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Arctis 3

  • The Best Headset for Everywhere You Game
  • ClearCast, the Best Mic in Gaming
  • SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound
Choose a Free Headband | More Info Headbands are used in the Arctis ski-goggle suspension system. This promotion is exclusive to steelseries.com, while supplies last, limit 1 per order. $14.99 Value
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  • S1 Speaker Drivers

    The S1 speaker drivers are engineered to produce a detailed, balanced soundscape with ultra-low distortion, for your games, music, movies and more.

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    ClearCast Microphone

    The ClearCast mic is the best mic in gaming, delivering studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.

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  • Asset 5

    Ski Goggle Headband

    The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points.

  • Asset 4

    AirWeave Ear Cushions

    Arctis headsets feature athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions to keep your ears cool and dry.




  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog
  • SteelSeries 7.1 Surround
  • SteelSeries Engine 3 support


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog

Speaker Drivers

Neodymium Drivers

40 mm

Headphone Frequency Response

20–22000 Hz

Headphone Sensitivity

98 db

Headphone Impedance

32 Ohm

Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion

< 3%

Headphone Volume Control

On Ear Cup


Microphone Frequency Response


Microphone Pattern


Microphone Sensitivity

-48 db

Microphone Impedance

2200 Ohm

Microphone Noise Cancellation


Microphone Location


Microphone Mute Toggle

On Ear Cup


Connector Type

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

Cable Length

3 m / 10 ft

Cable Material



Single 3.5 mm, 4-Pole Plug

Share Jack


Detachable Cable


Box Content

Product Information Guide


Arctis 3

Main Cable

Dual 3.5mm Extension Cable

3.5mm 4-Pole Adapter

S1 Speaker Drivers

Gaming audio is not just one type of sound. This is why we engineered Arctis to deliver an amazing audio experience no matter what you play. Every Arctis headset includes the same speaker drivers we use in our $300 flagship headset to create a realistic and detailed sound with ultra-low distortion that rivals headphones that cost triple the price.

ClearCast - The Best Mic In Gaming

We designed the Arctis mic to be as clear as a broadcast-quality microphone. Like a broadcast mic, ClearCast picks up and reproduces an ultra-wide range of high frequencies, making your voice sound remarkably natural.

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Lightweight Design

Our goal with Arctis was to create a lightweight headset so comfortable, you'll forget you’re wearing it. We went back to the drawing board and stripped down all the unnecessary components, leaving us with a minimalistic design that’s more efficient at suspending the headset while being as light as possible.

Ski Goggle Headband

The Ski Goggle suspension band, which effortlessly wraps itself around heads of all shapes and sizes and evenly distributes the light weight of the headset. Use the simple Velcro adjustments to dial in the perfect amount of stretch, and you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing a headset.

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Customizable in SteelSeries Engine

Get the most out of your Arctis with SteelSeries Engine. Customize your surround sound, EQ settings, microphone settings, and more. SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound available only in Windows 7+.

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An Arctis For Everyone

  1. Arctis 3Arctis 3
  2. $79.99 $79.99
  3. No
  4. Analog
  5. Yes
  6. No
  7. No
    Arctis 3
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    1. Arctis 3 BluetoothArctis 3 Bluetooth
    2. $129.99 $129.99
    3. Bluetooth
    4. Analog + Bluetooth
    5. Yes
    6. No
    7. No
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      1. Arctis 5Arctis 5
      2. $99.99 $99.99
      3. No
      4. USB, Analog
      5. Yes, DTS Headphone: X
      6. Yes
      7. Yes
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        1. Arctis 7Arctis 7
        2. $149.99 $149.99
        3. Yes, lossless 2.4G
        4. USB, Analog
        5. Yes, DTS Headphone: X
        6. Yes
        7. No
          Arctis 7
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          Exclusive Accessories

          Frequently Asked Questions

          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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