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Submitted by RDR 163d ago | video

PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset Unboxing / First Impressions

Rich Drummond of Richie D Rants writes:

"If you’ve been following Richie D Rants for some time now, you’ll notice that I’m a sucker for headphones, gaming or not. I’ve been in love with he Afterglow Prismatics from PDP, but due to the receiver not fitting correctly, I was looking for a new set to use on my PS4. When I heard Sony was coming out with one, I made sure to keep and eye out for it and with Best Buy’s help, I was able to get it before Tuesday!" (PlayStation, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony)

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Mikey32230  +   163d ago
What charging cable does it use?

Same as the Dualshock 4?

or is it the same as the Pulse elite and Dualshock 3?
RDR  +   163d ago
It uses the same as the Dualshock 4. :)
ZodTheRipper  +   163d ago
Since my local stores only get them in March I've ordered mine here for about 76€
https://www.videogamesplus....

That's even with shipping cheaper than the normal price (89€). :)
UltimateMaster  +   162d ago
It is the same as the DS4 and Android Phones.
Vitalogy  +   162d ago
@Zod18 are you from Portugal? I actually use to buy stuff from VGP.ca and I also did some math about those headsets and came to the same price XD

Still not sure if I'll get 'em simply becuase I have the Pulse Elite which I still thing they might offer a better experience mostly because of the bass impact.
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LOGICWINS  +   163d ago
I'm assuming it uses the charging cable that came with the PS4.

Its great that Sony made the Pulse Wireless Headsets compatible wirelessly with the PS4 with the recent firmware update, but Sony neglected to mention that the PS4's charging cable will NOT work with the Pulse Elites. Not that big a deal as you can get a PS3 cable for under 10 bucks, but they should have mentioned it.

Either way, I'm upgrading to the Elite Version of the Gold Headsets. I just love the way they snap into place. The Pulse Wireless Headsets Elite Edition have fantastic sound quality but the build quality is trash(Not as bad as Trittons, but still bad).

Mines have been cracked on both sides for months. People on Amazon have complained about the same thing. I called customer service and Sony essentially wiped their hands of it saying "Well...how do we know that YOU didn't break the headsets yourself?"

/facepalm
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JoGam  +   163d ago
OH SHAP, You are absolutely correct. I also called Sony and yes they did wipe there hands from it. They said not enough people are complaining about them so they don't have an idea if its just a isolated situation or the headphones need to be redesigned. I told Sony I wanted to buy the Elites but because they crack I wasn't.

Is the Pulse headphones app out yet for PS4?
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LeoDDestroyer  +   163d ago
I have had my pulse elites since sept. and have no issue with them so I will have to disagree with on the pulse elite build quality.
JoGam  +   163d ago
At LeoDDestroyer, I thought the same thing until I google Pulse Elite Headphones cracking.
LOGICWINS  +   163d ago
Leo, I bought mines in December 2012. You likely have a newer version with improved build quality.

@Jogam- Idk, I was too lazy to use the app on the PS3 so idk about the PS4 lol.
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dantesparda  +   163d ago
Yeah, i have to say that Sony has some of the worst customer service I've ever seen, they really need to change that. But alas the fanboys will probably just disagree me way and sweep this under the rug. I had to deal with them when my original PS3 died 3 yrs later (bought it in 2007 died in 2010) and with the rubber on my DS4 rubbing off to the plastic in just 6 days.
stevehyphen  +   163d ago
All of these headsets fall under a warranty for PlayStation devices. Unfortunately, the warranty for things tagged PlayStation is not as good as the warranty given to consumer headphones from Sony.
Strangely, there's a big difference.

As to the app, I concur, it was mostly a waste of time on the ps3. The headset doesn't need the app for the sound profiles anyway. It was only needed to change them. The profiles will work regardless of what and where the phones are playing.

I do, however, believe that a mobile app could be beneficial to get some relief from the amount of buttons and sliders on the ear cups.
In fact, after writing that, I hope that's what happens.
dantesparda  +   163d ago
Like i said, there goes the fanboys disagreeing. So you're telling me Sony has good customer service? Just wait til you have to deal with them, you'll see
cgoodno  +   162d ago
LOGICWINS, I posted a quick review of the PulseElite on the forums. I was going to get the Gold, but the Amazon seller sent me the more expensive PulseElite instead.

http://forums.n4g.com/fb.as...
daggertoes83  +   163d ago
The one used with your ps4 can be used on this however the system has to be on of course to charge. Defeats the purpose of wireless if using while playing. It comes with its own cord as well that I plug into my iPad charger to charge while not playing. Battery last approximate 8 hours on a 3 hour charge. Got mine couple days ago and love.
dantesparda  +   163d ago
It wont charge them when the system is on standby? Also make sure you have the option turned on to charge while in standby
wastedcells  +   163d ago
Just picked these up today and I'm super impressed. For $99 it's a great value. I have a ps4 and vita but I'm using them on my pc and they are better then my $350 turtle beach headphones.
ScubbaSteve  +   163d ago
How's the mic on the PC? I had bought the ps3 wireless headset and the damn thing wouldn't let me adjust my mic volume on pc and nobody could ever hear me. As a result I could only use them on the ps3 and I would have just bought a different headset had I known.
wastedcells  +   163d ago
Mic is fine. Has adjustable volume on it or thu software from 3rd parties like team speak.
Kleptic  +   163d ago
^agreed...I use TS and Dolby Axon for voip all the time, and it has built in sliders for all that...

but also, what version of windows are you on?...pretty sure realtek makes a generic driver for any main board, which will give you input/output volume sliders for any USB headset (including the PS3 wireless one, I'm still using that too)...not positive though, my included realtek driver does that...
ToastyMcNibbles  +   163d ago
Been calling Gamestop all week for this. Want it badly. Held off playing Outlast so I can try it with the new headset. Anyone know if it'll release Tuesday?
RDR  +   163d ago
It should. All the ones I've called say it will. Although if you plan on paying it in full, Best Buy has them in stock now.
Riderz1337  +   163d ago
Make sure you also buy diapers if you plan on playing Outlast with a headset...
DaGR8JIBRALTAR  +   163d ago
no lie there..game had me buggin THE HELL OUT with my astro's.
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   163d ago
I gave up on Outlast. Man I've never played anything like that before. I may attempt to go back to it someday.
Eonjay  +   163d ago
I will be picking these up tomorrow.
N8  +   163d ago
I did the same thing. I got mine today . go to best buy the GameStop girl looked at me like I had two heads when I asked for it
ToastyMcNibbles  +   163d ago
Thanks guys. I only mention Gamestop because I actually have a $60 gift card. So I figured I would use that and pay the rest otherwise I would have definitely went to Best Buy. Can't wait to crap my pants playing Outlast with this bad boy.
so this does, or doesn't rumble like the pulse elites?
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RDR  +   163d ago
No it does not.
d4sholil1  +   163d ago
There is a ton of them at Fry's Electronics; went there on Saturday!
Unknown_Soldier  +   163d ago
Just saw an ass ton of them at my Best Buy two days ago. Were they early or did I read something wrong?
ZodTheRipper  +   163d ago
I think planned release was on February 10th, at least for NA. Europe gets them much later of course -.-
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level 360  +   163d ago
I think it looks tops!

Sony got the sweet spot on price.

Why no more rumble? I thought Pulse Elite bass impact tech brought an added sense of oommph to games/movies.
Baka-akaB  +   163d ago
well they'll probably make an "elite" version of the new headset . It's smart actually those who can't wait , yet should , will jump on the new set , and take the plunge again when a sucessor is there
Mikey32230  +   163d ago
Right... notice these are called "gold" leaving room for a "platinum" brand
MAULxx  +   163d ago
So these are just stereo headphones with chat capability?
wastedcells  +   163d ago
7.1 wireless stereo headphone with built in mic and the ability for custom setting for games like second son when it comes out. Works with ps3,4,vita and pc. Phone ipad whatever. Great quality product and sound for $99.
MAULxx  +   163d ago
It is a good price. I paid $150 for my Skull Candy Roc Nation set. They don't have the chat but I love the sound.
I just have never liked wireless headphones. I don't like charging or batteries and I really only use them when I absolutley can't use my physical speakers which isn't too often. Very late night gaming which I do occasionally.That said though, if you want wireless and can't pay for the Steel Series H this would be they way to go.
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ZodTheRipper  +   163d ago
The sound quality is superb in this price class and the custom options for all major games is a plus, too. Now they even improved my only problem with the Pulse Elites: Comfort. I can't use wired headsets since my TV is like 3,5m away so this is the perfect headset to use for gaming, chatting in multiplayer and using it on PC/PSVita/iPhone.
Starbucks_Fan  +   163d ago
How are these for listening to music?
BabyTownFrolics  +   163d ago
Mine just shipped should be here Thursday. I hope they will also work on my xb1 using the coming adapter. Hopefully I can just plug into it using a 3.5mm cable.

Can't wait to play infamous
imXify  +   163d ago
Let's put bluetooth on the Vita, so no official playstation wireless headphone/headset can be supported.

Dealbreaker.
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dboyman  +   163d ago
I own the Pulse Elite headset, and seem to like it. But I would upgrade if Sony would make a Playstation headset with actual Dolby Digital 7.1 like the Astro A50s instead of the proprietary version (plus a mixamp be nice). Or something like Razer Tiamat 7.1 with multiple drivers
Zynga  +   163d ago
Me too. Why can't sony release a headset like astros that uses the optical cable for better sound quality. I love my a50s man and nothing beats them in sound quality.
BABY-JEDI  +   163d ago
My ears need this!
Nanux  +   163d ago
Mic test. Not very impresive :(

http://youtu.be/-igkGV-WQbg...
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Bladesfist  +   163d ago
my god that sounds bad.
Maxor  +   162d ago
That mic is a deal breaker.
Platinum_k  +   163d ago
Pulse Elite looks better and probably performs better
DaGR8JIBRALTAR  +   163d ago
These probably perform the same but the elites have em beat in the looks department.
level 360  +   163d ago
This video looks like a good gauge if you want to compare Pulse Elite with new Gold Wireless.

Link: ( http://www.youtube.com/watc... )
batman45238  +   163d ago
I just picked up a pair at BestBuy, GameStop also had these. I own the Pulse Elite and are very fond of them. FYI, the Pulse works with the PS4 too with the new update, even before the update they worked with the 3.5 cord plugged into the DualShock 4 controller.

The Gold Wireless Headset is basically the same thing as the Pulse Elite. The difference is that the Gold doesn't have the base, which I honestly rarely use. It's chea due to that fact and it is a lot lighter. Made if more plastic the the Pulse too. The biggest plus is that it's more comfortable than the Pulse. Either Headset are really good and I highly recommend both of them. The big thing that will help you decide is if you want the base spend the extra $30 dollars for the Pulse Elite which works for the PS3, PS4 and Vita with the 3.5 cord. If you don't care about the base save your $30 dollars and go with the Gold Wireless which work with all three also.
batman45238  +   163d ago
I wish I could edit my review. I didn't realize I spelled a few things wrong and left out some letters. Oh well, hopefully you still get the point. Stupid smartphone... Lol.
MasterofMagnetism  +   162d ago
Yeah I'll probably just go with these since they are cheaper. Thanks to you and others for giving your reviews.
DeadMansHand  +   162d ago
The rumble feature works well but it's finiky. Just turn it on a little bit and that is all you need. It makes gunshots have that "whomp" feel and it vibrates enough to feel like you are shooting a real gun.
frankiebeans  +   162d ago
why does it need a dongle ????
MrWonderful  +   162d ago
I didnt know they were out. walked into gamestop to get my ff game and they were on the shelf. Bought them and about to play outlast.

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