We Recommend The PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset For
Got a PlayStation 4? Do you game mostly on a PS4? Then the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo headset is the only thing you should look at. For those who game on PCs, this is a decent competition to the many other models and brands in the market. If you can get these babies for less than $100 then by all means go get them but for PC gamers, there are better alternatives in the market in the $100 to $200 bracket. However, PlayStation gamers need not look beyond the Gold Wireless and if you really want a better wireless headset, take a look at the Platinum wireless stereo headset from PlayStation!
- A Headset for Gamers: Experience everything from the big booms to whisper-quiet warnings in stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound and chat with friends through the hidden noise cancelling microphone.
- Developed by PlayStation: With the Headset Companion App, download custom game modes created exclusively for PlayStation by developers that are specifically tuned to enhance the audio in your favorite games
- Stylish Comfort: Slip into comfort you can enjoy for hours and a look you can take anywhere. Further customize your look by swapping out the removable faceplates for something more your style.
PlayStation Gold Headset Introduction
“PlayStation Gold Wireless” – not something that many can immediately associate with a headset unless you are a fan of anything PlayStation. When Jim (our resident PlayStation geek) suggested trying either the Gold or Platinum wireless headset from PlayStation, I was left making up reasons why not to. My only real reason to deny this into our list of headphones was that I had no idea what it was and the fact that branded headsets generally tend to fall flat when compared with other similarly priced headsets. However, PlayStation and Sony in particular have outdone themselves and proven me wrong once again. These headsets are not just sublime in their appearance with a continuous curve but equally enthralling to the ear. PlayStation says that the audio experience is geared towards gamers exclusively.
PlayStation Gold Wireless, good to know does not only target PlayStation users but the whole gamer’s community. The accompanying accessories include a micro-USB recharging cable, a travel pouch but above all a wireless adapter and a 3.5mm audio cable. Gaming in the wireless mode or using the wireless adapter lets you experience 7.1 virtual surround sound while chatting with friends through the hidden microphones that are noise cancelling too. Probably the biggest plus for the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is that it looks so chic that you can wear it out to the local disco and everyone will keep gazing towards you with amazement.
PlayStation Gold Headset Design
Full marks to Sony for the radical design. I think the folks down at PlayStation labs looked at the existing Sony wireless headsets and compared it to the PlayStation 4, suddenly felt that the headphones looked nothing like their console and decided to rectify the situation. Side by side, the headphones and the PlayStation 4 look made for each other. The same subtle lines and dramatic curves are evident on the Gold Wireless. Yup, it looks next generation and probably already is. Where is the microphone? Timothy suddenly asked after the initial unboxing and it was then that I was concerned whether this really had a mic or we made a mistake. Turns out the microphone’s hidden somewhere inside the entire unit. And yet again Sony has managed to take things a few notches up.
Speaking of the design, take a look at the accessories. The pouch to hold all of the accessories is cute as always but it is the wireless adapter that caught our attention. With this you can use the headset with your computer or laptop too! Now isn’t that great? Of course you get the 3.5mm jack that lets you switch over to your smartphone or music player if you don’t have wireless service or just want to conserve battery. By the way, this headset is rechargeable and charges quick.
PlayStation Gold Headset Specifications
When Sony makes its products, it isn’t as much about the specifications as much as it is about performance. Whatever said and done, Sony knows how to beat competition without pumping out top specs. The PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo headsets aren’t as decked out as the Platinum Wireless unit but they are at par when it comes to sound reproduction. If you plan on using this headset mostly with your PlayStation 4 then forget every other headset we have reviewed because this is designed to provide you with mind blowing audial performance. For those who want to multi-task and play around though, there are a few caveats. Using the 3.5mm jack relies on the batteries of the headset for the surround sound experience and sound signal processing. The moment the batteries die, you will experience a significant drop in quality. The same goes for PC gaming too.
PlayStation Gold Headset Performance and Feel
There is a slight break-in period involved with the Gold Wireless gaming headset. This break in period is associated with the design of the ear pads that sit on your ear rather than around them. Basically, in the brand new condition the elasticity of the headband isn’t yet in sync with your head width, especially if you have a wide girth like I do. However, after a couple of days, you will start noticing the reduced pressure on your ears and by the end of a week, they should feel a lot more comfortable. Thankfully, there is no break in period associated with the sound signature thanks to the intelligent headphones. The USB wireless plug isn’t where the processing happens. All of that happens right inside the headset. This is why it is so important to keep the headset charged. Good news though, you can charge it for about an hour and get around 2 to 3 hours of playback. Best suggestion is to charge it every time you take a food or drinks break.
The microphone has no complications whatsoever. Somehow it manages to produce clear voices and with a PlayStation, the voice reproduction is even better. As long as you are playing on a PlayStation you should do fine. The real nagging issues crop up with PC gaming and the funny thing is, Sony isn’t to blame. If you have used Razer headsets before or Razer products in the past, like we did, then you are in for a really torrid time. There is this piece of bloatware that Razer installs called, GameScannerService.exe that horribly screws up your PC gaming experience as it introduces stutter in the audio and at times even a crackle. Just search for this service and remove it to get back the sound quality and performance.
Coming to the feel of the headset, it is a bit on the flimsy side. The complete thing is plastic and it does not inspire confidence when you can feel the plastic flexing under high tension. Nonetheless, for the price it retails at, this is a minor drawback. After all, Sony had to cut corners somewhere and we are glad they did not decide to that with the sound quality or the microphone.
PlayStation Gold Headset Pros
- Cutting edge design, almost seems out of a sci-fi movie. You can wear these outside connecting it to your phone or mp3. People will look at you sideways and comment on the whacky design.
- This headphone is the PlayStation 4’s dream girl. It is what every PlayStation 4 has wet dreams on. Performance is doubled when you connect the Gold wireless stereo headset to a PlayStation especially with its presets specific to each game.
- Thanks to the use of USB wireless adapter and 3.5mm connector, the PlayStation Gold wireless is compatible with a PC and other devices either in the wireless or wired mode.
- Even after the battery drains out, you still can use the headsets albeit with major drop in sound quality.
- The microphone is clear even though it is hidden from view, which is a good thing because it eliminates the need to remove the mic or hide it because you aren’t using it.
PlayStation Gold Headset Cons
- Construction is one area where Sony could have invested a little more into. In fact, the use of plastics everywhere is a bit disappointing knowing Sony and their penchant for making accessories that last really long.
- The microphone is hidden and because it is not the boom type, too much noise in the background will inevitably ruin team events not just for you but your teammates too.
- The battery on the headphones last 7 hours, beyond which you experience a major downgrading of the sound quality.
PlayStation Gold Headset Conclusion
The PlayStation Gold Wireless stereo headset does not just look amazing but is equally impressive with its performance. Yes, it is designed for PlayStation users but that does not mean PC gamers will miss out. Sony just concentrated a little more on pleasing its loyal PlayStation fans but ensured everyone can get to enjoy this beautiful accessory. As far as surround sound and gaming experience goes, it is at par with the best in the market. Does it cost a little too much, no not in our opinion? And my personal view is that for the whacky looks and its 3.5mm wired option, you get to multitask with this. Finally, the fact that sound processing takes place inside the headset when it is charged allows you to convert even the oldest mp3 players into a surround sound music player, without disturbing anyone around you.