What's the difference?
Both headsets are nearly identical upon first glance aside from their colors, but the Platinum packs a few extra features that the Gold wireless headset lacks. If you're looking for comfort, you can't go wrong with either one, but if you want more bang for your buck, take a look at the table below for what you're getting with the Platinum headset.
|Category||Platinum Wireless Headset||Gold Wireless Headset|
|Dimensions (from Amazon packaging)||9 x 4.7 x 9.9 inches||9 x 5 x 10 inches|
|7.1 surround sound||Yes||Yes|
|Noise cancelling mic||Yes||Yes|
|50mm speaker drivers||Yes||No|
What these features mean to you
You may be unfamiliar with a few of the above terms and what role they play in your audio quality, but they all serve their own importance. I'll break down what these features mean to you so you can make an informed decision when purchasing whichever suits your needs best.
7.1 surround sound
You may have heard of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. These are popular for home theater setups. Whereas 5.1 features six total speakers, 7.1 features eight. Now you can't exactly replicate this setup within a headset, but there are ways to virtually simulate it. With 7.1 surround sound, you're getting the best possible audio experience from more directions.
3D audio complements 7.1 surround sound to enhance its effects. Certain PlayStation 4 games fully support 3D audio, which will give you an even more breathtaking experience with sounds coming from all directions like above, behind, or below you.
Like that zombie about to bite into your brains that just stepped on a loose floorboard behind you.
50mm speaker drivers
Speaker drivers are little parts within the headphones that actually produce the sounds you are hearing. 50mm is referring to the size of their diameter. While it's nice fluff for marketing, you'll find that most people don't notice a huge difference in terms of sound quality between different sizes. Design and brand is more important than anything in this case, and Sony boasts that the 50mm drivers utilized in the Platinum Wireless Headset "provide amazing clarity and range of sound to your virtual world, from soaring highs and mids to a rich bass."
The bottom line
With both headsets being designed so similarly, those looking for a cheap headset that's comfortable can pick up the Gold Wireless Headset, but in terms of features, the Platinum Wireless Headset is by far the better of the pair.
Platinum Wireless Headset
First-party greatness with a Platnium price tag to match.
Sony's official first-party headsets don't get much better than this. 50mm drivers and 3D audio paired with 7.1 surround sound can help you get the most immersive gaming experience and help you better hear enemies.
Gold Wireless Headset
Second tier headset with a second-tier discount.
This model is acceptable for your basic headset needs and comfort. You've still got 7.1 surround sound and a noise-isolating mic for when you're yelling at your team to protect the payload, idiots!
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