Great audio experiences are a huge part of VR.
No matter what VR headset you are using, you want to make sure you have decent headphones. That full immersion experience, where your physical world is replaced by the virtual one, has a lot to do with hearing things from all around you. Knowing that when you turn your head you’ll see something coming from the direction you just heard it is a big deal, but if you can hear the real world as well it takes away from this experience.
Since PlayStation VR does come with wraparound earbuds, wired headphones may not seem like a big deal. However, the higher quality the headphones, the better the immersion is in the VR World.
Killer headphones are going to be a big deal with PlayStation VR, so here’s what you should be looking for if you’re planning an upgrade.
- Best overall: PlayStation Gold Wireless
- Best runner up: Bionic Mantis
- Best on-a-budget- option: iJoy Premium
PlayStation Gold Wireless
Wired headphones also mean another cable dangling from your body while you’re playing, though, and that could be a problem when furiously moving around with PlayStation Move controllers in each hand. If you’re thinking about going wireless, Sony already makes a fantastic headset specifically for the PlayStation 4 that sounds great and will play nice with PlayStation VR. It’s called PlayStation Gold Wireless, and you can pick them up today for $98.50!
Why is PlayStation Gold the best option?
Why are these headphones the best? They’re headphones that were built for gaming on the PlayStation and it definitely shows. They support 7.1 surround sound so you never miss a thing, and have an internal noise-canceling microphone to make sure your friends can always clearly hear what you are saying when you game together. If you prefer a wired setup, these headphones rock a 3.5mm headphone jack which means you do have the ability to plug them in physically. You even have the option to customize these headphones by swapping out the faceplate for something more suited to your style.
Go integrated with Bionic Mantis
For those of you that want something designed just for PlayStation VR, there is one last option. The Bionic Mantis headphones. Designed specifically for use in VR, these headphones look more like earbuds and deliver an awesome experience. They clip right onto your headset and then rest against your ears. This means you won’t get the uncomfortable feeling of an earbud jammed into your ear canal, or the discomfort of headphones digging into the top of your head. For only $49.99 there’s no hefty price tag hitting your wallet
What makes Bionic Mantis so cool?
Bionic Mantis has hit our number two on the list for quite a few reasons. These headphones click directly into your PlayStation VR, which ought to also help with sound quality. These are some of the first headphones built specifically for VR, and they were created with PlayStation VR users in mind. Heck, they even match the color. These are a great option for anyone who is looking for an awesome pair of headphones to use in VR. You get the superior audio quality of headphones with PlayStation VR, without wires to get in your way or earbuds that will fall out in the process.
Spare your waller with iJoy Premium
iJoy headphones are perfect for when you’re working on a budget. For only $15.99 on Amazon, you can get yourself a pair of these over-the-ear headphones that will work just fine for your PlayStation VR usage. This way you can give yourself a more controlled audio without having to break your bank.
Why is iJoy Premium the best option for my budget?
Aside from price, there are a few awesome features these headphones have. Not only do you have the comfort of over-the-ear, but you can connect them through BlueTooth. This means there are no cords when you are attempting to run from the zombies in your face. There are 7 different options of colors for you to choose from and over 4 hours of battery life! The package is complete with a 6-month warranty option, so you don’t have to worry if you get a defective pair. Your money is still protected. You won’t get the best noise-canceling options, but they’ll definitely get the job done.
What kind of headphones are you rocking?
Are you using a different pair of headphones than what we’ve listed above? Tell us what you’re using and why you love or hate them in the comment section below! Or shoot me a tweet about it @originalsluggo.
Updated August 2018: We’ve added iJoy to our list so you also have an option for when you’re on a budget!
August 13, 2018 at 03:35AM