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- 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound: Experience rich, highly positional virtual surround sound powered by revolutionary 3D audio technology
- 3D Audio: In select PS4 games that fully support 3D audio, hear and feel an amazingly rich audio experience with surround sound emanating from all directions, including above and below you
- Multi-device Compatibility: Connect wirelessly to your PS4 and personal computer. Connect to a PlayStation VR headset or mobile device with the included 3.5mm audio cable
- Exclusive Audio Modes: Download the companion app from PlayStation® Store to tune your headset with audio modes created by developers to bring out every subtle nuance in their game
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How Games Were Made to Sound
The Platinum Wireless Headset redefines premium gaming audio by creating an incredibly rich and detailed soundstage for your virtual world, faithfully delivering everything from the whisper of ghosts to the thunder of guns in stunning 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound powered by revolutionary 3D Audio technology. Its advanced, built-in dual mics capture your voice and cancel out distractions, while a comfortable design and extended-life battery keep you playing longer. This is how games were made to sound.
7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
Experience rich, highly positional virtual surround sound powered by revolutionary 3D audio technology.
The Platinum Wireless Headset redefines premium gaming audio by creating an incredibly rich and detailed soundstage for your virtual world, faithfully delivering everything from the whisper of ghosts to the thunder of guns in stunning 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound, all powered by revolutionary 3D Audio technology. Its advanced, built-in dual mics capture your voice and cancel out distractions, while an extended-life battery keeps you playing longer. A light, comfortable design keeps your focus where it needs to be. And free, exclusive audio modes elevate your favourite titles to the next level. This is how games were made to sound.
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Astro A50s have better sound quality. Not that the PS4 Platinum is bad, there's not a massive difference in quality, but if you are an audiophile you will notice a difference.
PS4 Platinum gives off a more exaggerated sound while the A50 sounds more natural. A50 has a better range in terms of audio quality (does well in low, mids and highs) as the Sony Platinum is good at mid to highs.
PS4 Platinum has a better spacial awareness or where enemies and sound is coming from in game (especially with 3D audio*). So if you are a hardcore gamer and want a more functional headset (in terms of gameplay) compared to one that sounds better, the PS4 platinum is a better choice.
*3D audio is only present in a few games at the moment and it spacial awareness is amazing. The spacial awareness still works on titles that do not support 3D audio, but not as pronounced as you cannot hear what's above or below you. Both Astro A50 and PS4 Platinum you are able to hear what's going on around you (not top/bottom with non-3d audio compatible games for Sony Plat) but Sony Platinum does a better job. Hope this headset catches on as i like to see more games with 3D audio.
PS4 Platinum has a weaker build as I say most of the cost went into the technology.
The PS4 platinum is able to fold up if you want to travel with it or put it in a compact storage space.
In general the Astro A50s has a more sturdy build, but not as portable.
Both are very comfortable to wear over extended periods of time
Astro A50 buttons are easier to press and is more user friendly especially with the analog scroll volume wheel . PS4 Platinum has most of the functions along the back side of the headset and most buttons have similar tactile feedback so it's hard to get a grasp at it at times.
Exception of the metal band on top the PS4 Platinum looks very bland
A50 has a lot of going on especially with the spiral cords on the side of the headset
Right off the bat, if you want surround sound on the PS4 Platinum headset, it ONLY works on the PS4/PS4 Pro. If you want to use it on other devices it will only output stereo.
Astro A50 surround sound can be outputted on other devices like PC and XboxOne (if you have the adapter)
Both does not have bluetooth as they have their own receiver.
Astro A50 uses a mix amp while the Sony Platinum uses a USB dongle
With the Astro A50 there's more wiring as you have to connect it the PS4 via wired USB and an optical cable. PS4 Platinum just used a Wireless USB dongle, so you just plug and play instead of fiddling around with wires.
If you want to use your headset to connect to a device with a 3mm jack, the PS4Platinum as a dedicated 3mm headphone port on the headset itself, but know that it only outputs stereo. Astro A50 on the other hand, have no wired 3mm option to the headset itself as you have to connect via the mix amp which needs to connect via USB power source, and 3mm audio cable coming out of the mix amp. Sony Platinum is more portable in this sense as if you want to bring the Astro A50 out in public you have to connect the mix amp via power bank and deal with two separate wires
Both have custom software, but the PS4 Platinum is easily accessible via PS4 app if you play on the PS4. For the Astro A50 you have to set it up via PC then download the info to the headset before you can use a new custom preset.
The PS4 Platinum headset app has custom setting for specific games that the developers put in that take advantage of the 3D audio. As of this review only 4 titles are available: Uncharted 4, Watch Dogs 2, Last Guardian, and MLB The Show 16
Both are about the same. Astro A50 is slightly better, but if you don't listen to them side-by-side and try to focus on the audio they're generally the same. You can hear each other person well on the other end and vice versa. Astro A50s you have to pull down the mic so it's in front of your face, but that's generally not an issue. It's easier to mute chat volume with Astro A50 as you just have to lift up the boom mic as i find that much faster than reaching back and hitting a dedicated mute button on the Sony Platinum
PS4 platinum has 2-3 times more battery than the Astro A50s depending on volume and chat settings
For the price I'd say the PS4 Platinum is a good value if you're on a budget (only if you play it on the PS4 as the surround sound doesn't work on any other devices) as the Astro A50 you'll be paying $100+ more depending on where you purchase it. If you can shell out more I'd go for the A50 if you want a more immersive audio experience
Astro A50 has better audio quality, but PS4 Platinum out preforms it in spacial awareness.
Astro A50 has a better build, but if you don't' toss your headset in the corner of the room each time, both should last a long time.
It's easier to access buttons with the Astro A50s even if you build muscle memory on the PS4 Platinum as the locations and tactile feedback of the buttons on the Astro A50s are more intuitive
Battery life on the PS4 Platinum is way better.
Personally I'm going to use both, now I can use the A50 as a PC only headset since before I have to keep moving the Mix Amp when I want to change console/systems.
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I am happy with it because it is quite noticeably a better product. It won't compete with BOSE or the like, but for under $200, they are pretty nice.
-connection is solid (within 20 feet line of sight)
-volume is loud, both game sound and chat
-microphone appears to be clear. No complaints from other players yet.
-setup was quick and effortless
-good battery life. 6 hours on partial charge.
-bass is really lacking. Even with the bass adjustment all the way up, the sound quality was mediocre.
-no tension adjustment. It is a tad too tight for my big head.
-volume adjustment is slow. If a troll comes along and starts blasting their mic, its quicker to rip off your headset.
-USB dongle blinks when not connected to device. (may annoy you when not using the headset) Edit: it blinks for about 30 seconds and then stops blinking.
If these were $100 headphones, I'd be a bit more forgiving. But to market these as the top of the line Platinum headsets, it makes me wonder why I spent the extra $80 over the Golds. It's not THAT much better.
As for connection issues, I have not experienced any. Walking 20 feet away is fine until you pass by a wall. Then it drops out completely. Upon re-entering the connection zone, it reconnects and no input is required from the user. Same thing when turning the unit on. Just turn on and it connects to the first remote that is connected.
The USB dongle has a blue light that shines solid when connection is acquired. It blinks when no device is found. A little annoying when you don't want to use the headset and leave the dongle in.
The ear cups slide up and down on the band. The band itself doesn't change length. This is the first headset that I owned with such mechanism.