SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset Software
In this section we will take a brief look at the SteelSeries Engine 3 software suite. Firmware for the USB Soundcard V2 and the Siberia Elite Gaming Headset was updated to version 188.8.131.52 during the review with no noticeable differences from the previous version.
The USB Soundcard V2 software provides various essential headset controls and some optional enhancement settings to provide a richer experience. The ‘configs’ button in the bottom left corner allows you to assign settings that will auto-apply when a particular program/application is launched.
The Siberia Elite Gaming Headset provides the same essential headset controls and optional enhancement settings to provide a richer experience. The ‘configs’ button in the bottom left corner allows you to assign settings that will auto-apply when a particular program/application is launched. The live preview toggle switch (when set to ON) allows you to instantly experience the amended settings without clicking save and waiting for the changes to apply. This makes for a seamless configuration experience and of course you only need to hit save once you are finished and happy with your configuration.
Selecting the LED icon to the right of the headset image brings up a second window with access to the LED controls. From here you can choose from a full RGB color palette and from various LED ‘modes’. LED modes include: Steady – Single color always on, Breathe – Single color fading in and out at user defined speed, Audio Volume Trigger – White LED which reacts to audio source, and finally, ColourShift (detailed below).
The ColorShift LED mode gives you a selection of four pre-defined color range patterns to choose from. The first three transition to the next color without turning the LED’s off while the fourth selection fades each color in and out before selecting the next color. It would be nice to be able to edit the color shift patterns or create your own, but the default selection is more than enough for most users.
The ear cup LED’s generate very rich and vibrant colors. The colors were not always true to the selection palette but they weren’t too far away. The image above gives you a brief idea of the color reproduction but really does not do the Siberia Elite Gaming Headset any justice, the colors are much more bright and vibrant in person.
The microphone also has a built in LED which illuminates when the microphone is muted and turns off when the microphone is active. The microphone LED is very bright and can be very distracting so you may want to retract the microphone when you mute it.