Thanks to the one and only Major Nelson, I got a new headset at PAX West 2017. The Ghost Recon Wildlands Y-350x Headset for Xbox One and PC. Over all it has been a nice upgrade from my Microsoft Stereo headset. Thanks to their deep base from the 60mm over ear drivers and 7.1 virtual surround sound. Though so far the best part is the memory foam padding keeping my ears from hurting during those long play times. While all this sounds great, there are some drawbacks.
First up, to keep these headphones from draining the controller’s battery too quickly, Thrustmaster attached an inline power pack that you can charge separately.
The problem is now you always have this floppy thing attached to your controller, and it is always pulling your headset down. I am not sure why they couldn’t have just made the control pad for the headset bigger, and hid the battery in that, since you can’t detach the two from each other anyway. Speaking of the control pad, here is a look at it:
It is pretty easy to control once you get used to it, and the back lights are nice, but the problem is the back light doesn’t stay on for very long, so sometimes you have to push something real quick to turn on the back light before you can find the right setting.
The last annoyance is probably the biggest. When you first turn on the Thrustmaster Y-350x’s there is audible hum/buzzing. It is supper irritating. Though once you give the headphones a slight workout the buzzing stops. It is like they need to get a range of sound pushed through them to calibrate themselves. Then they sound great.
All in all I like the sound and the bass these headphones are able to provided, but they are not perfect. However, for the money they probably perform much better than other $150 headsets, and you can get them for as little as $100 if you look around. With The Ghost Recon Wildlands Y-350x Headset you just got to learn to live with their little flaws. Which is a shame because with a few design tweaks they could have been truly great, but since I got mine for free, who am I to complain?