To some, games are just a way of relaxing and passing time between life’s less exciting things. You know, like sleep. Or work. To others, gaming is the ultimate entertainment experience and to fully immerse yourself in it, not only do you need a massive TV, you need a good way of surrounding yourself in the audio of a game.
Now, the obvious solution is to bag yourself a fancy 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound system and plug it all in. What this means however is that you’ll have speakers all over the room and often wires trailing from the speakers all over your floor. Then if you live somewhere that limits you from cranking up the sound to an insane level, you can’t ever really fully enjoy it without irking those inconvenient people you refer to as neighbours. This is where the Tritton Warhead headset comes in.
Now, gaming headsets aren’t exactly new things any more – you can go out and buy all manner of headphones ranging from cheap stereo sets with a basic mic attached, to whopping great surround sound, wireless rechargeable sets for sizeable sums of money. The Tritton headset is a pair of headphones that falls into the latter category; yes, they are expensive, but unsurprisingly for the price, they are worth it.
Let’s get the boring technical stuff out of the way first. The Warhead headset is a 7.1 wireless surround headset that connects directly to your Xbox 360 without wires. Might not sound like much on its own, but when you remember that the only other completely wireless headset for Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s own creation, this is something special. The sound quality of the Warhead is top-notch, featuring 5.8GHz Wireless technology to remove interference from other wireless signals and deliver unbeatable sound quality – we got to play Darksiders 2 with the Warheads and it sounded incredible.
Being wireless, this naturally means batteries need to be charged and used to keep the audio flowing but thanks to the inclusion of two batteries, this should never be a problem. As well as being the central hub, the small pyramid that cradles the headset when not in use, doubles as a charging station for one battery. So it’s one in the ‘phones and one in the dock meaning there should never be a time when you can’t use the headset.
Staying with the dock for a moment, it also serves as your central information point as you can see what you’ve set your headset up to do. You’ll be able to see which player you’re connected as and which audio mode you’ve got switched on. Promising to be a multimedia headset, you’ll be able to cycle through a couple of EQ settings that switch the headset through music, movie and game modes for the ultimate experience with each. To boot, any settings you want to change are done so using the headset itself using buttons hidden away in various places. Sound volume, chat volume, EQ type, power and microphone muting can all be changed without leaving your seat and with practice, without even taking the headset off of your head.
Aesthetically, the Warhead headset is your typical hard plastic and heavy design other Tritton sets have used. They’re not the most comfortable things ever when you first use them but once they’ve sat on your head long enough, they’ll more likely feel stranger off your head than on.
For a whopping £200 (or something relative to that), the Warhead headset isn’t cheap and the lack of PS3 support might be a deal-breaker for some. But if you’re looking for a headset that sounds good, looks good and functions perfectly with Xbox 360 consoles, you won’t find better than this.
To find out even more about the Tritton Warhead headset, visit the official website.