The Logitech Gaming Headset G330 is a low budget pick, which works on the PS3 as VoIP mixed with in-game sound. No sweat, literally; it has comfortable foam earpieces that won’t make your ears sweaty. And that’s really why I got ‘em in the first place. I wanted a light, small headset. Not any circumaural headphones with ear-cups of leather or artificial leather.
The headset features adjustable behind-the-head design, a noise-cancelling cardioid microphone, which in practice works well. The VoIP is pretty clear, but listening to in-game sound lacks power overall.
There are also in-line audio controls on the cord, which allow you to adjust the volume or mute the microphone.
The cable is sufficient, 2.4 m. Having a cord means, a) no issues Wi-Fi or Bluetooth dropouts, b) no inconvenient recharging of batteries, and c) cables lying around. (They should invent a technology to charge batteries wirelessly, now wouldn’t that be something?)
How to mix the in-game sound
Even if this headset is designed for Windows-based computers and Macs, it does work on the PS3. And, as stated above, you’re able to get the in-game sound mixed with the VoIP, that is, if you rewire the cables. Here’s how:
1. Connect the USB adapter in one of the port of the PS3.
2. Plug the headset’s output (male) to the input of the USB adapter.
3. Plug your TV or amplifier output (via a 3.5 mm-cable, male to male) to the phones input of the USB adapter.
4. In Settings > Accessory Settings > Audio Device Settings, select the Input Device to the headset, and select the Output Device to HDMI, or whatever you use.
5. In Settings > Sound Settings > Audio Multi-Output, turn this setting to “On”.
Actually, I don’t think step 5 is necessary, but it won’t hurt setting it on. Truth be told, the sound this way won’t be too good though – forget about sound whoring. But it does work.
The Logitech Gaming Headset G330 was my first headset. Since then I had the Tritton AX 180 Headset (plainly bad sound), the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX21 (too loud hiss), the Sony PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition (bad bass rumble effect, it’s like someone knocking on the headband) and nowadays I use the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 (so far, the best).
Gaming headsets are only, at their best, good for gaming. None of the headsets can match “real” headphones, such as Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. Hell, even a pair of Koss Porta Pro sounds better than any of these (including the legendary Astro A40).