If you’re a certified audiophile, then I’m pretty sure you already know how Sennheiser rolls. They’re extremely popular for their noise-cancelling earphones.
But what about in the world of gaming? The German audio company is exploring the playing field with its G4ME ZERO headsets – will they meet our expectations? Is this the best budget gaming headset EVER? We’ve created an in-depth review below!
One thing that I can tell you about Sennheiser’s Game Zero design is that they have definitely upgraded from their old GSP 300 which was way too bulky for anyone to transport.
Unlike their previous creation, they have turned the table and made Game Zero geared for portability. You can either get Game Zero in colors black or white. What’s interesting is that it comes in with shiny red highlights regardless of what color you chose.
Another noticeable difference is that this comes in with a thin, flexible headband and foldable earcups. It’s nice to know that they’ve really stepped up their game – Game One (another one of their past creations) hasn’t been too convenient in that department.
The real party starts with is handsome carrying case. This goes together with Game Zero, it takes transportation to a whole new level.
However, the only problem here is that the mic on the left earcup isn’t detachable. If it weren’t for the foldable design, I wouldn’t be having fun time. Luckily, they were quick to come up with a back-up plan. It’s a perfect companion for your life’s regular humdrum.
The peeps from Sennheiser placed the volume wheel on the right earcup. If anything, it looks pretty well-hidden to me. If you’re going to put everything together, the company made this headset relatively simple.
I also like how Game Zero is able to cover my ears completely. It receives an additional star in the comfort department.
Its earcups have some awesome double-layered memory foam that encloses the sound. Not to mention it feels great on my head.
Props to its weight distribution, the shape and size of each part doesn’t look awkward.
And it doesn’t feel awkward as well. It wouldn’t be a complete package if it weren’t for its padding, which allows long gaming sessions.
From what I’ve experienced, it offers around a 5-hour gaming marathon. Considering the price range, it’s way better than other competing headsets.
I tried it out with some other games as well. And just like what I’ve expected, it came out brilliantly. Game Zero was hitting all the right notes – mission dialogue, sound effects, and music.
This was when I was giving it a test run while I was playing StarCraft II and Captain America in Marvel Heroes. So, you might be asking “Hannah, I don’t see anything wrong…” Well, you can’t.
Not just yet at least.
I noticed that a few things were off when I was playing Witcher 3. To be honest, it sounded like the dialogues were coming from the bottom of a well – yeah, it isn’t something you’d want to hear.
I’m not saying that it’s a big deal, but Game Zero doesn’t have a software.
It’s kind of impossible to tweak some things to make it bearable. For gaming performance, I wouldn’t recommend it for dialogue-heavy adventures.
We kind of have a love-hate relationship with Sennheiser with its gaming performance. And unfortunately, it’s the same thing all over again.
When listening to your jam, the instruments have been emphasized. It has the right amount of balance which gives off a wholesome experience.
However, they feel a bit muted and distant.
After I’ve tried on different songs on my playlist, the bass and drums aren’t highlighted enough. It seems the Game Zero has a hard time picking them up. This is especially evident in the song to “The Hand of John L. Sullivan” by Flogging Molly.
As for the vocals, they were okay. I mean, it was obviously front and center, but not in the way I wanted it to be. If I’m going to be brutally honest, the soundscape is better off for chat. Not really with music.
It might not be able to cancel out all of the background noise, but it blocks most of it. Either way, it doesn’t really make much of a difference.
When I decided to try out different angles of the mic, its performance remained consistent. It was able to get my voice clearly even when I placed it in high angle (just above my mouth). The same result was given when I placed it below it. With that being said, I’m satisfied.
Bottom Line: Should You Buy It?
My experience with Sennheiser Game Zero has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. It’s not a perfect headset, that’s for sure. It mainly depends on what you need. It IS comfortable, I give you that.
Let’s see. If you’re into competitive games, then you’ve found your best bet. Single-player games where dialogues aren’t really important, it offers a spectacular experience.
However, if you’re someone who’s into a role-playing game aficionado, it’s advisable for you to stay away from Game Zero and invest in something more capable.