Arctis 3

7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

$79.99 USD $79.99 USD
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  • Ski Goggle Headband

    Ski Goggle Headband

    The adjustable elastic fabric perfectly contours across your head, evenly distributing the weight, eliminating all pressure points.

  • ClearCast Microphone

    ClearCast Microphone

    The ClearCast microphone uses an exclusive bidirectional design delivering unmatched voice clarity and background noise cancellation.

  • S1 Speaker Drivers

    S1 Speaker Drivers

    The same speaker drivers found in our flagship $300 headsets, the S1 drivers are engineered to deliver a detailed, balanced soundscape with ultra-low distortion.

  • Airweave Ear Cushions

    Airweave Ear Cushions

    Inspired by fabrics found in athletic clothing, AirWeave ear cushions keep you cool, dry, and comfy for hours of gaming.

  • Lightweight Design

    Lightweight Design

    Constructed to be so light that you will forget you're wearing them.

  • 7.1 Surround Sound

    SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound

    Immerse yourself in true surround sound, tuned for 3D positional accuracy.

    *SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound available only in Windows 7+

  • Detachable Cable System

    Detachable, Versatile Cable System

    Every Arctis comes with a detachable, modular cable system, giving you optimized cables and connectors to match your every need from PC to XBox, Playstation, mobile and more.

  • On-ear Controls

    On-Ear Audio Controls

    No more alt-tabbing, easily control your volume and mute directly on your headset everywhere you game.

  • Audio Share Jack

    Audio Share Jack

    Sharing is caring. You friends can connect to the share jack and listen in on the action.

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    Bottom view

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We searched the world to create the most comfortable materials found in gaming.

  • Ski Goggle Headband

    Ski Goggle Headband

    The elastic fabric perfectly contours across your head, evenly distributing the weight, eliminating all pressure points. Easily adjust the tension of the band for a perfect fit and comfort for even the longest gaming sessions.


High-Performance Audio

We challenged everything to give gamers the speakers and microphones they deserve.

  • S1 Speaker Drivers

    S1 Speaker Drivers

    Our goal: create a soundscape that provides a natural and accurate reproduction of all sounds, not just explosions. We started with the same high performance, low-distortion driver from our best-selling $300 flagship headset. After a significant amount of time prototyping and tuning the Arctis soundscape, we created a headset that sounds amazing for all types of games, movies, music & everything else.

  • 7.1 Surround Sound

    SteelSeries 7.1 Surround

    To enjoy 7.1 surround sound gamers have typically had to choose a USB-enabled headset. Arctis 3 shatters that idea, delivering an immersive surround experience via SteelSeries Engine in an analog headset.

    *SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound available only in Windows 7+

ClearCast Microphone

Every gaming headset has been using the wrong microphone. Even us. Until now, nobody ever went back to the beginning and challenged the status quo. All Arctis models feature a bidirectional ClearCast microphone. This re-engineered noise-canceling mic delivers incredibly clear voice communication, focusing on the user’s speech while acoustically eliminating virtually all background noise. ClearCast is setting a new bar in gaming microphones, against which all future headsets will be compared.


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*SteelSeries 7.1 Surround available on PC, stereo audio on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, VR, and Mobile

Speaker Drivers

Neodymium Drivers


Headphone Frequency Response

20-22000 Hz

Headphone Sensitivity


Headphone Impedance

32 Ohm

Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion

< 3%

Headphone Volume Control

On Ear Cup


Microphone Frequency Response

100Hz - 10000Hz

Microphone Pattern


Microphone Sensitivity

-48 db

Microphone Impedance

2200 Ohm

Microphone Noise Cancellation


Microphone Location


Microphone Mute Toggle

On Ear Cup


Connector Type

Dual 3.5mm, 3-Pole Plug or Single 3.5mm, 4-Pole Plug via included adapter

Cable Length

3m, 10ft

Cable Material



Single 3.5mm, 4-Pole Plug

Share Jack


Detachable Cable


Box Content

Product Information Guide

Arctis Introduction

Arctis 3

Main Cable

Dual 3.5mm Extension Cable

3.5mm 4-Pole Adapter

Frequently Asked Questions | Go To Our FAQ Page

How is the headband on the Arctis different from other gaming headsets?
The big problem we have seen in competitive headsets is the use of a fixed headband, which focuses a majority of the weight on a single point causing pressure points and discomfort. From our experience - there is nothing as comfortable and stable as suspending ear cups over the head with a textile band. We looked outside of the gaming industry and were heavily inspired by the stretchy, adjustable nature and breath-ability of ski goggles. The Ski Goggle Band automatically contours to every head shape and size, while evenly distributing the weight of the headset across the entire head.
What is the difference between a unidirectional mic and a bidirectional mic?
The Arctis line features a retractable bi-directional microphone that picks up sound in very narrow angles, which perfectly isolates one's voice and eliminates all background noise. To achieve this level of clarity, the position of the mic in relation to the gamer’s mouth is extremely important. We optimized the microphone design so that it pulls out to the exact location where it needs to be positioned at the corner of the mouth. It’s also physically flat to make it obvious which direction it should face.
How do I know if the Arctis 3 is the right gaming headset for me?
Great question! Arctis 3 changes everything you know about a gaming headset with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and comfort through materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctis 3 is the pure-performance model featuring SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound. Alternatively, you can use our interactive headset guide, and compare the Arctis 3 with our other gaming headsets here.
What microphone options in SteelSeries Engine 3 are unique to Arctis?
There are several microphone options available in SteelSeries Engine 3 for the Arctis ClearCast Mic. Gamers can control the amount of side-tone, personalize their microphones noise reduction, as well as hear preview how their voice sounds with the mic preview.
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Arctis 3

Arctis 3

Arctis 3 Gaming Headset brings pure performance and style, featuring SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound. Compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, Mobile, and VR.

$79.99 USD $79.99 USD

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