.

As far as PC gaming goes, Creative is using the show to demo its new wireless headsets, the 3D Tactic Omega and 3D Tactic Wrath (pictured above). Both look very similar from the tech specs, featuring 50mm drivers, closed back circumaural cans and a detachable mic. The USB sound card-cum-transmitter comes with the usual X-Fi/THXTruStudio enhancements with EAX support and positional sound.

Creative launches new motherboard sound chip, but where's X-Fi?

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Is Creative backing away from its well known X-Fi brand? The audio specialist has just announced a range of integrated sound processors using a new logo and name, Sound Core 3D.

What's curious is that looking at the specs sheet, Sound Core 3D is an X-Fi in all but name, and like the Bard's rose presumably sounds the same. For starters, the press release says that it's powered by the Quartet DSP: that's a four core digital signal processor that has been the heart of the X-Fi chips since their launch, but which hasn't been promoted by that name for nearly six years. I may be wrong, but I don't recall it appearing on any Creative literature since 2005.