Top 5 Best Gaming Headsets
The Audio Part Of The Equation
With the highly advanced, realistic graphics of contemporary video games, there’s a ton of emphasis on the viewing experience while playing. Gamers put a lot of money into high end monitors, take advantage of gold-plated HDMI hook-ups, and go through all sorts of trouble to make their games look as crisp, clear, and real as possible.
However, video games are an audio/visual medium. While making the visuals look amazing definitely aids in successful game play, it’s equally important to make the audio sound as good as possible. Headsets with features like noise cancellation, HD audio, and simulated surround sound enhance the gaming experience. Additionally, for games that employ live chat, a high quality microphone is also essential so that your voice comes through well. A great headset can take a game from home entertainment to a totally immersive experience. Here are five of my favourites.
1. Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400
One of the best things about the XP400 is that they’re wireless; there’s no danger of anything getting disconnected at the height of the excitement. It offers Dolby surround sound, allowing you to hear everything directionally in the gaming environment. The rechargeable battery lasts about 15 hours, making this headset perfect for a longer gaming set. Finally, you can still stay connected with the outside world while you’re playing, as the BlueTooth-enabled XP400 allows you to take phone calls even while the game is going on. Priced in the mid-range, this headset is a good set for gamers on a budget who don’t want to compromise on sound quality.
2. Sennheiser G4ME One
The Sennheiser name is synonymous with outstanding audio performance, and the G4ME One headset does not disappoint. The sound is completely clean, and the bass is truly impressive. The three-metre cable is long enough to give you some range of motion as you play, and the lightweight headset fits snugly and comfortably. While the G4ME One offers fantastic audio engineering for your games, you definitely pay for the privilege, as this is one of the pricier headsets out there.
3. Razer Kraken 7.1
The fully immersive 7.1 virtual surround sound is the big selling point for this USB headset; its multiple positional sound drivers puts you right in a game’s environment. Plus, all of the drivers are adjustable, so you can customise your Kraken 7.1 exactly as you’d like it. The high quality microphone is retractable so it won’t get in your way, and it’s extremely comfortable to wear. Finally, the whole headset is foldable, making it a highly portable choice.
4. Plantronics GameCom 788
If you are looking for a headset that’s the perfect compromise between price and quality, you’d do very well to consider the GameCom 788. The Dolby 7.1 surround sound and rich bass offer a fully immersive gaming experience, and the microphone has noise cancellation so that you’re heard loud and clear. It’s compatible with Windows PCs, making it a great value choice for PC-based gamers.
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5. Logitech G930
A substantial upgrade on previous Logitech headset models, the G930 is a bit pricier than earlier iterations but offers a lot for the money. Features include wireless range of 12 metres, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, a boom microphone with noise cancellation, and three buttons on the side of the headset that are fully programmable. The ability to customise the G930 with these buttons gives you a big advantage over your opponents, and the ten hour battery life (between charges) will keep you in the game for a long time. This headset is compatible with Windows and PS4 systems.
A whole load of sound, features and comfort – that’s what the current generation of gaming headsets is all about. What’s your pick?