PDP Afterglow Prismatic Headset: Redesigned and Universal


While there are plenty of platform-specific audio solutions out there, I love universal gaming headsets. If I can use it on a PS3, Xbox, and PC, it’s a fantastic value proposition.

PDP thinks the same way, it seems, which is why the new Dolby-certified Afterglow Prismatic 5.1 headset just made its debut at E3 this week. Priced between $179.99 and $199.99 (final price will be announced soon), the Prismatic takes the popular lighting and aesthetics from the rest of the Afterglow line, and adds wireless 5.1 Dolby surround sound. The lighting is multicolor, as opposed to the single color options in the previous model, and the headband has been completely redesigned — one band instead of the original two-part wire system. We’ll be doing a full review once the Prismatic is closer to launch, but the sound quality on the show floor was admirable, plenty of bass without getting some of the muddy rumble that’s cropping up in gaming audio these days.

For anyone interested in buying a headset to use with that PlayStation 4 you’re planning on buying, rest easy. The Prismatic, and in fact all the current gaming headsets that work with the PS3, will work with the PS4. The new hardware is handling audio the same way as the PS3, over USB, optical and Bluetooth.

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