HyperX Cloud Gaming PlayStation 4 Review

HyperX aren’t stopping on releasing more gaming peripherals to the market, and more with gaming headsets with their Cloud Gaming series. We previously reviewed the first two Cloud headsets and we were impressed on the overall build and performance. Now they are expanding for the console market by teaming up with PlayStation to launch a series of gaming headsets to the market, and one of their recent product is the Cloud Gaming for the PlayStation 4. We tested out the headset to see if the Cloud headset can deliver for the console gamers.

Let’s first take a look at the specs of the HyperX Cloud Gaming PlayStation 4:

Headset

  • Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type: Circumaural, Closed back
  • Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 41 Ω
  • Sound pressure level: 95dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • H.D.: < 2%
  • Weight: 325g
  • Weight w/ mic: 337g
  • Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m)
  • Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole)

Microphone

  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

Packaging

The package box is less attractive as it does not have a special box to store the headset which the early releases of the HyperX Cloud headset had, as it now packed in a plastic packaging along with a small instruction booklet.

Unlike the original release of the HyperX Cloud headset, the PlayStation 4 edition lacks an extension cable and no extra pair of ear cushions, and sadly you can only get the leatherette ear cushions, so those who wants a cloth cushion may have to purchase it separately.

Design

From the very start, you will definitely notice that the Cloud Gaming PlayStation 4 is basically the Cloud Gaming headset, but recolored to match the PlayStation 4’s color scheme instead of the standard red and black theme. The aluminum frame that holds the ear cups are colored in chrome blue and the same goes with the HyperX logo on the ear cups, there is also blue seam lines on the head band portion as well. The PlayStation logo are on found on both sides of the headset and the signature HyperX text can be found on the head band.

The color seems to match well with the Cloud Gaming design, where you can pair it with your outdoor gear when you go out travelling with the headset. Its detachable microphone is fully bendable that you can adjust to your preferred angle. The volume and mic control are now attached to the cable of the headset, the cable is also braided as like with the original version for added protection on the cable.  It uses the standard 3.5mm audio jack that can be plugged into the Dual Shock 4 controller and the microphone fully supports voice chat for the PlayStation 4.

Performance

In terms of comfort, the HyperX Cloud still nails it, the soft ear cushions allow for comfort after wearing for long periods of time, the only gripes is the leatherette can be uncomfortable during a hot season as the heat is trapped in the ear cushions as compared to the cloth version that allows it to breathe. The design of the headset makes it fit to any head sizes, so you don’t have to worry if you have a large or small head as it will still be comfortable to use. The aluminum frame makes the HyperX Cloud headset durable and will last for a long time in everyday use, so even if you use it in outdoors, the headset can withstand bumps and drops.

Despite being a PlayStation 4 licensed headset, the HyperX Cloud is still compatible to any device with a 3.5mm audio jack port. Though the lack of an extension cable makes it difficult to use for PC due to the short 1.3 meter cable length, it still works well with smartphones and even with the Nintendo Switch if you want to use if on your daily commute.

As for audio quality, it does not disappoint. The 53mm drivers allow it to produce great amount of bass and treble, plus it has good noise reduction that lets you hear more audio from your gaming and less from hearing outside noises. Testing it on games like Monster Hunter World, Warframe and Kingdom Hearts 3 makes you immerse with the games as the growls from the monsters are more intense and voiced dialogues are clearer. The detachable microphone has better clarity and it does not make your voice muffled on voice chats.

Verdict

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Gaming PlayStation 4 features a very familiar HyperX Cloud headset but dressed to match with your PlayStation 4 console, and it’s not a bad thing. All the great qualities you would find from the iconic HyperX headset is still there, sans the additional accessories like extra ear cushion and extension cable. Those who already owned a Cloud gaming headset may have no reason to get the PS4 version as it is pretty much the same specs and design with the exception of a different color scheme. But for those who are looking for a really good gaming headset for the PlayStation 4 or even in other gaming consoles, then this is a must buy.

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