For online gaming, you definitely need a reliable gaming headset. Without a good headset, you won’t have a reliable way to talk to your enemies. Oh, and you won’t be able to coordinate battle strategies with your partners in crime.
You could probably pick up a pair of the basic wired earpiece with boom mics at your nearest corner store (some even include these basic earpieces with the console) which is not even worth the money you spend. Getting a reliable gaming headset will not only guarantee for a better game play experience but chances of sound distortion over time and malfunctioning of these headsets are very slim. Should you not have the budget for a high-end gamer’s headset you can get started with a $30 headset.
Wired or Wireless?
Reliable gaming headsets can be either wired or wireless, with wireless models generally costing more. More important is that each gaming headset supports different systems, handheld, and computer connections. For the Playstation 4 at Amazon, most mobile devices, and some desktop computers, you will be able to use Bluetooth for a wireless headset.
Other devices require a different wireless connection, often with a different base plugged into your gaming console or PC. Companies that provide Bluetooth enable connections have made enormous strides in the last few years, but proprietary wireless connections overall offer better audio quality and a stronger Bluetooth signal.
Console or Desktop Computer?
The PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Wii U is supported with a 3.5mm headphone jack which you can just plug into the controller and start gaming. The Xbox One at Amazon works very similarly but it will require a Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter to fully function. Most reliable gaming headsets will be able to connect to your favorite gaming device one way or another. Computers are more flexible than consoles since gaming headsets for computers work with USB inputs.
Most gaming headset manufacturers claim that their gaming headsets offer surround sound. Most surround sound headsets still use stereo drivers trying to reproduce surround sound. This artificial surround sound comes from Dolby and DTS technologies tweaking the headset sound between the ears giving you the impression of surround sound audio.
While this will give some sort of feeling of a 360-degree sound it’s obviously not the true surround sound and won’t give that tactile advantage like a pair of surround sound speakers. Even if the headset has individual drivers for each channel there is obviously not enough space within the ear cups to produce accurate directional sound.
Choosing a Microphone
Most cheap headsets either have a cheap inline microphone attached to it or no microphone at all. A good removable microphone would be the Antlion Audio ModMic from Amazon. It’s a boom mic and with the two-piece magnetic mount, it can easily be attached to your favorite headset. This Antlion ModMic attachable microphone is made for audiophiles in mind with crystal clear audio and uses a standard 3.5mm audio jack for easy plug and play.
If headsets are not your preference for online gaming and you like to play single player games than you can choose a set of monitor speakers to enjoy real surround sound. A good set of monitor speakers will set you back a few hundred bucks or you could choose a reliable gaming headset and spend that extra money on a good gaming mouse pad.