HyperX Cloud Core Wireless Review: A Headset Full of Surprises – Man of Many
When I accepted the HyperX Cloud Core Wireless for review, It was under the guise that this headset is PC only. Considering most of my gaming is done via console, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this $159 quality, mid-range headset is also compatible with additional platforms. Why HyperX kept this under wraps remains a mystery. But the good news is that a wide range of gamers can appreciate the clear audio and 3D virtual surround sound offered by this sleek black unit. Here’s what you need to know:
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|What We Love||What We’d Change|
|Quality audio||No Bluetooth|
|DTS virtual surround sound||Short charging cable|
|PS5, Switch compatible|
HyperX Cloud Core Wireless Audio Performance
HyperX equipped its Cloud Core Wireless headset with 53mm drivers for a superbly accurate sound with admirable highs and lows. The bass is surprisingly powerful for such an affordable headset and should satisfy gamers and music lovers alike.
I first tested the headset playing Horizon Forbidden West. Hero Aloy comes through clear and precise when involved in dialogue, and it’s an absolute treat hearing the subtle environmental sounds with such attention to detail.
Over on PC playing Forza Horizon 5, Cloud Core Wireless does a great job broadcasting the deep roar of various engines and the energetic, upbeat soundtrack to boot. So whether it’s the heavy drone of Bring Me the Horizon or the melodic vocals of Wolf Alice, every familiar song sounded just the way it should.
HyperX kept the price tag down by removing the 7.1 surround sound of its premium headsets and instead gives you free access to DTS Sound Unbound, a virtual surround sound platform. Every headset comes with a two-year subscription to this excellent software with a custom profile tailored to the Cloud Core Wireless. Connect the headset to a PC, and download Sound Unbound. It will automatically recognise your specific headset giving you free access to a 3D soundscape for gaming.
The benefit here is spatial awareness and the sense of a surround sound setup, all from two comfortable earcups. That’s a two-year subscription without having to hand over any personal information, and it costs USD $29.95 to keep access should you continue with this headset well on into the future.
The detachable condenser microphone has a frequency response of 20 Hz – 6.8 kHz. It’s not the best range but I experienced no issues during testing. According to HyperX, the mic features built-in noise cancelling with reasonable sensitivity and response. In addition, there’s a button on the left earcup to mute the mic as required.
Cloud Core Wireless is marketed as just a PC headset, despite supporting other platforms. The official HyperX website and headset box both read “compatible with PC”, even though the instruction manual includes a section on connecting to PlayStation 5. From testing, I discovered the headset also works with a docked Nintendo Switch. Plug the dongle into the Switch dock and you’re good to go. Sadly, I was …….