next-gen console needs a next-gen headset. Designed to complement the PlayStation 5 and its Tempest positional audio system, the Pulse 3D wireless headset does incredible things with PS5 games made to take advantage of the console’s new audio-centric powers. Not only do your games sound clean and clear, they have a sense of space and place that most other systems do not have, even with surround sound.
Sony Pulse 3D – Design and Features
In both form and function, the Pulse 3D feels like an extension of the PS5. Its white plastic top band and black ear cups create the same contrast as the black tower and white wings of the PS5 hardware. The top band’s simple but elegant curves imbue it with a minimalist mystique that’s especially noticeable when you look at it on a hook or a headphone stand.
The top band features two connected but separate parts: the aforementioned outer frame, made of white plastic, and a black rubber support band that “pads” the headset by minimizing how much of the weight falls directly on your head. (It also makes the headset adjustable, even though the frame has no movable parts). Despite not having any real padding on top, the headset is comfortable on my head: At just 295 grams, I can barely feel its weight. On a purely cosmetic level, the two-band design makes it look a little dopey, at least on me. There’s a big gap between the support band and the frame, which undermines the headset’s generally impressive aesthetic.