Today, I have the Venom Vibration XT+ Headset for review. The XT+ is a step up from the XT model, and has added support for the PlayStation 4 console. As well as working with the PS4, you can also use it with the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Mac.
First up, the packaging. The front of the box has a half and half design going on. The left side of the box has the Venom logo, the name of the headset, and a short bit of text informing you about the vibration technology that is included. The right hand side of the front of the box gives you a view of one side of the headset through a clear plastic window. Under this window there is a list of the platforms that this headset can be used with. The back of the box lists several pieces of information related to the headset, including the fact that the headset boasts 40mm drivers, as well as the 3.85 metre cable. At the bottom of the rear of the box there are a couple of diagrams showing how to quickly set up the headset for both component and HDMI cables.
The headset itself is securely transported in a clear plastic insert. The first thing I noticed when removing the headset from the box is how light the headset is. It has a nicely padded, fully adjustable, Venom branded headband, padded earcups which both have the Venom logo, and the generous 3.85 metre cable. The cable contains the inline volume controls, the USB connector, component cable adapters, and the 2.5mm plug for the Xbox 360 controllers. Also included in the box is a detachable microphone for the headset, and a user manual.
Connecting the headset up to your platform of choice is reasonably straightforward, especially if you are familiar with setting up headsets previously. If you do get stuck, the included user manual is helpful as far as getting you up and running.
I don’t have a PS4 so was unable to test it with that console, but I did put it through its paces on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The headset vibration feature is something that worked surprisingly well and being able to control the amount of vibration using the dedicated switch on the inline control was a nice touch. The vibration made all the difference during game play with the 30mm vibration speakers – it was as if it was bringing the game to life that little bit more. Also included on the inline control box was the mic mute switch, and the volume controls for both chat and game volumes. Having dedicated game and chat volume control is always a nice bonus because there is nothing worse than not being able to hear chat over the game volume. The sound quality was very impressive for both game and chat on all platforms, and I was informed that my voice was nice and clear and there were no reports of any feedback or distortion. Having the logo on each earcup illuminate in an eye catching red colour when in use just added to the list of nice touches that this headset contains.
The XT+ headset was a pleasure to wear for prolonged gaming periods. The padded headband and earcups definitely played a large role in the comfort department, as did the fact that the headset is nice and light. I don’t have massive ears and did not encounter any discomfort during long sessions. I cannot comment as to how comfortable the headset would be for people with larger ears, though I doubt there would be an issue, if I am honest.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the Venom XT+ Headset. It provides comfort, it adds to the game playing experience, and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform (all except the Xbox One) is a bonus. The vibration features adds an extra level to the game that you are playing and having the option to increase and decrease the level of vibration means that it isn’t something that is forced on you. For the price you pay (£32.99 GBP) and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform, this is a headset that I would highly recommend.