PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset

Last updated date: February 28, 2019

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8.5

PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset

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We looked at the top Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

Update as July 2, 2021:
Checkout The Best Gaming Headset for a detailed review of all the top gaming headsets.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 86 expert reviews, the PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset placed 8th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

A Headset for Gamers: Experience everything from the big booms to whisper-quiet warnings in stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound and chat with friends through the hidden noise cancelling microphone.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.7
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.5
1,041 user reviews

What experts liked

Great gaming accessories have always been the providence of PC gaming, but the Gold Wireless Headset bucks that trend by offering up a solid performing headset at a console-friendly price."
- Engadget
Black and blue (but far from looking beaten up), the Gold Wireless Stereo Headset sports a nicely minimal design with one solid arch around the head and a pair of large cans on each end that can slide up or down several notches for fit.
- Tech Radar
February 28, 2014 | Full review
Streamlined, wireless design features a surround-sound effect at a mid-range price.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The new Gold Headset throws out the entire design of the original. The ear cups are much more like the cups from the Platinum headset, only with a matte finish on the back instead of the textured glossy one.
- Medium
March 6, 2018 | Full review
The Gold is the only wireless headset that shows mute status and battery life on the PS4’s dashboard, and it works with Sony’s headset app, where you can create or download custom EQ profiles.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 24, 2019 | Full review
Broad device compatibility, light weight, a happy wallet.
- CNET
April 18, 2018 | Full review
Sony had in theory replaced the original Gold headset with the Platinum model, which offered an even more precious metal in the title and new 3D audio features
- The Verge
February 5, 2018 | Full review
The Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset is a solid and affordable accessory that makes some concessions in comfort for its $100 price.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
March 10, 2018 | Full review
The extra bass adds to the immersion if you’re playing anything with explosions or bullet fire, and if you download the Sony Headset Companion app on your PS4, you can replace that bass boost with game-specific effects, or fully tweak the bass, treble, and mids to your delight.
- Wired
April 6, 2018 | Full review
The headset’s leatherette ear pads felt plush and comfy to the touch, and the subtle stenciled PlayStation symbols along the bottom of the oversized headband were a nice accent.
- Digital Trends

What experts didn't like

If there's a complaint to be made about the Gold Headset, it's that it lacks a largeness of sound, and it doesn't have the range of higher-end devices.
- Tech Radar
February 28, 2014 | Full review
Bass is not very powerful,and overall sound is not as impressive as pricier models we reviewed.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
On the minus side…it takes some break-in time before these reach peak comfort.
- Medium
March 6, 2018 | Full review
The Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset doesn’t sound as balanced as the Cloud Alpha, and the mic is thin and faraway sounding.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 24, 2019 | Full review
No boom mic means your voice sounds tinny and robotic.
- CNET
April 18, 2018 | Full review
Unlike most gaming headsets, the PlayStation Gold doesn't have a boom microphone.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
March 10, 2018 | Full review
The lack of a physical mic is a bummer.
- Wired
April 6, 2018 | Full review
The sounds were clear, but weren’t delivered with the rich definition and texture required to help bring them to life, making the game’s slower moments more extraneous than enriching.
- Digital Trends

Our Expert Consultant

Doug Brennan   
Tech writer for Digital Addicts, avid PC/console gamer

Doug Brennan is an avid PC/console gamer for the past 20+ years, and writer for Digital Addicts. In his spare time, he’s an active member on a number of computer peripheral forums (overclock.netgeekhack.orghead-fi.org), so he’s always up to date on the latest products.

An Overview On Gaming Headsets

Gaming has come a long way in recent years. You’re not only playing while watching on a screen, but it’s a fully immersive experience in which you experience the sounds and sensations through headphones and your controller. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you need all the right hardware, including a headset that helps you shut out the world around you.

When you’re looking for a gaming headset, it’s important to note that you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones. Although typical headphone features like sound, comfort and noise cancellation are important, you’ll also need to be able to provide good audio as well. The microphone’s quality, as well as its position, are important. You’ll also need to consider compatibility, especially if you plan to play using a gaming console rather than a computer.

When it comes to sound, though, what you hear through the headphones is only part of it. If you game in noisy environments, you’ll also want to make sure your gaming headset features noise cancellation capabilities. You don’t want to be pulled out of your game by a passing emergency vehicle or a roommate watching the big game.

You really want to make sure your headset is comfortable, particularly if you plan to spend hours gaming, says Doug Brennan, who’s been a gamer for the past 20 years and a writer for the blog Digital Addicts.

It’s important that they don’t fit too tightly and that the earpieces have plenty of cushioning. Comfort can differ from one person to another, but there are some gaming headsets that are known for being more comfortable than others.

You’ll also want to turn your attention toward sound staging, which gives you audio-directional cues while you’re playing. In other words, Brennan says, the right headset can make you a better player because you’ll know exactly where a noise is coming from. “You can’t always see where opponents are, but you can still hear their actions which can give you the advantage,” he says.

For those long gaming sessions, battery life also matters. If your headset dies midway through a game, you’ll have to wait for it to recharge. Look around for a gaming headset with a battery life that will get you through each session before you have to put it back on the charger.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. Look for a gaming headset that uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and that has seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity.
  • Outside noise elimination is even more important in a gaming headset than a standard set of headphones. If you really want to eliminate distractions and focus, consider a headset that does a good job of muting the world around you.
  • Sometimes it’s not about the sound you’re blocking, but the noise you’re emitting.
  • Within seconds of hitting the next level of your favorite game, your headset dies, totally throwing off your game. To keep that from happening, you’ll need a headset with enough battery life to get you through even your longest gaming session. Top in this category are headsets which offer up to 30 hours of battery life before needing a charge. To achieve that time, though, you’ll need to turn LED mode off. You’ll get a full 10 hours of battery life from certain headsets, so make sure you check this before purchasing.
  • Unless you’re on a strict budget, your headset will cost between $100 and $300. However, those looking to pay a fraction of the price can budget-friendly options for well under $50. Headsets on the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, often have great audio quality and long battery life that make them worth it for the most passionate gamers.
  • For those long gaming sessions, you’ll need a headset that doesn’t irritate your ears. Part of that is finding a headset that’s lightweight. In fact, there are headsets as light as 11 ounces.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. Look for a model that features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. A noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound is best.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. You may wish to opt for a wireless headset, which provides more freedom of movement.
  • As convenient as going wireless can be, though, latency can be a problem, so it’s important to make sure your sound won’t lag while you’re gaming.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. Some headsets only works with a PC or Mac, but others work with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.