The Venom Vibration Stereo Headset is an officially licensed product that can be used with the PS3 and PS4. This is the successor to the Venom XT+ that we reviewed in 2014. The RRP for this headset is £49.99, but you can pick it up for just £30.99 from Zavvi.
This is a wired headset that boasts a fully adjustable headband and microphone that is constructed from plastic which has a soft touch ruberized finish. The sound is pumped in to your ears courtesy of two 40mm Neodymium drivers and the vibration, which is designed to mimic the rumble feature you’d find in the Dualshock 4 controller is provided by two additional 30mm drivers. The ear cups are made from a faux leather material and just about cover the ears. There is also an in-line remote that independently controls the game and chat volume, as well as the vibration intensity. It also incorporates a mute button that can be used to hide your displeasure after getting tea-bagged by annoying teenagers on Call of Duty.
As soon as I removed this set from it’s packaging it instantly felt cheaper than the previous model that we reviewed. The design may have been aimed at making the headset lighter, but it just seems less sturdy and not as well made as the Venom XT+. This was very disappointing as I really liked the previous model and would have expected a better build quality considering this is an officially licensed Playstation Product.
Set up is relatively straight forward, you just need to insert the USB in to the console, plug the 3.5mm audio connection in to the headphone jack on your TV and then change one setting in the consoles audio options. There is also a phono adapter included if wish to connect to an external audio amplifier. It literally takes only a few minutes to get started!
This is a very light and comfortable headset, the ear cups cover your ears and provide a decent seal to cut out exterior noise
Now, my previous whining could be overlooked if the sound quality was decent. Unfortunately it wasn’t impressive enough to make me forget the other shortcomings, so I’m really hoping the Vibration feature saves the day. The sound quality was perfectly adequate whilst playing shooty shoot bang bang games, but when it comes to games where you really like to hear the full range of audio like voice and music, it falls flat and at times leaves you struggling to clearly hear the game dialog. I was however impressed by the quality of the microphone during chat, this is especially important if you are going to be using the headset to live stream.
So the main selling point of this headset is the vibration feature and it’s one area that there’s been a noticeable improvement. The vibration was in fact so strong that I had to turn it down a little, otherwise I’m pretty sure I’d have lost a filling. Although it may seem like a gimmick, the vibration feature is a nice addition to a headset, especially when the shit hits the fan in shooting games and there’s explosions going off all over the place. It helps to immerse yourself in to the action.
So in summary, if you are after a headset especially for the vibration feature, then this is for you. Otherwise there are a few other headsets in this price range that don’t have vibration, but offer superior sound and build quality.
The headset comes in 2 colours:
White £30.99 @Zavvi
Black £30.99 @Zavvi