LOS ANGELES – Companies launch a lot of new gaming headsets at E3. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Some are good, some are bad, but most follow pretty much the same pattern: a headband, two earcups and a boom mic. LucidSound’s LS15, on the other hand, is a very different type of gaming headset: a speaker you wear around your neck that gives you a personalized listening experience without taking you out of the real world.

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I saw the LS15 (as well as the rest of LucidSound’s new lineup) at E3 2017, and it was one of the more creative peripherals I’ve encountered in a while. The device is a semicircular piece of plastic that you wear like a necklace. The LS15 delivers both in-game and chat audio, and you can control the mix between the two with small sliders. The device also includes a set of detachable earbuds in case you want to completely privatize your experience, and it connects wirelessly to the Xbox One without requiring a dongle or adapter.

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