Everyone is familiar with virtual reality these days. From training staff to designing buildings, VR has granted our wish of having a reset button come to life.
For a gamer geek, VR for gaming is a blessing. For all those gamers who have uncomfortable controllers or are trapped at a certain level, thinking how easy it would be if you could just control the character, a VR headset might be your answer. Visualization is only 50% of the VR experience while the other 50% is sound. Most headsets have built-in headphones that aren’t adequate to unlock the maximum VR experience.
The PSVR is a virtual reality headset by Sony that is made especially for the PS4 or PS4 Pro console. The PS-VR already has incorporated headphones.
You might ask, why do I need a separate pair of headphones?
Because they may not give you the best VR experience. There is a wide variety of headphones currently that connects to the PSVR that gives you a better immersion in terms of comfort, quality, and sound.
This LED-lit pair of headphones looks like its straight out of a Star Wars movie. The BENGOO G9000 is designed specifically for gaming making this an ideal pair to use with you PSVR.
I believe this is a good bargain, but with its price tag, there are also a few drawbacks to it.
With sound quality, the G9000 hits the mark. With surround sound, there is a good balance of sound, but the bass can sometimes be overpowering. This is a personal preference and I am not a big fan of the BOOM BOOM. The G9000 are powered by the standard 40mm drivers.
In terms of comfort, the Skin-friendly over the earpads is honestly great! This also provides noise isolation. The soft memory foam headband pad is comfortable. You can even wear headphones all day and not feel it.
- Multiple Colors
- Sturdy Cable
- Inline Volume Control
- Overly Sensitive Microphone
- LED lights require a USB connection
The name says it all. Made by Sony especially for the PlayStation, this pair is quite remarkable in terms of sound quality and comfort.
With 50mm drivers on each cup, this pair supports 7.1 virtual surround sound. If you’re an audiophile, you know how immersive this can get. From the thunder of guns to a whisper of a ghost this pair delivers.
However, the headband padding can be quite minimal with just a rubber band. The earpads nonetheless have plush memory foam covered in black faux leather.
- Very good sound quality
- Made for PlayStation
- Plastic design seems fragile
- Wireless connectivity only with PS4
The Stealth 350VR is bought to you by the global gaming accessory manufacture Turtle Beach.
The amplified pair of headphones is made especially for the VR experience.
With battery-powered amplification, the immersive experience is taken to the next level. This headset offers a bass boost feature for you BOOM BOOM fans out there which can be easily varied.
Ergonomically designed to fit the PS-VR, the earpads are made of memory foam and covered in fabric. The headband is cushioned with a thick layer of memory foam making the gaming experience very comfortable.
What makes this unique is the detachable microphone with Mic Monitoring. This feature allows the user to hear themselves so that they can control their volume and not scream at teammates.
- Extremely comfortable
- Detamhable mic
- Mic Monitoring
- Budget packaging
- Relatively heavyHeavy
Another one in our list with LED lights.
This affordable pair doesn’t match up to the top tier headphones and hence the word affordable should be used to describe it.
For gamers who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, this might be a budget alternative.
In terms of sound, this pair offers great stereo sound and deep bass but can be a disappointment when it comes to surround sound. The surround sound system isn’t quite up to par to deliver directional awareness.
You might get stabbed in the back if you use these headphones.
Read our FAQ section to find out.
In terms of comfort, the ear pads are large, with plenty of foam making sure your ears are protected. The same goes for the headband, which is quite flexible too.
- Looks good
- Good stereo sound
- Bad surround sound
Our lightweight champ weighingng less than 100g (0.2lbs) is also another budget-friendly option.
Due to the budget nature of this pair, the surround sound systems aren’t that great. However, the sound quality for the price is quite good. The 40mm drivers do a decent job of interpreting what’s happening in the game with a decent sense of space and direction. The sound balance is quite off though with the sharp highs and muddy bass.
The synthetic leather earpads are quite comfortable and fit nicely. The headband can be easily adjusted too.
With this pair, you get what you pay for!
- Super lightweight
- Lacks proper surround sound
- Budget material
Buying Guide and FAQ
Are any pair of headphones compatible with the PS-VR?
The answer is a flat-out no. You need a pair that can augment 3D sound.
What is 3D sound?
For all newbies to the VR world, 3D sound aka Binaural sound, is a distinctive way of recording sound that matches the movements in our head and how our brain processes sound.
Ever wondered how you can hear from which direction sound is coming?
The frequency of a sound wave depends on how far it has travelled through the air and the angle at which it reflects off your ears. The brain processes the delay, volume and frequency to determine the direction.
3D sound recording methods use the same principles to emulate the way our brains process it.
What to look for in a VR headphone :
Audio Quality – The most important criteria to consider is sound quality. The point of buying another pair of headphones rather than using the earphones provided with the PS-VR provides a more immersive experience. Therefore, when it comes to sound quality, no compromise should be made.
Audio quality is determined by a couple of factors:
- Frequency – The Human audio spectrum ranges from 20Hz to 20KHz. Your headphones of choice should at least support this range. If you enjoy the loud BOOM BOOM (Yes, I’m talking about the bass), you should look for something closer to the 20Hz mark.
- Noise Isolation – For virtual “reality”, it is best to block outside sound. Sounds other than that from the game can disturb the immersive experience.
- Surround Sound – Remember the science jargon we mentioned about different angles of reflection? Surround sound helps this and lets you feel the directionality of sound.
This means no more getting stabbed in the back while in enemy territory.
Comfort : VR games will make you break a sweat. Therefore, this is another essential aspect to consider when purchasing a pair of VR headphones.
- Headband : The ideal headband should be adjustable so that the headphones can be fitted properly and won’t come off. Also pay close attention to padding on the headband which makes it comfortable to wear for longer periods.
- Weight : The lighter the better. You don’t want to be moving around with the feeling of having something heavy on your head. The PS-VR is quite bulky already, therefore a lighter pair of headphones would be beneficial.
Over-Ear or On-Ear ?
This is a personal preference.
There isn’t much of a difference between the two, except for the fact that over-ear headphones have the potential to block out more noise (noise isolation).
Wired or Wireless
Dangling and tangled wires are an actual problem. Wireless headphones win in every possible way except when it comes to virtual reality. To get the full 3D experience, wired headphones are recommended. Using wireless headphones may cause a loss of quality due to high latency or lag.
The audio and video always have to be in sync.
This doesn’t mean you have to get a wired pair though. Most wireless headphones these days come with a 3.5mm jack.
Looks like wireless wins this round too.
Hope you enjoyed our quick read on the Best PSVR headphones and learned some science too!