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Initial impressions are good... but not an essential purchase (UPDATE#2)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2020
Today I received my Pulse 3D Headset… but alas no PS5 to connect it to until next Thursday :(
I’ll update this review once I’ve had chance to try these bad boys out, but I thought I’d offer my opinion on the aesthetics for the time being.
Coming from the Platinum Wireless Headset (which I loved) I would have to say that my initial impression are that of disappointment. The headset looks nice (but not as nice as the Platinum in my opinion) and it does match the new white theme that Sony have introduced. I also like that this was a lot cheaper than my previous headset, but I do wonder if Sony are purposefully releasing a lesser model now to only introduce the Pulse Platinum version in the not-to-distant future!
As for build quality - it feels sturdy enough and fits comfortably on my bulbous head. The ear cups are soft and snug and I have the impression that I could wear this for suitably long periods of time.
The above aside, based on the aesthetics only, this isn’t a must have purchase (especially if you have another headset that’s compatible). That being said, the real test will be when I can actually connect it and experience the 3D sound… which will either be amazeballs, or completely overhyped!
For now, I’ll have to contend with just wearing it around the house like I’m some Star Wars reject from the Red Squadron!
For anyone reading this and wondering why I've not updated my experience with the Pulse 3D, it's purely due to the fact that my PS5 died within 4 hours of ownership (see my PS5 review on Amazon). As such, I never even got to connect these up and try them out.
I will of course add a 2nd update when I get chance, but, at present, I would warn anyone off buying any PS5 accessories until they can confirm they have a working system - as if you're forced to return for a refund (or if you're one of the unfortunately ones who didn't receive your PS5 due the well publicised delivery/switching fiasco) then you could be left with some expensive accessories and no system to use them on!
So, now I have my PS5 replaced I've finally got around to using the Pulse 3D and I have to say... I kinda wished I hadn't bothered. Don't get me wrong, the sound is good, but I haven't noticed anything spectacular with either the Spider-Man or Astro games. What I have found is that my ears get very hot and the whole headset feels uncomfortable after prolonged use (not something I've had with other headsets). This could be just me, but given how much of a game-changer the DualSense Controller is, I'm underwhelmed that this headset didn't bring the same magic. With this in mind, I've removed a star... I'll leave it at 3 stars, but know that it was between this and 2 stars for me.