As a father of three and maintainer of a full-time job, what I look for in my gaming accessories has changed pretty drastically over the years. Thankfully, HyperX has a solution that meets the majority of those needs, while maintaining a price point that is easy to swallow.
The durability of the headset is selling point 1-A in my book. The aluminum frame can take a fair beating, along with multiple drops from kids’ hands, and not skip a beat. Even the detachable microphone is built sturdily enough to withstand some punishment while connected to the headset.
If durability is at the top of the list, comfort stands squarely next to it.
I wear glasses – I have since I was a kid. I can’t tell you the number of headsets I’ve worn that, after less than an hour, my skull is in need of a breather from the pressure the “padding” puts on my frames. To my extreme delight, I was able to don the Cloud headset for multiple hours without the need of an eyewear break – and yes, I’m aware of how 1980s nerdy that sounds.
Continuing with the theme of comfort, I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the padding over the ears didn’t cause me to sweat after prolonged use. This was something I felt was almost guaranteed to happen with any pair of over-the-ear headphones, but I never had an instance of this during my time using them.
The PlayStation branding that comes from this particular headset amounts to some slick black and blue coloring, as well as a few PlayStation logos on each side of the headband. I didn’t notice a practical benefit from the officially licensed aspect, but I sure looked good while wearing them and holding a PS4 controller in my hand.
The line that runs from the headset into the bottom of the PS4 controller holds in-line microphone controls that are easy to adjust on the fly. There is a dial for adjusting the volume up and down, as well as a slider to mute/unmute the microphone. Once I got used to where the controls were along the line, I didn’t think twice about how to make the tweaks I needed at a moment’s notice.
The detachable noise-cancellation microphone itself, as I mentioned earlier, is plenty sturdy and easy to plug in/remove as needed. I never once had an issue where other players told me I was difficult to understand due to muffling or crackling.
This whole package comes in at a refreshingly affordable price point – $80. This includes a two-year warranty, which as a parent, is an excellent bonus.
If you’re searching for a durable pair of gaming headphones that won’t break the bank, it would benefit you to give the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset a look.