Headset duel: Sony Pulse 3D against Xbox Wireless Headset


Who will win the headset duel? Compare the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset and the Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

D.he new generation of consoles is here and if you are lucky you will already have a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X or Series S. The game machines should not only raise the graphics to a new level, but also the sound. The console giants Sony and Microsoft are now launching specially developed gaming headsets on the market. They are supposed to pull the gamer even deeper into the game with impressive surround sound, while built-in microphones ensure perfect communication with the other players. But how good are the Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset and Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset?

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Practical: the two headsets can also be used on the computer. Microsoft relies on Bluetooth, while Sony supplies a USB dongle for the wireless connection. In addition, the Puls 3D can be connected to a smartphone using a jack cable – provided that it still has the appropriate socket. The point for the battery life goes to Microsoft: When fully charged, it lasted for almost 21 hours in the test. The Sony gave up after 14 hours. But even that is enough for long battles. And if necessary, both headsets can be used and charged at the same time during gaming marathons.

Microsoft likes to be comfortable

Gaming headsets usually look more futuristic or have flashing lights. The Xbox Wireless Headset and the Sony Pulse 3D, on the other hand, have a simple look with green or white accents. Thanks to the small splashes of color, they also look great with the respective console. But the headsets not only have to look stylish, they also have to sit comfortably on the skull for a long time. Microsoft also scores point when it comes to wearing comfort: the Xbox headset sits comfortably on your head. The testers really liked the large knobs on the earcups. The gamer controls the volume via the right controller and the mix of game and voice chat via the left controller. Sony, on the other hand, relies on small buttons on the left auricle. The buttons are easy to feel, but the operation is more fiddly than with Microsoft.

Sony Pulse 3D versus Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset: Microsoft controller © Microsoft, COMPUTER BILD

Chic and easy to use: the knobs on Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset.

Sony is right in the middle

Sony scored points in the sound test: Brute explosions, roaring engines and spaceships flying by sound more impressive with the Pulse 3D. The sound is more spacious than with the Xbox Wireless Headset. In this way, opponents could also be located more precisely with the Sony in the test. In a shooter, for example, Xbox players can hear less clearly from which direction the fire is coming. However, when a grenade explodes, they can look forward to loud bass and overall clear sound. But not only hearing is important, but also being heard. Sony is losing out on this point. Voices transmitted the PlayStation headset falsified nasally. Microsoft’s voice transmission is also not perfect and a little unnatural. However, the player’s voice just sounds a little less sniffed.

Sony Pulse 3D versus Xbox Wireless Headset: Conclusion

  • Chic design, suitable for the PS5
  • Spatial and precise 3D sound
  • Microphone discolors voices nasally
  • Questionable deactivation of features

  • Good bass
  • High wearing comfort
  • Moderate surround sound
  • Voice slightly distorted (microphone)

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