When playing a multiplayer game on the PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 4 Pro, voice chat is important. I mean, how else will you communicate those crucial moments to your team, how can you alert them to the enemy around the corner, or ask them for help to back you up? Like most gamers, you will want a headset to use with your PlayStation 4. But which one do you chose? There are tons of headsets on the market that could be used, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend. HyperX has stepped in with a new headset designed for PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro gamers in mind. Enter the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core.
Now right off the bat, the biggest thing that you might notice is the color is off. When you hear the name HyperX, the color RED should immediately jump into mind. But the Cloud Stinger Core is blue? I don’t have an explanation for you as to the color change on the Cloud Stinger Core, but my guess is it is to go with the blue that is normally associated with the PlayStation 4.
With the blue and white box, we can see that the front has a picture of the Cloud Stinger Core’s, along with verbiage explaining that this headset was designed for use with the PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 4 Pro. On the rear of the box we get a breakdown of features, and on 1 side we also get some additional specifications for the Cloud Stinger Core. The last side of the box is just plain with an image.
Upon initial inspection of the Cloud Stinger Core, you will notice the same basic design as with the Cloud Stinger headset we reviewed a few months back. While the basic design and shape are the same there are fewer similarities between them. The Cloud Stinger Core closed ear cups contain a 40mm driver and have memory foam filled ear pads like a lot of other HyperX headsets, but the covering is a velour-type cover. The same velour padding is along the top of the headband, allowing the headset to rest comfortably on the top of your head. The Cloud Stinger Core is light, very light, and I found their weight made them very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The ear cups I did find to be slightly on the small side, and while they did cover my ears entirely, they were not much bigger than my ears. On either side of the ear cups is a wire leading to a center joint a few inches down. Below the joint where the cables meet, there is a set of in-line controls for the headset, including volume and a mic on/off switch.
|Driver:||Dynamic, 40mm with neodymium magnets|
|Type:||Circumaural, Closed back|
|Sound pressure level:||99dBSPL/mW at 1kHz|
The microphone on the Cloud Stinger Core matches the mic used on the Cloud Stingers with the exception of not being uni-directional. Below are the following specs for the mic:
|Element:||Electret condenser microphone|
|Frequency response:||50Hz-18,000 Hz|
Overall I can say that without a doubt the Cloud Stinger Core headset is an excellent quality entry level into the console headset market. Being light weight, durable and offering quality sound and mic response makes these an easy choice. With a weight of 215g, this light headset will keep you in the game for longer. Being a PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro exclusive, grab these, plug them into your controller – and start issuing battle commands to your squad!
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core will be available at Best Buy soon for an MSRP of $59.99 CAN.
We want to thank HyperX for providing us with a review unit.
Unboxing & Hardware Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PS4/PS4 Pro Headset
An Excellent quality entry level headset for the PS4 & PS4Pro