So you all know Razer for the contribution to the PC gaming side of things with their incredible keyboards, mice, PC headsets, accessories and software. But now Razer is branching out to the console market and is creating some cool stuff for the couch based gamer.
With the release of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for the Xbox One you can now bring that incredible PC gaming headset quality to your Xbox One. Retailing at just $99.99 you’ll notice that it’s not in that range of headsets that other companies have out there for double the price but don’t worry too much, you won’t notice a difference.
Starting off with the looks of the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for the Xbox One you’ll notice that this headset is the same as what you’d be getting with the PC version of the Kraken Gaming Headset except only comes in the Matte Black finish that you’d be familiar with if you’ve owned any of the Razer products before they started adding the vibrant colors. The matte black has a great look to it and you won’t get any strange looks from people if you decide to use these out and about while listening to music. The ear cups themselves squishy fake leather design that will fit the average person’s ears, but unfortunately my ears are a little bigger than most and my ears stick out of the leather cups. The styling’s feature a plastic black looking mesh around the outside of the ear cups that gives it that signature Razer Kraken look. Along with the green Razer logo in the middle of each of the cups it gives it a very classy hint to its gaming roots. The cable however strays away from this and comes in a bright neon green, the typical Razer green which I think accents the matte black of the rest of the headset very well. This green cable is thicker than average, but it’s not so thick that it would become an issue and the rubberized cabling gives it that quality feel knowing it’s not going to just rip or break on you. Because it’s a gaming headset it does feature a thin microphone that can click down to support talking or click up if you don’t feel like talking. However, if you were to push the microphone up and then wrap it around the ear cup, it stays hidden and looks like a standard pair of headphones. Now I’m not sure if they were designed this way, but it works really well if you want to bring a pair of good headphones out and about without announcing to the world that this is a gaming headset. But what’s a good looking headset without some quality sound?
The sound quality on the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One is actually pretty good, which is much more than I was expecting for a non-MixAmp headset like the Turtle Beach’s I’ve used in the past. The headset can be loud and truly immersive at higher volumes and even has some sound cancellation because of the nature of the over the ear headsets. The sound quality is definitely better than Microsoft’s official Stereo headset which is great, but is only fitted with 40mm drivers which doesn’t replicate heavy bass very well. I would have expected with most of the headphones being released nowadays like the Beats by Dre for them to be extremely good with Bass, but unfortunately they fall short there. However for the average user I don’t see this being too big of an issue. The unidirectional microphone is wonderful and provides clear, crisp voice chat that doesn’t give that muddled sound that some of the cheaper microphones have.
Because this is an Xbox One gaming headset it comes included with the official stereo headset adapter that Microsoft sells by itself for $25. This adapter features five buttons including your standard volume up and down, a mute switch, and two buttons that change whether the chat audio or game audio is louder or quieter. This is great because when you’re playing by yourself you can bump up the game audio, or tune it down when you’re trying to talk to your team or party. This piece is necessary because Microsoft has kept the headset and microphone port on the bottom of the Xbox One controller proprietary, unlike the 3.5mm jack that comes standard at the bottom of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4.
Also included in the package is an extension cable that allows you to use the headset with your PC. The original plug for the headset is a 3.5mm 4 ring TRRS standard which allows for audio and microphone. This is a single plug, but standard PC’s require them to be split so the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One includes that cable that splits it into the two 3.5mm three ring standard (The green and pink plugs). It also includes a small Micro USB cable for charging your Xbox One controller. It should also be noted that you can use this headset to listen and talk on your cellphone, is great for when you’re listening to music and you get a phone call so you aren’t required to take off and unplug your headset before answering the call.
Overall the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset is a solid addition to any Xbox One gamer’s arsenal. It provides pretty good sound, it’s comfortable if your ears aren’t really big and comes in at an affordable $99.99 for the budget conscious gamers out there. All of that included in a stylish matte black finish this gaming headset is a solid choice.
- Optimized weight for extended wear
- Closed ear cup design for maximum comfort
- Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32? at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1 V/Pa): 110 ± 4 dB at 1 kHz Max
- Input Power: 50 mW
- Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium magnets
- Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 50 dB
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1V/Pa): -40 ± 3 dB
- Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
Razer Kraken Xbox One Gaming Headset Review
Unacceptable |Not Recommended | Acceptable| Recommended | Highly Recommended
The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One was reviewed using a review unit provided by Razer.