It’s my birthday this month, so I’ve decided to treat myself with a new headset, and why not get the official PlayStation headset? Here’s my thoughts about it, but I’m no audiophile, so for those expecting something about hertz and gigastuff, you’ve come to the wrong review… but their are plenty of pictures!
So I’ll start off with how easy it is to unpackage, pretty easy, it came in a nice box (and Sony did their signature thing, box-ception (box in a box) but for some reason, they’ve named it Stereo Headset 2.0 but when they announced it, it was named Gold, and that sounds cooler so I’m sticking with that. The whole package just screams Sony, from the box inside a box to the short cables, if the whole product/packaging was blank, you’d be able to tell it was Sony that made this. First of all, on the picture above is the box it came in, and below is the box inside the box:
This is how the headset was when I opened it, but it came in a thin, long plastic bag, which was a pain to get off.
Underneath here is a small black box.
box inside a box inside a box….
What’s in the box you ask? Well I’ll tell you anyway: It came with:
A Micro-USB Charging Cable (30cm)
A Jack-Jack adapter so you can plug it into your PS Vita/Phone(1.5m~)
A Playstation Bag to put your headphones in
Safety use guide
Quick start guide
And most importantly, a connector USB
That’s everything that came in the box, let’s have a look at the headset, shall we?
The headsets ear cuffs are huge, and definitely go over your ear. As you can see in the photo above, they’re tilted inside to help with the surround sound and also make it comfier, the black cushions are pretty nice as well, and are a lot softer than I thought they would be. There’s also the same style cushioning just above where the top of your head is:
As you’ve seen in a couple of the photos there’s buttons on the left side of the headset, you can control the volume, mute the microphone, turn on or off the 7.1 VSS, choose to make sound/chat louder and also a selector for 2 profiles, which I’ll get into in a bit. That side of the headset also holds the charger and jack input. The headset, as you’ve probably guessed it can fold up, here’s a photo of it folded up, and another of it in the bag:
This is quite nice how it folds up, but it’s a bit of a pain as well, if you hold the headset by the ear cuff part, the whole headset will collapse,so it’s best to hold it from the top (even so if you hold it sideways, the top end will fall in, here:
This isn’t too much of a bother though, being as I’m going to be wearing it more than holding it on it’s side or in a strange position. My previous headset was the Tritton Kunai, and the cable set up to get 100% of the sound out of the TV for the PS3 was ridiculous, and wearing them now seems like such a downgrade. Being able to just pause, getting something to eat without taking the headsets off seems like a godsend to me. The range on them are pretty good too, I can walk to the other side of the house without it disconnecting. How long does it take to connect? well once you’ve plugged the USB in and turned it on, you get the initial ‘I’m on’ beep, and then after to confirm you’re connected, after timing it it’s a measly 5 seconds. So let’s get into the nitty gritty bits then:
The sound quality is top notch, with no recognizable input lag whatsoever testing them out on The Last Of Us, Ratchet and Clank: Nexus, Outlast, and a few films and a couple hours of music, I couldn’t have asked for a better headset for the price of £80/EUR100/$100. The VSS was amazing on The Last Of Us, and if you’ve played Ratchet & Clank: Nexus, the sound design is brilliant and sounded even better with the headset on.
I’ve been charging it while I’m not using it, so battery hasn’t been a problem with me, even after about 3 hours of gaming only 1 out of 4 bars were gone, I’m not entirely sure how long it lasts in total, but the US PS Blog says 8 hours, which is good enough for me 🙂
Wait, Does It Have A Microphone?
Yep. The only reason I knew where it was is because I watched the promotional video, otherwise I wouldn’t have known. After seeing it I wasn’t too sure about how good it was going to be, a 1mm hole, and after testing it out on skype, it’s a lot better than I expected it to be:
The microphone is only visible when the earpiece is all the way down, when in normal use you can’t see it (unless you have a big head, of course).
Much like what happened with GTA V and the Playstation Pulse headset, you can have personalized sound types for each game, so say you’re playing a game where you want the bass to be quite dominant, like a shooter where you want to hear those explosions, then you could set that game to profile #1, and say you’re playing another game like Assassins Creed, and you want the Treble/Mid to be dominant, you could set that to profile #2 to hear those awesome shanties! Developers also have the option to customize profiles for their games, and the first PS4 game to have a custom sound profile for it will be inFamous: Second Son, and I can’t wait! There isn’t currently an app for it on mobiles/Ps Vita, but there is on PS4 and PS3, so if you want to customize the output, download them from the PS Store.
Well, with all the features it has it has to make some sacrifices, and although they are brilliant, I certainly would do any sort of drop test on them, the hinges don’t seem to hold up that well, like I mentioned above, and rather than clipping into place, they fold and aren’t very strong. Other than that however, they seem to be pretty good, the earpieces itself are built brilliantly, and the opposite side where the PS logo has a rubbery feel to it, which is quite nice.
So to end this article, this headset is the best headset I’ve purchased, and I’m over the moon that I have. They’re comfortable, they sound great, they’re easy to set up, with a couple of flaws. What else could you want from a headset that cost £80?