Australian audio tech company Rode has unveiled a new line of gaming microphones, suitable for Twitch streamers and gaming PC enthusiasts alike. Dubbed Rode X, the new division comes along with a new virtual mixing suite that could challenge existing solutions from the likes of Elgato.
Rode X’s launch range consists of two gaming microphone options, the XDM-100 and XCM-50. If you’re familiar with Rode’s existing hardware lineup, you’ll no doubt recognize the XCM-50, as it’s a condenser microphone that almost looks like the NT-USB. Its dynamic counterpart, the XDM-100, is also similar to the Procaster, but has USB-C connectivity instead of XLR.
In a press release, Rode says that it has been developing its new gaming PC series for three years. In addition, the company’s CEO Damien Wilson says the brand “marks an exciting new era” that aims to “shape the future of audio for streaming and gaming”.
Rode says other top contenders for gaming mics will join the XDM-100 and XCM-50 in 2023 and beyond. However, the Australian company hopes to improve its high-end hardware with Unify – a virtual mixing solution that unlocks digital signal processing features and offers a range of useful streaming tools. The software comes with Rode X microphones, but also works with other audio devices and its capabilities match Elgato’s Wave Link toolkit.
Rode is already a force to be reckoned with in the audio tech scene, so reputation alone can entice Twitch streamers and content creators to join the group. Of course, the proof is in the performance pudding, and as we’re currently working on our Rode X XDM-100 review, we think the dynamic mic is a worthy heavy hitter.