PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset

Last updated date: February 28, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Engadget, Tech Radar, BestReviews, Medium, New York Times Wirecutter, CNET, The Verge, PG Magazine - SE Asia, Wired, Digital Trends and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 78 expert reviews, the PlayStation PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Gaming Headset for a detailed review of all the top gaming headsets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
1,041 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Logitech G930 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Sades Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
4. HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
7. VersionTECH. Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
8. PlayStation Gold Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
9. beyerdynamic Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

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.

Comfort definitely comes into play when choosing a headset. You’ll often be wearing them for long gaming sessions, so 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.

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.

DYWM Fun Fact

Nathaniel Baldwin is credited with inventing the product that would become the headphones we know today. In 1910, he came up with the idea to place small speakers over the ear, effectively shutting out external noise. But the technology didn’t make much further progress until the 1950s, when the Koss SP3 stereo headphones hit the market. However, they really took off starting in the 1960s, when Plantronics began designing headsets for NASA missions. In fact, Neil Armstrong’s famous first words from the moon were spoken into a Plantronics headset.

The first gaming headset was introduced in 1995 to allow players to challenge each other during gameplay. While playing a game of poker in 1997, a group of friends came up with the idea to communicate online while they were playing. Soon after, the first real-time online voice communication software was born.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset also features rich audio quality, but without surround sound.
  • 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 the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset or the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, which both do 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. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset has a small amount of audio leak, which will be relevant if you game in public places.
  • 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 is the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset, which offers 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 the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset, and the Sades Gaming Headset also promises up to 10 hours.
  • 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 get the Sades Gaming Headset for well under $50. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset is at the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, but the great audio quality and long battery life make it 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. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset is a light 11 ounces, followed by the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, at 12 ounces. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset weighs 1 pound, with the Sades Gaming Headset coming in at 1.05 pounds.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. The Sades Gaming Headset features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset’s earpads include memory foam for extra comfort without sacrificing noise isolation.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming includes a noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset also includes a high-quality microphone. Both microphones are detachable. But with the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, you’ll get a built-in mic so that you can operate in Bluetooth mode when the microphone isn’t in place.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming are both wireless headsets, while the Sades Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset are both wired.
  • 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. Both the Logitech G930 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming keep up with a game’s audio well, so you won’t have to worry about latency.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. The Logitech G930 Gaming Headset only works with a PC or Mac, but the Sades Gaming Headset works with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is compatible with a PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.