These six headsets will keep the game action loud and clear, but keep the wife or girlfriend happy and quiet.
With next generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pushing the visual fidelity of interactive entertainment, game developers are still pushing the limits of surround sound with the latest games like Sony’s Killzone: Shadow Fall, Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 4 and Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. The following headsets will bring all the virtual action to life while keeping your living room or den quiet for those latenight gaming sessions.
A50 Wireless Headset, Astro Gaming, $300
Astro Gaming has been at the forefront of pro gaming. When hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line, many top pros wear these A50 wireless headphones. The 5.8GHZ wireless technology offers crystal clear audio in Dolby Digital 7.1. The Astro MixAmp allows these headphones to work with any gaming platform out there. DICE fans can pick up the Battlefield 4 A50s and hear every gunshot and explosion like it was happening in your home.
Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones, Beats by Dr Dre, $300
Beats by Dr Dre has redesigned its Beats Studio over-ear headphones. This new edition is lighter and slightly smaller than previous iterations. The new Beats Studio is also more comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. The batteries last 20 hours and the Adaptive Noise Canceling technology makes them great for long plane rides (while gaming on your PS Vita, iPad or laptop). These headphones also manage to look cooler than in the past, which seems to go a long way these days in the crowded custom headphones market.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Ear Force Phantom Limited Edition Gaming Headset, Turtle Beach, $220
You don’t have to be a fan of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts game to hear the beauty of the game’s soundtrack and intense special effects, but it sure helps. These wireless headphones look cool with the Ghosts logo and offer 15 hours of battery life between charges in the USB port (no power cables required). The dual band Wi-Fi mic works great for talking trash while playing online with no interference.
GameCom Commander, Plantronics, $200
PC gamers can take command of their battlefield with these Plantronics headphones straight from the pro gaming world. League of Legends pros wear these headphones as they vie for the millions of dollars Riot Games offers each season. With 7.1 Dolby stereo surround sound and a noise-canceling microphone, these lightweight headphones come with a travel case, USB sound card, QuickDisconnect adapters, and headband identity patch to take the battle anywhere you go. They’re also customizable with a laser-etched, limited edition serial number and customizable headband identity patch.
G4ME ZERO, Sennheiser, $280
Sennheiser’s G4ME ZERO packs new Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement technology that’s been designed to channel the signal straight to your eardrums with a massive frequency range of 10Hz-26kHz. That means your games will sound a lot better. This headset is extremely comfortable with dual layered XXL memory foam earpads cloaked in leatherette for a tight, form-fitting seal to keep the game sound in and the real world out. These headphones are good for both PC gaming and Macs (through a pack-in PCV 05 Audio Combo adapter).
PRO40 High-Performance Headphones Gold, Munitio, $200
These are the coolest looking headphones in this bunch. They feature high efficiency, low distortion, 40mm titanium-coated dynamic drivers, which deliver a more precise and detailed sound experience throughout the entire frequency range. The video game action sounds awesome even as you move around thanks to CODA AXIS in-line gimbal technology, which provides each ear-cup a full range of motion to maximize comfort without disturbing the speaker drivers. Munitio has just cut the price by $150, making them a great buy for gaming, music or any form of entertainment. The PRO40 comes with a three-button [M]ic Control cable and a 24K gold-plated 3.5 mm stereo plug to maintain signal purity and call functionality.