The PS4 is out and it’s a glorious gaming machine. It has plenty of upside, but one of its downsides is the fact that it comes packed with a cheap mono-style ear piece for a headset. Currently, there are only a few official high-end gaming headsets made specifically for the PS4, so many gamers are left with no other option but to use the packed in headset. The good news is that some of the high-end headsets available for current-gen consoles and PCs can work with the PS4 with a little creative rigging.
Quite frankly, most any headset that sports a 3.5mm jack should work, but I can personally confirm that the Kingston HyperX Edition Steelseries Siberia v2 Headset does work on the PS4 for chat and audio. Unfortunately, for this to happen, an adapter needs to be purchased to splice the headset’s dual PC-style mic and audio outputs into a single 3.5mm plug so it can fit into the Dualshock 4’s port. Luckily, these Y-adapters are fairly cheap, so for about $15 you can turn the lovely, and quite capable Kingston HyperX gaming headset, into a high-end PS4 headset. If you don’t care about having chat capabilities then you don’t need the adapter, the headset will work fine as a pair of headphones when you send the PS4’s sound to them.
In testing my voice sounded quite clear and loud, which is fantastic compared to the feedback I got on the standard PS4 headset. I could also hear the other participants quite clearly, and had the ability to raise and lower the decibel level via the headset’s built-in toggle button.
I was also quite impressed at how well the headset sounded when I moved all PS4 audio to my headphones via the settings menu. Both Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun sounded powerful in my ears even though I wasn’t using an official PS4 gaming headset. The bass track sounded deep and had power, and the simulated surround sound provided directional cues when being fired at from positions off screen.
The Kingston HyperX gaming headset definitely suffices as a viable option for chatting on the PS4. What’s even better is the fact that it can provide rich audio from games when you’re not using your TV or stereo system for sound. There may be official PS4 headsets out in the wild now, but why not save a little cash and pick up the Kingston HyperX’s for $79, or at least try to retrofit your existing 3.5mm based headset to work for the PS4?
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- If sound is low make sure to up the levels through the PS4’s Settings menus:
- If a game’s sound isn’t loud enough make sure to check its options for audio settings
- If you need a Y-splitter you can grab one here
- Any headset with a mic and single 3.5mm jack should technically work