Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
In just over a month’s time, I’ll be exploring the EGX showfloor indulged in a world of games and games accessories. EGX is of course a great place to try the latest games but it’s also a fantastic place to check out the latest gaming gear; from PC cases and components to custom controllers and merch.
One thing in particular that I always keep an eye on and enjoy trying out is gaming headsets.
I actually have a pretty decent gaming headset; the Astro A40 Halo 5 edition. They’re comfortable, sound good, have a decent microphone and easy to use volume and mute settings. They’ve also lasted a few years without any issues and go well with my Xbox and PC set-up.
Before the Astros, I dabbled with various headsets from the very cheap to some alright Trittons – not the most comfortable but did the job.
In an odd sort of way, I didn’t really care about the game sound and just used the headsets as a way to communicate with others during online games. Well, I was wrong. The day I bought a decent headset made me realise how much more depth there was to some of the games I played.
Halo was a real eye-opener as I was hearing things I didn’t realise existed in the game and I almost felt like I was cheating in online games as I could hear everything from footsteps to grav lifts that were hard to hear through TV sound and actually made the game easier to play.
Headsets come in many shapes and sizes and finding the right one for you is important. I’ve tried some expensive headsets and while the sound quality can be incredible, I’ve found some uncomfortable despite the rave reviews. No doubt this is just me but it just made it clear that trying them out and making sure they were comfortable for me was the way to go.
It’s also important to consider the inputs and devices they work with. As mentioned, I primarily play on Xbox and PC so I needed something that would easily work with these bits of kit.
The prices of headsets vary massively but don’t be fooled. Do some research and read around what you get for your money. A good headset doesn’t have to cost a lot but equally, there are some brands that are better than others.
I’ve confessed many times how much I love different gaming accessories and the culture around them but if all the kit we’ve previously talked about, for me, a decent, comfortable headset is so important. Not only does it make the gameplay better, it allows you to keep playing got hours without any issues!