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Packaged in a neat little box, completely free of plastic, you get the headset, some instructions and the detachable microphone arm.
The design features a dark blue camouflage pattern, which they’ve named rather stylistically, midnight camo. At first glance up close you could be mistaken for thinking the frame of the headset is made from some type of paper because of the finish but you’ll be glad to know it’s actually a flexible plastic.
The frame has an unusual waxy feel to it, almost as though it’s rough and smooth at the same time. Each ear cup is adorned with the PlayStation logo and the top of the headband is embossed with the 4Gamers logo. The padding is soft and squashy yet also firm and the inside of the ear cups has a soft velvety fabric. It’s ideal for those long gaming sessions thanks to how comfortable it feels, each ear cup allows a slight bit of movement as well so it doesn’t remain rigid like some other headsets might and it helps add to the overall comfort factor.
The headset 4Gamers have made here feels almost impossibly light, almost as though it doesn’t weigh anything at all and that, understandably, might make you think that it would be fragile. Thankfully it is surprisingly durable, I bent it, twisted it and generally put it through its paces and it springs back to its regular shape no problem without any indication I had ever performed any kind of stress testing at all. It definitely feels sturdy enough that it’d be very difficult to break accidentally. It does feel a little wobbly when the headset is extended to its maximum though and being that my head isn’t big enough to fill that space properly I can’t say how well it would hold up during use.
When you do have it adjusted to fit your head, it’s snug and comfortable, it doesn’t feel like it’s about to pop your head from squeezing and also doesn’t feel as though it’s about to fall off either, so no worries if you want to use this one along with your VR headset.
The headset is designed to be used when plugged into your DS4 controller so the cable you get isn’t the longest, given that most people’s arms aren’t six feet long the length is perfect, it even has an in line box for controlling the volume or turning the microphone on and off.
The microphone itself is on a detachable arm that gets plugged into the left ear cup, it has a twist and lock feature so you don’t have to worry about it falling off when you’re playing. It has a rigid flexibility to it so you can adjust it to be where you want it and it’ll stay where you put it. Having the microphone be detachable is a great design choice rather than having it on an arm that you lift out of the way because it means you don’t have to worry about if the mic is on when you don’t want to be heard and if you want to be focused in a game it’s also not waggling about in your periphery.
When it comes to the sound of the device 4Gamers have outdone themselves, I usually like to test out a new headset by playing a horror game and this one did not disappoint. I tried it out primarily with the remake of Resident Evil 2. Every crack, door squeak, bang and zombie growl can be heard so well it almost sounds amplified and it provides a feeling of dread I had not yet experienced with that game. Having finished it multiple times I had thought the scare jar empty by now and I have this headset to thank for bringing the tension back.
When it comes to using the microphone it can be heard by the other person clearly without any distortions or breaking up. If you only use this headset as a chat device you’ll find rather unusually that the sound only comes from the left ear cup, the one with the microphone plugged in.
This is a great headset and for the price you can’t go wrong, it’s far superior to other headsets I’ve used so far and well worth the price at £29.99. If you’re in the market for a new one, this headset is definitely worth some consideration.