Review: Sony PS3 Wireless Headset

Product: Official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset
Manufacturer: Sony
Original MSRP: $99.99

2 months prior to the September 6, 2011 release of the Sony PS3 Wireless Headset I caught wind that Amazon was offering an incredible pre-order sale.  As opposed to the current $99.99 price tag I had an opportunity to snag one for roughly $65.  For the cost of a day one AAA new game release I could get my hands on Sony’s new-born baby.  But was it gonna be worth even that?  Would it live up to some of the initial hype that was following in the wake of its press release?

Up to the point of this decision I had been comfortably using Sony’s PS3 Bluetooth ear piece.  Sure, there were much better options available to me – for a price.  I was just never able to bring myself to shell out $150 or more for a “quality” headset that came fully equipped to handle surround sound and a 15 foot trip wire cord.  Tack on at least another $100 for those same headsets that accommodated for wireless technology.  It all seemed so unrealistic and not worth it.

Suddenly a $65 charge for a headset that claims to have many of the same features as their bigger brothers – with the added bonus of being wireless – became an easier decision than initially considered.  I bit the bullet, supplied my credit card information and secured what I hoped would be my answer to a better online gaming experience.

Packaging & Aesthetics:
First opening the Amazon shipping box and seeing how small the actual Sony package was my initial thought was that I had made a mistake.  There was no way such a small package was gonna live up to the advertised accomplishments of this device.  When compared to some of the other headsets available, there just wasn’t anything to it.  As it turns out there wasn’t much needed for this headset to perform up to expectations.

The Wireless Headset is undoubtedly a Sony product.  Everything about it screams PS3.  The curvature of the headset looks to be made from the same material as the shell of the PlayStation Slim and it sports the same black matte finish.  First glance provides the appearance of a sturdy and solid piece of technology.  Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, the truth of the matter is that practically everything about this PlayStation Wireless Headset is noticeably flimsy – in particular, the retractable microphone.  I’m meticulously careful with most everything that I own but I’m certain that the littlest adverse pressure applied to the microphone will render this headset useless for any future online multiplayer.

Getting Started:
The Sony PS3 Wireless Headset is the very definition of plug-n-play.  Set-up was nothing more than inserting the provided dongle into an available USB port on the front of the PlayStation 3 and turning the headset on.  That’s it.  No other settings needed to be adjusted in order to jump right into some epic online gameplay.

Ease of use and aesthetics are only a small part of why one should consider the Sony PS3 Wireless Headset.  How it performs is the real key to making the decision to drop $100 of your hard earned money.  A car with a fresh coat of paint may look like a dream come true until you realize that it stalls out at every other stop light.  You get the picture.

I was fortunate enough to put this headset through its paces with the recent release of Resistance 3.  More appropriately, I started this co-op adventure – with fellow PSNation writer Rey (thanks man, it was a blast) – with my standby PS3 Bluetooth ear piece only to switch over to the wireless headset during our second outing into Chimera territory.  It was a great opportunity for a straight up comparison.  My initial nervousness was quickly overcome when the first Auger round went whizzing past my left ear and a drop ship came flying in from the right.  Add to it an immediate difference in both chat delivery and reception and I soon realized that this headset delivered in a big way!

The 7.1 virtual surround sound, although not the greatest I’ve ever experienced in a headset, certainly was more than enough to make Resistance 3 an incredibly enjoyable co-op experience.  My only “complaint” over this headset is that the Bass was lacking and fairly weak.  It wasn’t non-existent but it certainly wasn’t what I am used to experiencing when gaming though my Onkyo 7.1 HD receiver.

Potentially the nicest feature of the Sony PS3 Wireless Headset was in learning that all the controls – power, volume, sound/chat balance – were found just above the left ear pad.  In addition, as settings are managed they appear on screen for a quick glimpse of your changes – and charge status – before fading away.

But how does the headset feel when strapped on for hours on end?  The Sony PS3 Wireless Headset sit over the entire ear as opposed to on the ear.  In my opinion this makes for the biggest difference in both comfort and sound.  The headphones – like a great bowl of porridge or a comfortable bed – were neither too tight nor too warm.  They fit (and felt) just right.

A big concern of mine was how this headset would allow for the often bulky glasses necessary to enjoy games like Resistance 3 in all its 3D splendor.  Because the glasses need to be on prior to fitting the headset over your ears I was uncertain how, if at all, this would work.  Thankfully, I can report back that the incredibly soft cushions of the individual ear pads, along with their overall size, allowed for many hours of 3D online gaming with neither discomfort nor fatigue.  With such 3D titles as Batman Arkham City and Uncharted 3 still on the way this was a huge win.

Technical Specifications:
Power Source – DC 3.7 V: Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Capacity – 570 mAh
Dimensions (w/h/d) – Approx. 186 x 197 x 95 mm (7.3 x 7.8 x 3.7 in)
Weight – Approx. 275 g (97 oz)
Communication System – 2.4 GHz RF
Maximum Communication Range – Approx. 10 m (33 ft)
Use Time When Fully Charged – Up to 7.5 hours

Final Impressions:
As the interest and popularity of online gaming continues to increase so will the options available for gaming headsets.  I am a gamer through-and-through but I also still consider myself a casual gamer.  With that said I don’t think I would ever be in the market for the higher-end gaming headsets.  I enjoy a rousing co-op campaign with friends but will never attain that level of competitiveness that so many other gamers these days aspire to.  That’s just not what I’m interested in.  It is because of my level of gaming interest that I feel the Sony PS3 Wireless Headset was made specifically for me.  They are comfortable, sound great and are extremely affordable – even for the current full asking price of $99.

Although I feel I have touched on all of the main sticking points I thought I’d add the actual marketing commercial for the Sony PS3 Wireless Headset for your viewing pleasure.  Not to further convince you of its value.  Mostly, I just really dig the totally hot, totally pretend girlfriend of the totally fake gamer.  Enjoy it.  And after you’re done, do yourself a favor and order yourself this wireless headset.  You won’t be disappointed.




Written by Bill Braun

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  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with your write up.  This are very nice. I’m not an audiophile type but they are great for gaming.  I just wonder if you can hook up multiple headsets to the PS3.  I got mine for $65 off Amazon during a special offer they  had for these.  Totally worth the price full or discounted.

  • Anonymous

    “My only “complaint” over this headset is that the Bass was lacking and fairly weak. ”

    says enough for me!
    I think i now believe that ANYTHING wireless will ALWAYS lack good bass.

    I’ve tried different wireless headphones and i was disappointed by the bass

    i love my turtlebeach px 21 and I’ll stick to it!
    i might actually do get the DSS Surround Sound.

    i love bass and its very important to me

    • Anonymous

      It was lacking but not non-existent.  I’m a big fan of Bass (I’ve be a Bass Player for 25+ years, but I digress)but with this being really the only drawback I still think they are a great value for a better than average headset.

    • Anonymous

      It was lacking but not non-existent.  I’m a big fan of Bass (I’ve be a Bass Player for 25+ years, but I digress)but with this being really the only drawback I still think they are a great value for a better than average headset.

      • Anonymous

        anybody who loves bass I would suggest they just get PX 21!
        If you care about wireless then I can’t make any suggestions.

        trust me the bass for px21 is very very impressive

        • Also, as with a lot of gaming headphones, if you turn the virtual surround off, you’ll get more direct bass-response.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly. I was just about to say that, but you beat me to it : )

  • Anonymous

    Got in on the $65 deal as well.  Got shipping notice today…looking forward to trying them out. 

    Thank you for the write up

  • Seems like a solid headset. I bought my first headset (TB PX21s) so I could sound-whore on call of duty. They recently broke, so I might pick a pair of these up.

  • Anonymous

    Great review. Though it really makes me regret passing on that Amazon deal!

  • Anonymous

    Just got mine today. I’ve been looking for a set for a while since me and my girlfriend are constantly battling over how loud my games and her movies are when we are in the same room. This review is pretty much spot on, I was using them for about two hours today, and barely even noticed, and the sound is great. Plus, the easy controls are a MAJOR plus. So very glad I bought these.

  • I really enjoy them but I don’t get much of the feel of them being 7.1. They sound a little bit clear than my Turtle Beach headset. But they are very comfortable and you get a good 3 to 4 hours of use on them.

  • Thanks, man!  You convinced me and I picked some up yesterday.  Replaying Resistance with them and loving it.

  • That video is such a veiled add for uncharted 3

    • Anonymous

      Oh it’s not so much veiled as it is competely freakin’ obvious.  No big deal.  I can’t wait for Uncharted 3 and I’m enjoying the headset.

    • Hahaha I know but there are several moments in the video where I laughed:
      1) Moment “Oh yes, my house is awesome and I’m cool with that”
      2) Moment “My wife is an underwear model from Victoria Secret, everyone knows that”
      3) Moment “Im playing U3 before the release date and with the mic turned off (the tv shows the mic is off while is talking) but I’m still talking to my friend and he can hear my voice, yes, Im that amazing!” ^_^

      Talking about U3 and early access to the online mode, here are the details of the Subway promotion:
      “September 29 – November 31Enter with the code from a Subway cup before November 11 and get early access to the Uncharted 3 multiplayer experience, or enter a cup code after October 31 for the chance to play DCUO at the premium level free for seven consecutive days. Cup codes also offer a choice of any of the voucher passcodes found on sandwiches and chips, which break down as follows:
      Voucher Passcode for an Uncharted 3 dynamic theme
      Voucher Passcode for Uncharted 3 Fortune Hunter Bounty Voucher Passcode for Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Drake Character Skin Voucher Passcode for Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Weapon Skin Voucher Passcode for Subway Taste For Adventure Cup and Subway Sandwich virtual costumes for PlayStation Home”

  • Hussain Naseem

    also can it be used with a pc ?

    • Derek / Beaver6622

      YES!  I’m glad to say that they work on my PC.  I have 64-bit windows 7.  Audio and volume adjust work on the headset just fine.  The Microphone works great too!  Not sure if the 7.1 audio works…  next assignment: Test Play a Blu-Ray.  

    • Anonymous

      Yes you can. Glenn already said in the recent podcast that they work on a PC/Mac. Just plug and play. I think they are a type of USB Sound Device so that is why a OS can recognize it. But I think that the on-screen notifications don’t work on the PC/Mac. 

  • YoyoMcDingdong

    mine are being shipped across the atlantic as i type,just in time for dead island.

  • Derek / Beaver6622

    Love these headphones.  Well worth the 65 I paid for them would pay 100.  
    My three little complaints are:
    1.  The Blue LED light tells you that the Microphone is on.  Purple is off.  I have a hard time seeing the difference in my peripheral vision.  
    2.  The loud is not that loud and the low is not as low as I would like.  This could be cause their wireless.  I am used to wired
    3.  Won’t charge on my Pelican controller charger.  My Sony Bluetooth headset dose but not these.  Weird.

    Still well worth buying…  except when my wife saw me for the first time with them on and my “gaming” glasses on…  she laughed pretty hard at me.

  • I bought this yesterday and I played Resistance 3 (co-op mode). My friend said that he had problems to understand me because the sound was kind of choppy. How do I know if the problem comes from a bad internet connection or from the mic? Is there any way to test my mic? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe try another round of co-op but with a different game?  Also, do you have another headset that could be compared against with Resistance 3? 

      • Thanks braun6, I tried the next day and it worked just fine with Resistance 3 and other games. Everything else works great. The only minor detail that I can find is that some movies on Netflix have the volume quite low.

  • I bought this yesterday and I played Resistance 3 (co-op mode). My friend said that he had problems to understand me because the sound was kind of choppy. How do I know if the problem comes from a bad internet connection or from the mic? Is there any way to test my mic? Thanks!

  • how comfortable is it while wearing correction lens and 3d glasses

    • Im not too sure about the size of my head ^_^ but I wear glasses all the time and the wireless headset is really comfortable, I dont feel like that annoying pressure in my head that I feel often with similar products.

    • I wore them with 3D glasses for several hours with no problems at all.

      • What an awesome look that must of been. lol

  • Anonymous

    Im from ireland and they arent available here yet
    so im currently impatiently awaiting an order being processed for shipping from canada
    i must say i have never used a headset before so this plug n playability is just up my alley and i havent experienced 3d sound before so im looking forward to that.
    P.s COME ON CANADA aarggh lol

  • Anonymous

    Got them the other day they are amazing
    i would like to know how they perform with different titles iv tried them on bf3 beta and blackops and found them great just want to know how they perform with different games

  • davedrastic

    I got a pair of PX 21 free with Dead Island and i’ve not opened them as yet. I’m thinking about getting the Sony wireless ones because it seems like a simpler solution – easy to set up and no wires. But I’m a little unsure. I know headsets aren’t the most complicated thing in the world but I don’t like faffing around with cables and connectors.

    With the LED light, i’ll probably get annoyed by that, but I can put blu tack on it. I already have a USB hub connected to my PS3 which is chock full of hard drives and move controllers – will the USB still work via a USB hub?

    I’m a little concerned about battery life of the Sony, but I probably won’t use it very often, and only for a few hours at a time. If it holds the battery life when not used that would be great, but if it loses the charge when not used it may not be ideal.

    My main concern is that the Australian retail price for the Sony is $170 AUD. If it were the $100 you guys in the US pay for sure I’d get it. I’m thinking that I could sell the PX 21s for around $90 on ebay, and then pick up the Sonys.

    What’s the advice, PX 21 or Sony?

    • Based on what you’re looking for the Sony headset sounds like the best fit. Keep us posted.

  • Anonymous

    These are great by the way gt5 is so immersive with them on you can really hear the skyline behind you roaring trying to overtake

  • Anonymous

    What I like to know is what preferred setting you need to put every game on to have the 7.1 at its best.

  • I like the banner.

  • ronster1082

    does anyone know where to get another receiver i lost mine and i can’t find any anywhere

    • I’d call Sony Customer Service.  They’ve been pretty good with me in the past with little issues like this.

  • Anonymous

    Just checked amazon.  New ones are $88.60

  • with my playstation headphones since i have updated my software even when my mic is off i can still here myself breath/talk through the speakers any idea on how to fix this thanks!

  • Sandra Pool

    Just got this headset today and wanted to try it with modern warfare 3. the sound works very well but the mike doesnt at all. I do NOT have a little speaker next to my name in the game, but the light on my mike is blue. If I look on my PS3 sound settings, then I can see that the sound input and output is set on the wireless headset and the mike also receives sound according to the coloured bar at the top of that screen.  why won’t it work in MW3 ??  thanks !

    •  Does it work in other games?  I’d check that first.  If it works elsewhere, maybe it was just the server you were on.  If it doesn’t work you may have to return it.

  • I got these for X-Mas, and have to say they are a must buy if you love good quality yet wireless sound. They are of a solid build, the button and sliders are quite solid so you won’t simply knock the sound off or to full whack, playing games like BF3 I found myself ducking when an enemy tried shooting me from close range! This actually freaked me out for a few mins so I kept one earpiece off for a minute to reassure myself that I wasn’t actually being shot at! The charge lasts around 5 hours for me, but you can still plug them and use them, the socket is at the back so the cable is out of your way. The headphones also work with my Laptop(windows) but I haven’t tried to see if the mic works on it or not, listening to dance music is really fun because of the nice bass and actual volume the headphones will reach to, and also due to the closed cup design, my missus rambled for 5 minutes at me before she realised I didn’t hear a word of what she was saying, or infact that she was talking at all! lol.