There certainly has not been a shortage of gaming headsets by way of third-party manufacturers in the past few years. We've seen impressive entries in the market from brands like Turtle Beach, Astro, and Logitech, all of which perform well, but are priced as high as $250.
So why is it that Sony took so long to offer a first-party PS3 gaming headset? I'm not totally sure, but it's a shame because the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset is really good. It's incredibly easy to set up and use, plus its sound quality performs much higher than its $100 price tag would indicate. It would be interesting to see how well this would have sold had it been released back in November 2006 along with the original PlayStation 3.
Of course the headset will only work with a PS3 and the virtual surround-sound mode is forgettable, but all things considered, Sony has produced a smart, highly functional accessory.
But after five years, is this worth a $100 investment in a console that's in the latter stages of its life cycle? Check out my full review to find out.