I decided it was finally time to replace my 7-year-old PS3 Sony Wireless Headset. Its battery life had dwindled down to almost nothing and the leather material on the ear cups had completely flaked off.
As a gamer and tech enthusiast, I've stayed current on the headset market. I have experienced my friend's PS4 Gold headset and PS4 Platinum headset; both of which had issues with hinges breaking, suffered from connectivity problems, and weren't an upgrade in regards to comfort. Disappointingly I couldn't justify switching from my PS3 set without more value, or at least fewer problems.
I turned to the non-Sony world of headsets which included Astro, Razer, HyperX, and SteelSeries. All models from $100-$300 were compared and considered. While there are a lot of great headsets out there, each seemed to have it's own quirks and negatives that led to them being dropped from the list. (The ones with great battery life lacked surround simulation, the most comfortable sets had poor mic quality, the ones with the best audio only offered full surround sound on PC, some that almost seemed perfect required an external audio module that utilized unique software and drivers that were plagued with failed updates and a lack of support, etc).
While I was content with the performance and features of the PS4 Gold/Platinum that carried over from the PS3 ones, I was hesitant because of the flimsy construction. All of the Gold headsets I ever used had broken hinges, so they were an absolute no. Just when I was getting ready to purchase the Platinum model, a pre-order popped up for this "New Gold" version.
Since they both had the 50mm audio drivers that I was after, it seemed like the only difference was that the Platinum has true 3D audio (only Uncharted 4 and Horizon Dawn?) and the New Gold only has simulated surround, which has always been amazing. My headset never leaves the gaming room so there was no need for the collapsing feature. The New Gold eliminated the hinge and only came in a fixed construction, which seemed perfect for my use.
I eagerly picked them up from the store and started unboxing right away. As I pulled them out, my first impression was that they are LIGHT! The weight drop from the PS3 to PS4 Gold/Platinum was minor compared to this New Gold version. My second observation was that the headband was completely covered in the same leather material as the ear cups. At first I was nervous since the primary reason for replacing my previous set was because of this material deteriorating. But I reminded myself that it didn't start until after 5 years and that my friend's Gold/Platinum sets weren't yet having those issues. I put them on my head and quickly realized that Sony finally achieved the right balance of secure and firm fitment while being extremely light and comfortable. One of the main issues with the Platinum headset is how uncomfortable the headband shape and materials are for extended periods of gaming. This New Gold just fits and feels perfect. The button layout was intuitive and the tactile sense felt great. It took all of about 2 seconds to get it set up, which is expected from these Sony headsets. My core games are Overwatch and Gran Turismo Sport, which both sounded absolutely amazing. My team confirmed the mic quality was perfect.
I'd say this New Gold headset is the best Sony has ever released. And compared to the rest of the market, it's the best all-around PS4 headset for under $300.
I'm very happy with my purchase, no regrets or buyer's remorse, and recommend them to anyone considering!