Between Bluetooth and the three.5mm headset jack on the DualShock four controller, the PlayStation 4 platform gives a whole lot of choices for gaming headsets. This hasn’t stopped Sony from providing its personal line of headsets, like the wonderful Platinum Wireless Headset we examined final 12 months. The corporate just lately refreshed its Gold Headset, which has the same design and a decrease $99.99 value. It does not really feel fairly as luxurious or sound fairly pretty much as good because the higher-end mannequin, however if you wish to keep wi-fi with out spending a lot cash it is a very strong alternative.
The Gold Headset is comparable in design to the Platinum Headset, however barely easier and with no uncovered metallic. It consists of two thick, round earcups related by a one-piece horseshoe-shaped headband. The headscarf is wrapped in black fake leather-based, and the frivolously padded over-ear earpads are coated in the identical materials. As a substitute of utilizing telescoping arms at every finish of the scarf, the earcups are hooked up to an inner mechanism that permits you to slide them up and down on the scarf with out increasing or contracting the headset. Plastic L and R marks on the scarf point out every earcup, although when you alter the earcups excessive on the scarf they’re going to block the markings.
The headset is fairly comfy, however the gentle padding of the round earcups can really feel a bit cramped for bigger ears. Each inexpensive wired headsets just like the Astro Gaming A10 and pricier wi-fi headsets just like the PlayStation Platinum Headset and Astro Gaming A20 are simpler to put on for longer durations of time.
The entire connections and controls sit on the sting of the left earcup. The entrance edge holds a skinny rocker swap that adjusts the steadiness between recreation and chat audio. Following that edge down towards the again are a pinhole microphone, an influence/mode swap that toggles between customary and bass enhance modes, a three.5mm jack, a micro USB port, a mic button, a quantity rocker, and at last a button to activate digital encompass sound on the highest of the again of the earcup.
In contrast to most gaming headsets, the PlayStation Gold does not have a growth microphone. It depends on a pinhole mic on the left earcup. That is just like the microphone on the Platinum headset, and on the 1More Spearhead gaming headset for PCs. For a pinhole mic it sounds moderately clear, and is dependable for in-game voice chat. Nevertheless, if you wish to file or stream your video games on the web and have clear commentary, it is best to think about a wired headset with a growth mic for a clearer sound, just like the Astro Gaming A10.
Relatively than connecting on to the PlayStation four utilizing Bluetooth, the Gold makes use of a USB dongle for a greater wi-fi connection. The dongle is a straightforward black USB stick that plugs into the entrance of the PS4 or PS4 Pro, with a blue gentle on the entrance to point when the headset is related. The headset comes pre-paired with the dongle, and can routinely connect with your PS4 once you flip it on. The USB adapter means you do not have to fuss with Bluetooth and the headset can settle for increased high quality audio than Bluetooth permits, nevertheless it does deplete one of many two USB ports on the PS4. For those who even have PlayStation VR, that is each USB ports accounted for and none obtainable for charging your controllers or utilizing them with a wired connection.
Whereas Sony clearly designed the Gold Headset to be used with the PS4, it may work with different units. It confirmed up as a generic wi-fi headset once we plugged it right into a Home windows 10 take a look at pc, and labored completely effective this manner. PC use is not formally supported, however we did not have any issues. The three.5mm port additionally allows you to use the headset wired, plugged into your DualShock four’s headset jack or some other machine that works with a three.5mm connection, even with the headset turned off. Sony does not specify how lengthy the Gold’s battery lasts, however we examined it for a number of hours without having to cost it once more.
For a gaming headset, the Gold is surprisingly underwhelming by way of bass. It offers with low frequency sounds very conservatively, not making an attempt to achieve into the sub-bass vary. This implies our bass take a look at observe, The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” comes by way of at most quantity with no distortion. It additionally implies that it does not sound notably highly effective and even borderline unsafe at high quantity ranges, which we anticipate to see in headsets and headphones to supply wiggle room for comfy listening at decrease volumes.
Regardless of the shortage of deep bass, the Gold Headset does not have a skinny or tinny sound. It handles low-mids capably, and treats increased frequencies with finesse. The opening guitar notes in Sure’ “Roundabout” present quantity of string texture, and whereas the electrical bass does not get a lot energy, the observe manages to sound pretty wealthy.
The Gold Headset has simulated 7.1-channel encompass sound when related to a PS4. Because it has solely two drivers (one for every ear), the simulated encompass impact will not provide you with notably good directional imaging, and will not present a lot of a tactical benefit. Nevertheless, the blending used to supply the impact is superb at making video games sound significantly better than stereo mixes, producing the phantasm of a wider soundstage even when you’ll be able to’t pinpoint the sources of these sounds.
Nier: Automata‘s superlative soundtrack sounds superb on the Gold Headset. The sport’s wonderful rating comes by way of clearly, with loads of low-mid presence to provide the music weight. The high-mids and excessive frequency-heavy sound results and voices might be simply heard by way of the headset, neither combating amongst themselves or with the rating to your consideration.
Whereas simulated encompass cannot provide you with impression of whether or not an audio supply is in entrance of or behind you, it may produce sense of lateral imaging, because of the blending of the left and proper drivers. This comes by way of in Warframe, the place the poppy and punchy high-mids of gunfire are combined properly sufficient that left-to-right positioning might be made out.
The Sony PlayStation Gold Wi-fi Headset is a strong and inexpensive accent that makes some concessions in consolation for its $100 value. It’s totally interesting in order for you a succesful wi-fi PS4 or PC headset and you do not wish to spend greater than $100, although you could find better-feeling and better-sounding headsets when you’re keen to go together with a wired possibility or spend extra for a greater wi-fi mannequin. The Astro Gaming A10 continues to be a superb alternative at $60, and even wired it is handy to make use of with a PS4 by simply plugging it into your gamepad. The Steelseries Arctis 7, the Astro Gaming A20, and Sony’s personal PlayStation Platinum Headset all really feel nicer and provide extra highly effective sound with out wires, however you may be spending nearer to $150 for any of these choices.