It wasn’t until I went to Eurogamer 2014 that I started to use Gaming Headsets. I was completely naive to the importance of tuning in to real sounds when playing on my Playstation 4. I remember trying The Evil Within at EGX when I first clamped a Turtle Beach headset over my head. It seemed like every little droplet of blood could be heard as I meandered through the horror of The Evil Within’s demo. I left that expo with a Turtle Beach P12 headset. Fast forward almost two years and I can tell you that I sold that very same Turtle Beach headset a few weeks ago. Why? Not only do I own other Turtle Beach Headsets; I had discovered a new headset: The PlaySonic 3 by Prif Gear (compatible with the PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo DS Models, Mac and PC). I put out this video to share my delight in this newly discovered product but wanted to capitalise on my initial thoughts. The big question is: should you be investing in a PlaySonic 3 Headset?
What matters most?
Comfort and Sound are the most important elements to a headset over any level of aesthetics. It sounds obvious but I’ve heard a lot of banter over headset aesthetics in the gaming community but ultimately I want the most out of my gaming experience. Crisp sound will give me that. Where does the PlaySonic 3 fit in to this? The PlaySonic 3 is a mid-range Headset priced a £49.99 so let’s make one thing clear here. We cannot compare the PlaySonic 3 to the Astro A40’s as they are a much higher spec of headset. The Turtle Beach P12 would be the perfect comparator. I first used the PlaySonic 3 whilst playing DOOM on the PS4. I fell in love. This gaming session lasted for two hours and I did not feel any level of discomfort around my jaw, eyes or head. Comparably, the Turtle Beach P12 began to hurt my entire face after longer gaming sessions. It’s hard to believe I’m saying this but I prefer the overall comfort on the PlaySonic 3 over the P12’s. Shockingly the PlaySonic 3 cannot be adjusted either! The head foam is incredibly thick yet very soft on the PlaySonic too and the ear foam seems much more breathable. Three weeks have passed since I uploaded my video about this headset and I’ve started to notice some slight discomfort on the top of my ears during long play sessions but I’ve gotten around this by adjusting the headset. In short this issue is minor and does not detract from the sharp 3D sound.
Hear no evil
Here is where it’s at for the PlaySonic 3 headset. I was very dubious about stepping away from Turtle Beach especially to another mid-range headset. The Astro A40s were the only headset that I would have left Turtle Beach behind for. How wrong! The PlaySonic 3 has incredible 3D sound. The way the sound hits the ear feels gradual and fluid which I was not expecting at all. I was expecting a much lesser experience for a gaming headset in this price range.
Prof give a pretty decent rundown of the PlaySonic 3 Headset here:
Source: Prif Gear
The Battery life lasts between 8-10 hours after once charge. I’m not so keen on this feature. I never had to charge my Turtle Beach P12’s so I guess this is one advantage the P12 has over the PlaySonic 3. I was also dubious about the Inline Controls. As this headset is wried the Inline Controls are built in to the wire (approximately a third of the way down from the headset). Usually I hate inline controls as they seem tacky. I’m learning not to judge lesser known brands though because the Inline Controls have been very useful; a feature the P12 lacks. I can mute, charge, turn the headset on and off adjust the in-game volume. As I said earlier I’ve become less and less bothered about aesthetics and more concerned about long term functionality. The PlaySonic 3 is a fantastic mid-range headset.
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