Official PlayStation Headset Review
- Posted October 30th, 2008 at 13:48 EDT by
- 23 Comments
Sony first tried to appease mic-less gamers with a Warhawk bundle over a year ago. Launching at USD 59.99, consumers could pick up not only one of the best online-only games on the market, but they could grab a sweet Jabra headset at bargain bin pricing. Despite this, there were several complaints regarding the quality of the headset on all levels. Fast forward one year, and Sony is trying once again to bundle one of their flagship first-party titles, SOCOM: Confontation with a headset. Fortunately for consumers, this isn’t a third-party peripheral like before, but instead, an Official PlayStation brand accessory.
Usually when Sony slaps their PlayStation logo on the side of a product, you can expect it to be of the highest quality and deliver customer satisfaction. Fortunately, the official PlayStation headset is no stranger to this standard and completely delivers on the ergonomic and sound fronts. With a comfortable swiveling ear grasp, the Bluetooth device sits perfectly around your ear much like a pair of glasses would. The soft rubber finish and sleek design enable the user to game for long periods of time without feeling that discomfort in their ear that may occur with other headsets. The microphone is also packaged with a smaller, rubber earpiece in case the default one may be too large for your ear. As long as you’re using a piece that fits inside comfortably, you’ll be set to go.
Of course, the comfort level of this product isn’t what will set it apart from other options in the Bluetooth market. The sound quality, however, is what puts this device on a different level. Not only are voice chats with your PSN buddies crisp, clear and at a reasonable volume, but you can expect this to transfer over seamlessly to online play as well. While playing SOCOM with the headset, I could immediately tell which players in the room were owners of this product due to how clear their voices came through. On the other hand, the players who were utilizing third party headsets were cutting out a tad or their microphone levels seemed a bit low (I also asked them what they were using, so you may say I cheated a bit).
Other noteworthy factors that isn’t as important as sound and comfort include the ability to talk while charging. The charging cradle is very stylish, and comes complete with a microphone mute button that is easily accessible and has a nice futuristic red ring when fully charged (in this case it’s a good thing). The one key feature that gamers may find the most useful however is the fact that the mic activates itself once you turn it on. Whereas some Bluetooth headsets force you to activate it before each session, I was pleased to discover that this isn’t an issue with the official model.
Overall, Sony has delivered a quality peripheral that should appeal to all online enthusiasts. The comfort level and sound quality match the more expensive headsets on the market, while its smaller, less significant features make this microphone a must own product for anyone who considers themselves a master of the online realm.
- 9:55am EDT - October 30th, 2008
Impressive, yet after countless hours of online play, and three different headsets i find im repeating myself way to often, hmm... might just be me. :0
- 9:57am EDT - October 30th, 2008
I have this mic and I agree with this review 100%. Also you dont get the static feedback of your voice like you do with other mics. I still havn't figured out the HQ mode. Anyone that has the mic, Is it always active? or do you have to activate on the PS3?
- 10:02am EDT - October 30th, 2008
ya i agree, whats up the HQ and how do you enable it?
- 10:04am EDT - October 30th, 2008
You have to turn on the HQ mode on the XMB. It is in the manage devices option.
Dave-The-Rave | Dave-The-Rave
- 10:07am EDT - October 30th, 2008
Already have 2 cruddy headsets, don't really want to buy a third just to see if its any better.
- 10:22am EDT - October 30th, 2008
this head set is very good, fits amazingly in the ear, the jabra one sucked, never fit in my ear good, hard to hear anything... this one is great though
- 10:55am EDT - October 30th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... good review Dave was hoping to pick this up so now i know my money wont be going to waste
- 10:59am EDT - October 30th, 2008
i have anotherr bluetooth my sisteer bought and gave to me.i tried it and it sux pretty bad and its price was $120,yet the socom one i bought with Socom is FING AMA-ZA-ZING in every aspect and with every game i have tried it before.
5 stars for me :)
- 11:19am EDT - October 30th, 2008
I havent tried this one yet but I personally prefer the over the ear style headsets like the Logitech bluetooth headset which is also designed for the PS3. The logitech does not have HQ mode but sounds great as is and also has a mute button. When you turn it on it activates automatically too. The only downside with the logitech headset is you have to hold the mute button for a second or two for it to mute. I find that when I need to mute something it needs to be quickly (kids/family around, etc). I keep debating on getting this one though because I want socom eventually so for a little more I could get the official PS3 headset. Decisions decisions.
Reviewer, how quickly does the mute button work? Can you just tap it and it mutes or do you have to hold it for a second or so?
- 11:26am EDT - October 30th, 2008
i might pick up the bundle when i see and hear that the issues have been sorted out with the game as i was in beta and it was okay but it struggled online even in beta so wasnt suprised by all problems
- 11:47am EDT - October 30th, 2008
i really like this headset i am happy i got it with socom
- 12:46pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
hey guys i got mine with socom if you guys havn't got this official ps3 mic then you should...its lightweight it fits in your ear so perfect that you don't even realize its in your ear.....so go get it its that one missing part that you need with your ps3.
- 1:21pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
Well I am glad that I just snagged two of these from off of ebay....don't do the SOCOM ( COD4 crackhead lol)....I love ebay!
- 1:30pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
Headset I love...Socom I hate!!!
- 2:41pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
why not get the game with the mic its a bargain!!!!
- 3:08pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
I want this headset!
- 10:10pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
Why bother the playstation eye is much better.
- 11:15pm EDT - October 30th, 2008
i think i might get it just for warhawk and killzone 2.the lack of communication makes the gae harder. and i've always wanted to to say F*** you to douchbags.... just kidding.lol
- 5:46am EDT - October 31st, 2008
can we buy this from GameStop seperate?
- 6:43am EDT - October 31st, 2008
So how much is this at stand alone price?
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