The Official Sony PlayStation 4 Platinum Headset Review

The Official Sony PlayStation 4 Platinum Headset Review
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

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A Headset Built by Sony: Exclusively for the PS4

The PlayStation 4 Platinum is the newest iteration of gaming headsets by Sony. The Platinum headset improves on the design and build of its predecessors, the Gold and Silver headsets. The Platinum delivers a slick, modern look with no tacky visual elements. The headset comes in black with brushed plastic on the sides of the headband and textured matte plastic on the cups themselves, it’s beautiful. If you’re in the market for a quality gaming headset, then look no further. The PlayStation 4 Platinum was made specifically for the console. With its premium look and feel, features and attention to detail, it is undoubtedly the best PS4 headset.

On the top of the headset, you’ll find the two-piece headband that has an inner rubber band for head suspension and an outer aluminum piece that looks absolutely stunning. This also translates into the build quality, leaving the headset feeling very tough and sturdy. Around where the ear cups meet the headband, there are hinges that allow a minor extent of swivel. Twising too much may cause damage.

In addition, the headband folds up, making the headset a little more portable. Despite granting some level of mobility, these hinge points don’t feel fragile in the least. Once you fold the headset up, it fits very easily inside the stunning, official PlayStation embroidered carrying pouch that you get included.

Key Features of the Sony PS4 Platinum

Everything that makes contact with your head is covered by comfortable foam cushions. All of the headset’s weight feels nicely distributed and there are no noticeable points of pressure. The headset may look a little bulky visually but that does not translate into how it feels. It is possible to game on the PlayStation Platinum headset for hours without even feeling its presence, like xbox one headsets.

Almost all of the buttons and control switches are located on the left ear cup. Starting from the top, you have your chat and game sound adjustment slider. In addition, an on/off switch, a mute button, a volume rocker, a micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm jack. On the right ear cup, you get a 3D audio button and a mode button. The mode button allows you to pick between two different preset modes.

Standard mode and a secondary bass boost mode. You also get a sidetone feature that lets you hear your own voice through the headset. By long pressing the button, you get three settings to choose from high, low or off. You can assign custom profiles to these mode buttons seamlessly via the PHC, PlayStation Headset companion. A USB dongle is provided with the headset to allow wirelessly use.

Sound Quality of the Sony PS4 Platinum

The headset can be used from a distance of about 7m, which is fairly standard as wireless headsets go. Even at a distance, there isn’t much in the way of distortion or audio cutting out abruptly. Sony doesn’t actually state the battery life but in practice, it seemed to be around 9-12 hours long. For a single charge, this is really impressive considering the headset only takes 3 hours to fully charge up.

Sony also provides a headset application to download for free from the PlayStation Network. The app allows you to tweak various parameters of the headset to your liking. You can adjust the EQ manually via the 3 band EQ or use one of the provided presets. There are a host of pre-made sound profiles for games, movies and music genres. You can customize any of these profiles to your full heart’s desire.

The PlayStation Platinum 4 headset is powered by big 50mm audio drivers that offer great sound fidelity. Instead of the usual Dolby Surround sound, Sony provides its own alternative known simply as 3D audio. Switching to 3D audio can be achieved by using the toggle switch. Going from stereo to 3D is incredibly snappy and allows you to effortlessly experiment the feature with different sources.

The Best Playstation 4 Platinum Headset

Sony’s 3D audio is best experienced inside games. After all, that’s what it was primarily designed for. As soon as you toggle the switch, you’ll be hit by the sheer breadth of the aural footprint. The ambient sounds make the whole soundstage come to life. Game developers plan to incorporate the 3D audio feature into their games as time goes on. For now, there are a handful of Sony games that support it.

Games like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Days Gone. Uncharted 4 incorporates 3D game audio in an astonishing fashion. There are accurate simulations for sounds that are above or below the player. Dialogue levels for the characters are boosted depending on their distance relative to your position and environmental sounds are widened, resulting in breathtaking game immersion.

The microphone of the PlayStation Platinum is embedded into the ear cups itself, leaving it completely out of the way. There are two additional mics on the back of the cups that cancel out any background noise. Voices can sometimes sound a bit boxed in due to the actual positioning of the mic inside the earcup. This shouldn’t pose much of an issue if you only plan to use the microphone to talk in-game.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, she likes adventures and chocolate sprinkles!

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