PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset review

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is the latest in a long line of gaming headsets. Sony hasn’t changed the fact that every new PlayStation console comes with a new PlayStation headset yet.

The first Sony gaming headset, the Wireless Stereo Headset, came out on the PS3. Then, on the PS4, the Gold Wireless Stereo Headset came out, and on the PS5, the Sony PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset came out. The new PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset sounds great, just like its predecessors. It has stereo and surround sound with a lot of detail, just like its predecessors. But the fact that it supports 3D Tempest AudioTech and has other new features makes it probably the best PS5 headset you can get.

It’s at least one of the best PS5 headsets on the market right now. The headset is different from regular wired headphones because it has features like monitoring the mic and setting different levels for chat and game audio. The mic quality is also pretty good, all things considered.

Even though it has some flaws—its 12-hour battery dies quickly, it’s not the best-built headset, and the 3D effect needs some fine-tuning—the Pulse 3D is a solid PS5 headset that we’d recommend you get when the console comes out.

PS5 PULSE 3D WIRELESS HEADSET: PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

The official release date for the white Sony PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset was October 30, 2020. It came out almost two weeks before the PS5 came out on November 12, and in October 2021, a Midnight Black version came out. They work with both the PS5 and the PS4, and they are a step up from the Sony Platinum Wireless Headset for the PS4, which came out in 2017.

The price of the Sony Pulse 3D Headset is $99, £89.99, or AU$159. This may seem expensive compared to the prices of other third-party headsets, but it’s not too bad when you think about everything the Pulse 3D has to offer.

Also, if you’re looking for other options, you could check out the Turtle Beach Recon 200, which works with the PS5 and costs only $49.99 / £29.99 / AU$77.99. However, the sound quality and overall set of features will be lower with this headset. For now, the PlayStation Pulse seems to be the best PS5 headset in terms of how well it works for the price.

PS5 PULSE 3D WIRELESS HEADSET: PERFORMANCE

Setting up the headset is as easy as plugging the included dongle into one of the PS5’s USB ports and turning the headset on. The console will automatically connect to the headset and send all sound to it instead of the TV’s speakers. You can also use the dongle by plugging it into a PC’s USB port, but you won’t get surround sound that way.

Once everything is hooked up, the Pulse 3D Wireless actually sounds good, with good stereo sound and simulated surround sound. Songs on Spotify didn’t have as much detail or clarity as they did on other traditional headphones, and games like Fall Guys or Genshin Impact didn’t benefit much from the headphones, but overall, the stereo and simulated surround experience was decent, if not quite impressive.

Of course, the main reason you’ll want to buy the Pulse 3D Wireless is that it works with Sony’s new Tempest 3D AudioTech, which is being used in all of its first-party games to make the sound more realistic and immersive. In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, using the Pulse 3D meant hearing more realistic city sounds, while in Sackboy: A Big Adventure, every sound effect had a clear direction.

At first, there weren’t many games that worked with 3D Tempest AudioTech. At first, there was only Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, Astro’s Playroom, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Demon’s Souls. Since then, that has grown to include Gran Turismo 7, Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon: Forbidden West, Resident Evil Village, and a lot more.

Due to the limited nature of the 3D sound, none of the games we tried with the headphones so far sounded as immersive as, say, a Dolby Atmos movie. Still, being able to try out the 3D AudioTech was better than not being able to hear it at all.

We talked to friends on PS5 with the headset and family on Google Meet through our laptop over the course of a few weeks. Both of them said we sounded fine, but not as clear as a bell, and that it was like using a speakerphone. The Pulse 3D Headset has a built-in mic monitoring feature that lets you hear yourself when you speak. It’s a nice feature for first-person shooters, where the action can sometimes drown out chat audio, so you can be sure to be heard clearly.

Sony says that the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset should last about 12 hours on a single charge, and we found that to be pretty accurate, give or take an hour depending on how loud we listened to music and if we forgot to turn them off when we were done for the day.

Unfortunately, 12 hours is about three hours less than similar headphones from Astro, Razer, Turtle Beach, and other companies. This shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, though, unless you’re the type of person who always forgets to plug in their headphones at the end of the day. (Don’t worry, we’ve done the same thing.)

Overall, the headset worked much better than we expected. It isn’t the best in terms of clarity or soundstage, but its solid performance, ease of setup, and support for 3D Tempest AudioTech should be enough to make most gamers happy.

PS5 PULSE 3D WIRELESS HEADSET: SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

Buy it if…

You’re buying a PS5 and plan to chat online

As the de facto PS5 headset, the Pulse 3D Wireless should be one of the first accessories you buy for the new console as it enhances the experience and allows you to talk with friends.

You want to see what Sony’s Tempest 3D AudioTech is all about

It’s not the most immersive headset we’ve ever worn, but the Pulse 3D Wireless does do a fair job of conveying depth of sound, especially after you go in and tweak the height of the sound. It’s no Dolby Atmos killer, but it’s a decent alternative.

You want a no-muss, no-fuss gaming headset

Some wireless headsets are an absolute pain to setup. Thankfully, setting up the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset couldn’t be easier. It works seamlessly from the moment you plug it in, and we never experienced any issue with drop outs or connectivity issues.

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