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.
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.(Review Policy)