Best Xbox One and PS4 Call of Duty Ghosts Headset 2014
In competitive Call of Duty matchups any advantage you have over your opponent can mean the difference between victory and defeat. A good gaming headset with finely-tuned audio gives you the directional accuracy you need to know where your opponent is.
While I find some gamer-geared components a little overrated in terms of how much they help you in the game I think headsets are often times underrated. With the release of Call of Duty Ghosts and the MLG scheduling a season of it rather than Black Ops II it seems like a good time to visit all of the new headsets coming out for the PS4 and the Xbox One to see which ones give you the best overall value for the money.
MLG not taking it's time with COD Ghosts:
Speaking of MLG they're not making us wait for COD Ghosts competition and are offering a $50,000 prize pool on November 5th.
Headset Adapter Woes for Xbox One, Bluetooth Not Supported for PS4
If you're looking to use your previous headset or one of the newly released options for Turtle Beach, then you're in for a bit of a wait because Microsoft's Xbox One Audio adapter won't be ready in time. As of right now most Xbox One geared headphones won't be released until February 14, 2014.
Can you use your old headset for the Xbox One?
These adapters should allow you to use your older headset as well according to Xbox One lead planner Albert Penello. They do this by connecting the Xbox 360's chat cable to the Xbox One's new proprietary digital audio port.
A way around this would be to use the optical digital audio port and then route your chat through the Kinect.
PS4 and USB Headsets
Initially USB headsets that worked on the PS3 won't work with the PS4. This is according to a Game Informer article and according to Sony they'll eventually work with an update. Looks like Both PS4 and Xbox One owners have tricky issues to deal with.
Bluetooth will not be supported for the PS4.
Best Call of Duty Ghosts Headset for the Money 2014
Xbox One and PS4 Ready Headsets Under $250
In the highly coveted professional gamer headset console category there are two headsets that really stick out above the rest for Call of Duty gamers. The Astro A40s, MLG's previously sponsored headset, and the Turtle Beach XP Seven headset taken on in 2014.
Turtle Beach XP Seven Vs. Astro A40
I've written an entire article with the differences between these two headsets. In a couple sentences here's what I basically think.
The XP Seven, in my opinion has better mids and highs for sound quality. This should certainly help for gunshots and footsteps; however, the Astro A40s have better base and, in my opinion the better mixer.
The XP Seven feels tight on large heads at first, but loosens up over time while the Astro A40s feel get from the start.
As far as the ear buds are concerned I think the A40s get a bit dirtier and don't feel quite as comfortable.
Which one do I like better?
Because I'm a bigger guy with a large head I think the A40's are just a bit more comfortable; however, there are a lot of gamers saying they much prefer the sound of the XP Sevens. Overall it may come down to which one you prefer.
Mixing it up:
A high-end solution for those looking for the best audio may be to purchase the Astro mixer to use with the XP Sevens.
Console Headsets Under $150
PS4 Users Should Consider the Ear Force PX4:
If you have a PS4, then one headset that really sticks out is the Ear Force PX4. It's a wireless headset with blue tooth chat that has dolby digital surround sound for directional accuracy.
Another thing I really like about this generation of Turtle Beach Headsets is that they make comfort a priority. When you're in a long gaming session having breathable mesh ear cushions and comfortable padding on top of the headband are a must.
Overall the PX4 is a good headset that brings a lot of value to the higher-end PS4 user. While there were good options from the PS3 that could potentially carry over in due time, if you want to be up and running on release date, then one of the newer options will get you there.
Ear Force XO Seven s. Polk Audio 4Shot
While I don't know everything about these two headphones here's what I do know.
The XO seven has a removable boom mic while the Polk 4 shot have a retractable microphone.
Design and Functionality:
The XO Seven is designed clearly with gamers in mind. This is a headset that looks good while you're gaming, but the Polk, while a bit more bland, is more functional in all environments and will work with your iPhone. Internal parts are advertised as better for the XO Seven; however, with the 4 shot you get Polk's audio experts who worked along with Microsoft directly.
A Good Xbox One Headset Under $100
If you've got just about $100 to spend, then take a look at the XO Four from Turtle Beach.
While it doesn't have the woven padding or memory foam ear cushions of the PX4 it is still very comfortable with a leather headband and mesh ear cushions. In addition you get cinematic surround sound for hearing your enemies come.
Overall you get decent sound quality with the XO Fours and you don't have to pay a fortune. There is no removable mic or faceplates, but for a Xbox One dedicated headset these are still a good buy for the money.
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