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If there’s one thing that’s prevalent in a gamer’s arsenal, aside from a vast collection of limited edition copies of games and memorizations of uncanny screen names that would be hilarious outcomes for spelling contests, it’s a gaming headset. If not, they should, as it provides the ultimate gaming experience.

Players will get to hear the trolls, celebratory whoops and yips, and the game sound in epic surround sound.

I was fortunate enough to obtain a headset from Plantronics called the GameCom 780 gaming headset, which has an abundance of features that make this headset the pinnacle of headsets, including:

  • Dolby technology that delivers 7.1 surround sound, noise cancelling microphone so people don’t hear your air conditioner pining for attention
  • Swivelling ear pods lie flat for easy storage
  • Easy-to-reach on-ear volume and mic controls, and an actual USB cord that’s durable

Even though it isn’t advertised because this is a PC gaming headset, this will work with the PS4, and it will work with the chat on the PS3. The only thing that console gamers will not get is the Dolby 5.1 surround sound experience because drivers have to be installed with the provided flash drive.

Since I’m a console gamer beyond anything, I went against all convention and used this headset with the PS4, and it still produced great sound even without the Dolby 5.1 addition.

One thing that I often find when playing with various headsets is that they are like a cute guy with checkbook-balancing issues. Headsets are comfortable for a while and then, after a few hours of playing, I really realize that there’s a device on my head because the headband is provoking in a painful way or my ears have suddenly started sweating. One of the things that make me want to start writing my wedding vows to the GameCom 780 is the sheer fact that it’s really, really comfortable. The cushioned ear cups snuggled better than any dog, allowing me to forget that I had a headset on and just play for hours on end with no breaks.

The headset has on ear controls, but they are a bit difficult to tell their function without being able to see the visual indicators on the headset. There are three controls, one for the volume to control the game sound, one for muting and unmuting your mic, and one to activate the Dolby. It will take some toggling of the switches to remember their positions and functions. What I mean by this is without being able to see the headset, even when it was off my head, I couldn’t tell if my microphone was on or off, and it took me awhile to get that flicking the far left switch on the left earpiece up enabled the microphone.

The volume controls found on the left ear didn’t appear to work on the PS4, so anyone using these headsets in the consoles may have to adjust the volume in the devices menu, but I couldn’t tell if I was, indeed, using the volume rocker. There are not any audible indications that your mic is muted and or unmuted, so you’ll have to use your party as a testing dummy. It would have been nice if Plantronics included some audio cues for the headset to indicate mute status.

The on ear controls won’t hamper anyone from using it, but there’s a memorization necessity that will take some getting used to in order for seamless operation. Naturally, I went through an entire Battlefield match barking orders into a mute microphone one time but still gawked and gushed at the sound immersion produced by the speakers.

It should also be noted that you can’t adjust your microphone volume on the PS4 so streamers and YouTubers will have to turn down game sounds and music in order to be heard clearly when live streaming.

While native to the PC, this headset is a very worthy alternative for the PlayStation consoles, especially for the price of $80 on Amazon, much cheaper than some other PS4 headsets.

The saying is that big things come in small packages. I’m happy to report that many good things come out of an inexpensive price tag regarding the GameCom 780. While it definitely has some minor hassles working on the PS4, such as with the inability to adjust microphone volume and such, for a PC native gaming headset working on the PS4, this is definitely a headset that will make your wallet and eardrums sing with praise because there’s a lot of epic things tucked away in this price tag.

The headset was provided for review by Plantronics Americ.

8.0
 

Great

Summary

This is definitely a headset that will make your wallet and eardrums sing with praise because there’s a lot of epic things tucked away in this price tag.


Robert Kingett

Robert Kingett is a blind journalist in Chicago who is the author of Off the Grid, living blindly without the Internet. He has been gaming ever since he picked up his first Atari back in 1990. he actively makes a living writing for various blogs and websites with the occasional guest post. He is also an advocate, encouraging education about video game accessibility on mainstream gaming publications



  • Wisdomcube2000

    I had this for a few months and the band that connects it over your head cracked in two. It was undamaged before that aka I took good care of it, and I really only used it for around 30mins a day. So it saw little use daily and was looked after pretty well, but it still broke.

    Kinda pissed me off lol since it was a nice headset up until that point. Not sure if the one I had was simply defective when I bought it or if they just cheaped out on the materials, so I figured I’d leave a potential warning here lol.

  • Wisdomcube is correct. The headband part is plastic and it has stress points at the bend where it is just above your ear. I’ve had a set of these snap as well. It doesn’t give any warning or stress sign, just goes pop one day when you’re putting them on. So… pro tip — DO NOT stretch them wider than absolutely necessary when putting them on/off. Also if you want them to last much longer, take a hair dryer and heat the plastic right at the top center a little bit and take a little of the bend out of it there. That prevents it being so tight on your head. However, be very careful doing that because if you loosen it too much there’s no going back. They’re a good enough pair of headphones that I bought a second set after the first ones snapped.

  • Erud

    While the warning abut the possible failure points in the head band is apt, as long you are not in the habit of fiddling with the ear cups you should be fine. They are a tight fit at first, but will adapt to your head given a couple of months, no experimenting with hair dryers needed and I’ve got a pretty big head. They lasted me something like three years and the ultimate failure point was the the cable getting snapped where it connects to the ear cup. Pretty common issue with wired headphones, but in my experience it tends to manifest A LOT sooner in cheaper models. This alone makes me say they are the best thing in their price range. Personally I attribute this prolonged durability to the volume controls being integrated into the ear cup; no little external boxes getting snagged everywhere. If I wasn’t planning on upgrading to a proper audiophile setup I’d buy an other pair in a second.

  • Douglas MacArthur

    The general materials quality is beyond horrendous on this headset. Mine too cracked at the bow, but even before that happened the red USB cable began to peel. I have never once seen this happen even with the cheapest cables you would get from some Ebay seller from Hong Kong. This occurred roughly six months in. Aside from that, the microphone arm became lose and would drop below my mouth level, resulting in me having to fix it in place with duct tape.

    To summarise, what you get in your mail is rather nice, but it does not last.