Quick look: Sony DR-GA500 PC gaming headset


Sony has announced two new gaming headsets, the DR-GA500 and DR-GA200. The headsets have apparently been designed with the user in mind following user research showing what gamers want from the perfect headset. Both the DR-GA500 and DR-GA200 have 40mm drive units, which provide premium gaming sound. They also have a ‘triple enfolding‘ design to allow for those marathon WoW sessions in comfort.

The major difference between these headsets is the DR-GA500 features 7.1 digital surround sound, ideal for first person shooters when what you hear is just as important as what you see. The sound is sharp and clear as the DR-GD500 uses a Dolby Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoder with Sony Virtual Phones Technology to create realistic 7.1 channel 3D surround effects enabling you to pinpoint your enemy. There is a separate signal-processing unit which comes in a compact external unit with the DR-GA500.

Features of the DR-GA500 are:

  • 40mm driver unit
  • 7.1ch 3D effects – Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoder with Sony Virtual Phones Technology
  • Boom mic – High quality, compact boom microphone is built-in

Unfortunately, the DR-GA200 does not have the 7.1 surround feature or the signal-processing unit. If you are after a more entry-level headset, the DR-GA200 is definitely an option. Both models have a compact boom microphone for clear communication with your teammates. The headsets are quite stylish and I would certainly put these to good use. There is a very noticeable difference when you have played a game previously without the headset and when you replay a game with the headset as you will hear sounds you never heard before, providing a much more immersive experience.

These headsets rival the Logitech G-Series, which I recently reviewed. Sony’s headsets are not quite as customizable as Logitech’s and they also lack the noise-cancelling feature. The headsets will be available from 15 October along with the much anticipated Medal of Honor as a promotion.

With many gaming accessories competing for your attention in the next few months, what will be your weapon of choice? Let us know in the comments.