Review – PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

By: Louis Edwards

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Sony recently released their latest addition to their PlayStation branded headset line. Is it worth the cash or better left on the shelf?

Read our review to find out.

When it comes to gaming sound is a key aspect to the experience. It’s not easy to replicate that full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system that you shelled out bug bucks for and really, why should you? There are times where you need to respect someone else’s audio space, and peace and quiet for others is occasionally warranted. Finding a good headset alternative to the quality your sound system produces isn’t always an easy task, and when it comes to quality headsets you generally get what you pay for.

We reviewed Astro’s A40’s a while back and while they are impressive, their $249.99 price tag will probably scare a few folks off. While they do offer top notch 7.1 surround sound and a quality that is hard to surpass, their price is still a deterrent for some. Sony’s latest headset addition, the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset priced at $99.99, does offer a lower price with a somewhat comparable experience.

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The headset itself is packaged nicely and the packaging is very sturdy. If you plan on taking this on the road to a gaming event somewhere, you’ll feel safe putting them back in the box for the trip. There is a convenient carry bag that the headset will fold up and fit into, but other than for storage around the house, it offers very little protection. A hard case would be better to protect it from the bumps that may befall it on your travels.

The headset is lightweight and wireless for PS3 and PS4 use. The ear padding is adjustable and comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. They don’t seem to breath very well though and your ears might get a little toasty at times. All of the adjustments for the headset are easy to reach while wearing, you’ll just need to make a quick note of the location for each button. The mic is hidden within the headset so there’s nothing sticking out of it and that’s a plus if you are using it for other things and not just multiplayer gaming.

81LdChNyj2L._SL1500_The sound quality is great and supports 7.1 surround sound. We cranked it up playing Call of Duty: Ghosts and the directional sounds were impressive. Explosions were ear rattling while the thump thump of a UMP .45 held to the same in-game standards of the game. Background music, as well as any MP3’s we had lying around on our PS3, sounded great as well. For multiplayer games there’s a mixamp built into the headset that allows you to equalize the game sounds vs the voice chat depending on your personal preference. Sometime listening to your team mates is a good idea, while other times they would be better off just shutting the hell up. You can adjust the volume of their chatter with the push of a button, so that’s a good thing.

With the Headset Companion App for the PlayStation 4, download custom game modes created exclusively for PlayStation by developers that are specifically tuned to enhance the audio in your favorite games. Outlast played in horror mode with all the lights turned off, is enough to scare the bejeesus out of anyone. Being completely isolated sound wise with the headset gave the game an extra depth that also raised the scare bar a little higher.

The headset also works with laptops, some smart phones and the PlayStation Vita. We used it for making a few Skype calls on the Vita and were very impressed. The sound quality on the other end was crisp and clear, and this from a mic embedded and hidden within the headset. We also used the headset on our Droid Bionic to make some calls and we were equally impressed with this. We also used them on the PC for Skype and got the same results.

81o-u2-S2yL._SL1500_We found the headset to be an all around decent choice for someone looking for a multi-purpose headset, that goes beyond gaming applications. From talking on your cell phone, to listening to music from your portable music player, to playing games on your console or PC, this headset is very versatile. While not wireless with anything other than the PS3 and PS4 might be a bit of a drawback, the provided 3.5mm jack cable is long enough to allow comfortable usage for whichever device you use.

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  • Stranger On The Road

    Question, how does it compare to the previous PlayStation Wireless headset? Other than the re-design, I don’t think I can see anything new from your review; or is there?

    Any way, one of the things I like about the PS headset is their zero configuration requirement; just plug it and use it, no other settings are needed by default. I had a limited edition Gears of War 3 Turtle Beach 5.1 headset before that [lasted for 3 months before audio stopped coming from one side]; other than dealing with the base unit, there was the audio changes to be done on the console. But it had the advantage of working on both the PS3 and XB360.

    I like the wireless headset; I wish that Sony would release one for the XB1 as well*. There has to be a market for that as well for people like me.

    * Note to fanboys, there is more to Sony than just the PlayStation division.

  • ftwrthtxTG

    They are more comfortable than the previous ones and the design makes them more durable i think.

    Sony really should have just branded these as Sony Gold Wireless Headset and marketed them for everything from cell phones to all consoles. They really are very versatile and the battery life is pretty good so far.

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