PlayStation 3 Official Wireless Headphones Review: KILL

As great as great graphics are, splendiferously blasting sound can be just as gratifying. Sometimes we take sound for granted, or just don't care about it — but with Sony's great new 7.1 wireless surround headphones, you will care.

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Sony's official surround cans sound really, really good. Yeah, the 7.1 surround sound is "virtual", in that you aren't actually surrounded by seven speakers and a subwoofer. But playing the Battlefield 3 beta with these things strapped on made me a better player, period — you can hear things better and then kill them, and then coordinate killing the next one with the built-in mic. The locational audio under the fluffy puffy headphones is wonderfully accurate, and besides that, the thrill of explosions, bullets and exit wound screams circling you is a hell of a thrill. What do you want in a game peripheral? You want it to make your games more fun or for you to play them better. These headphones do both, wirelessly and comfortably.

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The controls suck. The volume slider is tucked awkwardly behind a piece of side panelling, making it difficult to find, let alone adjust. I often found myself taking off the headphones to adjust the volume, which, yeah, is not what you want to be doing in the middle of a firefight. The surround on/off button is equally difficult to toggle, and equally a battlefield hamstring. Finally, I understand Sony wanting to avoid shitty Bluetooth audio and go with a USB dongle to relay sound instead, but losing a USB port isn't great.

Should I Buy It?

For $US100, you're getting terrific gaming (or music! or Blu-ray!) sound for a fraction of what a huge speaker system would cost. A very, very small fraction. Not only are you cutting costs, but you're cutting the cord, neighbour annoyance and bulk associated with room-quaking, bullet-slinging sound. Bullets inside your head. [Sony]


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    they sure do look sexy though :)

    are they noise cancelling?

    When are these going to be available in Australia?

      Found them on EBGames. $168 on the 31st of October.

    Went with the PX5s from Turtle Beach myself.... best piece of gaming kit i've ever bought, just slightly ahead of the DFGT wheel and wheelstand pro combo

    I've recently purchased myself a pair of Turtle Beach MW3 Ear Force Delta headset. I consider myself an audiophile, and these definitely fufill every criteria.

    They have been setup to give one an advantage come MW3 release - so I can't wait. Tested them out on Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3, different presets and also customisable settings you can play with. Pure audio heaven. Honestly the only downside is the price tag, but in my opinion and price range, worth it. It will probably pay itself off in footstep kills thus a better K:D ratio.

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