Due to the timing of the release of the PS4, the biggest omission of the original release was the lack of support for native 4K resolution gaming. While this was later supported with the release of the PS4 Pro, 4K gaming never truly met its full potential on the last generation of consoles. Luckily 4K gaming has become somewhat necessary as the ubiquity of 4K televisions and monitors has come to the forefront. Sony has announced that not only will the PS5 have native 4K support for all their new gaming titles, but they have also gone as far to say they will support 8K gaming in time, although this won’t realistically become the norm until quite a few years down the road.
Obviously with the increased resolution, the performance under the hood will necessitate a serious upgrade and overhaul of the current hardware found in the PlayStation 4. The PS5 hasn’t come up short, seeing massive improvements in computing power, memory, and high speed storage. Featuring a AMD Zen 2 3.5 GHz processor at a variable frequency, you’ll get eight cores of supercharged gaming performance.
In addition the brand new graphics architecture, the PS5 features 10.28 teraflops of graphics processing power with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. Another mainstay of the laptop and desktop computing world, solid state drives have officially become the standard storage system, with Sony boasting its own custom 800 GB drives with top tier speeds and performance. This is not only imperative in terms of overall storage space, but the ability to read and write the massive game files we have become accustomed to with Triple A titles will be greatly improved on the newest console.
The performance in terms of resolution and graphics aren’t the only overhauls Sony has made to the newest console, with the brand new Tempest 3D audio engine creating immersive and realistic audio. Surpassing the simple surround sound featured with current gaming titles, the Tempest engine will add increasingly directional audio effects baked into the soundscape design from the game developers. This will result in ambient sounds having realistic levels, directional audio adjusting as you roam throughout the gaming world, and a greater sense of relative distance and realism to the audio effects you experience in game.
Luckily, this massive upgrade in audio will be supported out of the box with most standard headphones, with any headset with a 3.5 mm jack supported via connection to the new DualSense PS5 controller. While these effects may be further enhanced by their new Pulse 3D headset, which is to be released along side the console in the near future, it shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the impressive audio design with your own gaming earbuds.
Below we will touch on a few of the best gaming earbuds you will be able to use with the release of the new generation of the PlayStation, as well as their key features for in game chat, in ear comfort, and audio levels and performance.
1. Turtle Beach Battle Buds
Released from one of the titans of gaming peripherals, more specifically gaming headsets, the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are a top tier in-ear headset designed for gaming performance. Compatible with the full range of gaming consoles, this is a wired headset that can be easily plugged into a current XBOX or PS4 controller. These should be easily compatible with the upcoming PlayStation 5, as we can assume the controllers will still have the built in 3.5 mm headphone jack that is found with the current generation of controllers.
This headset is shipped with six different sizes and shapes of ear tips, allowing comfort of use regardless of the user. Available in two colors, the standard black will have matching ear tips of the same color, while the white headphones are accented in baby blue, being shipped with both white and blue ear tips.
In addition to the usual inline microphone found on most standard earbuds, the Turtle Beach Battle Buds also features a removable microphone that attaches to the ear tip itself. Not only is the microphone more sensitive than most standard earbuds, but the placement will also improve overall voice clarity. You’ll also find the standard inline controller as with most earbuds, allowing you to control the master volume, microphone muting, and access to a multi-function button for supported devices. Not only are these earbuds a great option for light weight gaming headphones, but these are still a great option for phone calls or music while on the go.
2. Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Bluetooth Gaming Earbuds
Another company known for their high quality gaming products, Razer has been at the forefront of gamer friendly keyboards, mice, and headsets for over 20 years. The Hammerhead wireless earbuds are specifically designed for gaming while also having the ease of use and convenience of standard Bluetooth earbuds. While currently we are unaware as to the compatibility of Bluetooth audio and voice inputs on the PS5, it is a safe bet to assume they will be supported once the new generation of consoles are released. Boasting up to 15 hours of use through the charging case, it also acts to protect your earbuds while not in use. Additionally, the water resistant design is IPX4 rated, giving you worry free use during exercise or outdoor activities.
While the earbuds have an impressive set of 13 millimeter drivers for deep bass and sharp treble, the most important feature to gaming comes with the low latency response. The headphones offer a 60 ms response time, giving you accurate and in sync game audio while avoiding stutter for a rich and competitive experience.
Although these headphones are great for gaming, they also have a number of features that make them high quality earbuds for everyday use. The Hammerhead earbuds have touch-enabled access for changing music tracks, adjusting volume, or managing phone calls. They also support voice command assistants for smartphones, allowing you control of Siri or Google Assistant.
3. Razer Hammerhead Pro v2
Another earbud headset released from the gaming experts at Razer, the Hammerhead Pro v2 wired earbuds are a flashy alternative to the wireless headset previously mentioned. Built with large 10 millimeter dynamic drivers, it provides excellent sound quality in a small earbud form factor. It features a 3.5 mm headphone jack that will be universally compatible across all console generations as well as most smartphones. You will find an inline microphone seen with most earbuds, giving you access to three quick action buttons for volume and phone call control.
The Hammerhead Pro v2 scores points on build quality above all else, which makes this a great option for both gaming, music, or calls on the go. The cabling is a flat and tangle free design, coming in the bright green Razer has become known for with their products.
Additionally, these earbuds are shipped with three ear tip options for a snug fit regardless of the user. While this iteration of the Hammerhead line may have slightly less frills than some of the other options, it provides high quality audio in a simple form factor.
4. Sennheiser CX 300S Earbuds
Known throughout the audio world as a top tier manufacturer of over hear and earbud headphones, the Sennheiser CX 300S headphones are a sleek and powerful set of earbuds for both everyday and gaming use. While these headphones may not be geared specifically towards the gaming audience, the overall audio quality you receive with Sennheiser should garner attention from anyone looking for a rich and detailed sound experience.
The CX 300S headphones come in the standard form factor you would find with may other earbuds, with an inline microphone and controller with a simple form fitting ear tip. Additionally, you will receive not only a carrying pouch for the headphones but also four different sets of ear tips (extra small, small, medium, and large) for a custom and comfortable fit. The fit and shape of the ear tip is designed to be noise reducing, allowing for passive noise cancellation in loud conditions.
Available in three colors, black, red, and white, these are a great option for those looking for high quality music earbuds while also providing a rich and immersive in game sound experience.
5. Razer Hammerhead Duo Wired Earbuds
Another iteration of the Razer Hammerhead earbud lineup, the Hammerhead Duo is an alternative to the aforementioned headphones from the same manufacturer. Finding many of the same features, these headphones come in a slimmer form factor for those who want as lighter listening experience. Instead of the flat thick cable found in the Hammerhead Pro v2, the Hammerhead Duo features a slim but durable aluminum frame braided cable. This results in a less pronounced cable, but all of the durability you would expect from high quality headphones.
In terms of audio quality, the Hammerhead Duo has a custom tuned dual driver setup, giving you “deeper bass and higher frequency detail for dynamic and superior audio clarity.” Built with the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and inline microphone/controller combo, you’ll also receive three sets of ear tips for a custom fit.
Available in two colors, green and black, they also offer a special edition release specifically for the Nintendo Switch.
6. KLIM Fusion Earbuds
A budget option in terms of gaming earbuds on the market, the KLIM Fusion earbuds are an attainable set of headphones while on the go or gaming. The biggest selling point of the Fusion earbuds comes with the customization, with KLIM offering five color options on this model. Coming in black, blue, green, red, and orange, they also offer a multicolored set of replaceable ear tips as a separate purchase. The ear tips themselves are also another point of pride, built with memory foam and shipped in three sizes for an extremely comfortable fit for all users.
You will find all of the normal features on these earbuds, with an inline microphone and controller for phone calls and music. Additionally, you’ll receive a carrying case as well as a 3.5 mm splitter, giving you the option to have separate microphone and audio connections for computers.
7. Sound Panda SPE-G9+
A slightly less known brand in audio market, Sound Panda has released a surprisingly high quality and multi-functional set of earbuds with the SPE-G9+. Not only does it feature rich and immersive audio, but it is built with all of the attachments and controls for both console gaming, music, and calls on the go.
In terms of audio quality, the SPE-G9+ earbuds are built with triple 6 millimeter dynamic stereo drivers, providing deep bass and a rich surround sound experience. In addition, the standard inline microphone and controller are great for on the go music and phone calls. Allowing for volume control, mute functionality, and track control, you’ll have all of the standard functionality outside of gaming. Additionally, the SPE-G9+ features an attachable microphone for in game chat, providing clear and high quality voice chat while gaming. Built with the universal 3.5 mm headphone jack, these will seamlessly function with most console gaming controllers.
Available in two colors, black and red, these earbuds are shipped with three different sizes of ear tips as well as a carrying pouch. Sound Panda promises a snug and comfortable in-ear fit, allowing for prolonged gaming sessions with their lightweight form factor.
How the Pulse 3D Headset Will Change PS5 Gaming
In addition to the announcement of the upcoming PS5 and their two different editions, Sony has also announced the release of the Pulse 3D headset as the successor to the PS4 Platinum headset that received high marks among gamers. Coming in a sleek and futuristic white design that matches the overall aesthetic of the console itself, these will be wireless over-ear headphones with a focus on the newly implemented “3D audio”.
Although the details are sparse as to the specs and feature set that accompany the Pulse 3D headphones, they have announced that it will feature dual noise canceling microphones. The 3D aspect of the Pulse headphones is the most desirable feature, allowing for a much more immersive audio experience beyond the normal surround sound you’d find with their previous headphone releases. This is not simply audio enhanced from the headphones themselves, but rather a uniform system of audio design baked into both the console and game development we will see on next generation titles. Powered by the Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, it will be a completely succinct audio experience that translates perfectly from game development to the console and subsequently the headphones.
The Pulse 3D headset will also feature the normal accommodations found with headsets, with easy access controls for microphone muting, master volume, and in game audio chat mixing. The headphones will have 12 hours of continuous wireless use on a single charge, coming with a wireless adapter and USB Type C charger. The headset will also ship with an included 3.5 mm headphone adapter, allowing you to not only make use of the headset while gaming on the new PS5, but also with supported smartphones and computers.
While it is yet to be seen what the full list of features and technology that power the brand new headset from Sony will be, you can be sure that it will compliment the full feature set and power of the newest generation of PlayStation consoles.
What Does the Tempest 3D Audio Engine Do for In-Game Sound?
As previously mentioned, the Tempest 3D engine is the core functionality behind the enhanced audio experience that you will not only experience with the Pulse 3D headset, but throughout the next generation game design coming with the PlayStation 5. While you may assume 3D audio is similar to surround sound, simply panning audio left to right within the headset itself, it is actually much more complex than that.
The Tempest engine has developed a true “3D” sound space, with the game development having directional sound adjustments, proximity sound adjustments, and audio level adjustments for the various sound effects.
For example, if you are in a dark and gloomy dungeon, the sound of water trickling down the walls will not only be directionally accurate, but as you move closer and further from the object it will fade and adjust throughout the 3D sound space. Once all of the sound effects are combined together, every aspect of the audio will be completely immersive and accurate as you move throughout the gaming world.
Because the Tempest 3D audio engine is implemented into the design of the games and subsequently supported by the hardware of the PlayStation 5, all of these sound effects will be supported by standard headphones, although they will be optimized with the Pulse 3D headphones Sony will be releasing along side the console.
Why Bluetooth Audio Will Be Necessary on the PS5
The biggest omission from the last generation of the PlayStation consoles was the support for Bluetooth audio and voice devices. While these are standard features among laptops, cell phones, and tablets, it was inexplicably missing from the release of the PS4. This was especially tragic for many casual gamers, as Bluetooth ear buds such as the AirPods were not supported natively. This would require either wired 3.5 mm headphones to be plugged directly into the controller, or a full featured headset that plugs into the console itself. The lack of universal support for these Bluetooth audio devices resulted in one of the most frustrating shortcomings of the previous consoles.
While nothing is guaranteed with the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5, one of the safer assumptions should be the support for the full range of Bluetooth devices. Due to the nearly universal availability on almost every piece of tech currently on the market, it would be a blatant disregard for gamers if they choose to not implement Bluetooth support when the console releases this holiday season. This will not only support popular wireless earbuds but also third party over-ear headphones from popular companies such as Beats, Bose, or even Sony themselves.
The Implementation of the 3.5 mm Headphone Jack on the New PS5 DualSense Controller
As with any new console, the PlayStation 5 will feature a brand new iteration of their long standing DualShock/Sense controller that has been a staple of the PlayStation lineup for years. Sporting a complimenting color scheme to the new console, the futuristic and stylish design is only the surface level improvement shielding the advancements they have made under the hood. With built in haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, built in microphone, and larger battery capacity, this is truly the most advanced controller Sony has released to date.
The big question when it comes to audio however was whether or not it will include the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack that was found on the predecessor. Luckily it has been confirmed that it will include the headphone input, allowing for your current earbuds or headphones to retain its functionality on the new controller. While you may find upgrading your headphones will be worthwhile with the new powerful Tempest sound engine, you will still have support for all of the basic headphones you have been using since the release of the original PS4 controller.
Recap: The 7 Best Gaming Earbuds for Sony PlayStation 5
- Turtle Beach Battle Buds
- Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Bluetooth Gaming Earbuds
- Razer Hammerhead Pro v2
- Sennheiser CX 300S Earbuds
- Razer Hammerhead Duo Wired Earbuds
- KLIM Fusion Earbuds
- Sound Panda SPE-G9+