Thrustmaster Headset 300CPX DOOM Edition (Hardware) Review

Thrustmaster Headset 300CPX DOOM Edition (Hardware) Review

There are a lot of different gaming headphones on the market, and that’s putting it lightly. Oftentimes it’s hard to choose from the many different options and different requirements. Personally, I prefer wireless headsets, as there is less hassle, less mess, and fewer things for my dog to trip on when she inevitably walks in front of my TV while I’m gaming. With that being said, I understand the want for a wired headset, there’s a certain reliability that comes with them and the reassurance of a physical connection between your game console and yourself. A good offering in that category comes in Thrustmaster’s 300CPX DOOM Edition. With great sound and a really cool design, these headphones aredefinitely solid, but the typical issues that face wired devices are still very prevalent.

Thrustmaster Headset 300CPX Doom Edition (Hardware) Review 4Designed for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Wii U, handheld devices and last gen consoles (excluding Wii) these headphones work for almost anything. Inside the box, you get the headset itself with a 3.5 mm connector jack, a detachable microphone and the wired connection with its controls and adjustments attached. The headphones themselves are actually quite comfortable, and the Doom finish on the earpieces and the audio controllers are cooler than I’d like to admit.

Thrustmaster Headset 300CPX Doom Edition (Hardware) Review 1Unfortunately, the functionality of the Thrustmaster 300CPX DOOM Edition headset sometimes comes at the cost of sound quality. When using the headphones for party chat, or even when listening to music, they work like a dream. That’s because the simple 3.5mm is a direct line into the device you wish to use. Once they’re hooked up to the control device that connects to your console however, there are issues. Maybe it’s because there are too many pieces that can move, or maybe it’s something else, but in-game audio tends to crack a lot. It’s not a huge issue, but it is noticeable, and to be honest, I’d rather just play with my TV’s built in speakers. The wires themselves are also pretty cumbersome. Since the connection to the game console is detachable from the headphones, I found myself in a constant struggle between finding the right distance from the TV and sitting without my head feeling like it’s being dragged down—all while trying to not get tangled up in the wires. But that’s just a standard issue with wired devices; you don’t have completely free range of movement with your head. I wish the detachable wires were a little bit longer so I didn’t have to deal with that drama.

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Still, as far as wired headphones go, these Thrustmaster DOOM Edition do the trick. Aside from the odd crackle, they produce very solid sound output with a lot of bass, which makes shooting Hell demons on Mars that much more enjoyable. They’re also great at sound reduction, so I never bothered anyone with them on, and outside noises did not exist while I was gaming. I also liked the inclusion of the detachable microphone, a touch that allowed me to actually take this headset out of the house and use them like headphones without the fear of looking like a complete fool.

Overall, the Thrustmaster 300CPX Doom Edition headset works really well. It’s a higher end headphone for a player that demands the best sound quality. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fix any of the issues prevalent with wired headsets, and the neck issues caused from never being completely comfortable while I played hurt my overall opinion of them. Still, if wired headphones are your preference, this is one of the better devices you can get.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 (Hardware) Review

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 (Hardware) Review

The Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 is the newest edition of the Hotas-series of flight sticks, this time aimed at PlayStation 4 users.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 (Hardware) Review 3Design-wise, it’s nearly identical to the Hotas X joystick that was released for the PlayStation 3 a few years back. It comes in a sleek black and blue, with PlayStation markings on each of the buttons and features a detachable throttle and joystick (albeit still connected by a cable), which allows players to adjust the device to whatever suits their play style. The stick was light and didn’t feel cumbersome. I also really enjoyed that it was very easy to use. All that’s required is simply plugging the stick into a USB port on a PS4 or PC and that’s it. Every button on the Hotas 4 is clearly marked with its controller equivalent, making it surprisingly simple to navigate through menus. The main joystick on the Hotas 4 is also very responsive and features a grooved handgrip and a dual rudder system activated by twisting the joystick to steer the plane. Players who own the TFRP Rudder Pedals can plug into the back of the Hotas 4 for that extra bit of realism.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 (Hardware) Review 1The stick retails for $99.99, which makes it one of the more affordable controllers out there—something that is always appreciated. The Hotas 4 also comes packaged in with a starter pack for the free-to-play World War II shooter War Thunder, an additional plane, 500 in-game credits and week-long access to a Premium account.

Despite the ease of accessibility, I do wish there was a bit more weight to the throttle. When I was flying one of the bigger planes in War Thunder, there was no real resistance. In comparison to the other parts of the Hotas 4, it felt pretty flimsy. It was hard to make slight adjustments because the throttle was so sensitive and occasionally broke the immersion when piloting some of the bigger planes in the game. In addition, while the Hotas 4 comes with the aforementioned War Thunder starter pack, War Thunder is also currently the only PS4 game compatible with the stick. Unless you already have a PC or are planning to get one in the near future, it doesn’t seem like a worthwhile investment yet until more PS4 games are compatible with the device.

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Despite issues with the throttle, the Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 is a solid entry point for people looking to get into flight simulators thanks to its sleek, detachable design, accessibility, and affordability. However, if you already own the Hotas X, there’s no real purpose to purchasing this as they do the same thing and the X is also compatible on PS4 and PC. While it didn’t suddenly convert me into being a flight simulator fan, it’s something in which I can definitely see the appeal for those looking to get into the genre.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals (Hardware) Review

Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals (Hardware) Review

When I was sent the Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals for review, I legitimately had no idea what to think, especially having no prior experience with flight simulator accessories. After spending some time with them, I realized that while it may have not appealed to me specifically, there’s a lot to love for dedicated flight simulator fans.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals (Hardware) Review 1The T-Flight Rudder Pedals, or TFRP for short, is very well designed. The rudder is designed in a way where you can either rest your feet on the pedals, or partially on the removable heel rests placed at the bottom. As someone who has big feet, I was glad that the pedals could be customized in a variety of ways. While the TFRP is lighter than I thought, the rudder is surprisingly very stable. There was never a point where I felt like the rudder would shift during more intense sessions with it. The TFRP is also very easy to plug in, as it’s compatible with all PC-based flight sticks and primarily the PS4-based Hotas 4 flight stick via USB. However, after spending some time playing War Thunder while using both the Hotas 4 and the TFRP, the pedals didn’t give the game a learning curve as much as it did a learning cliff.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals (Hardware) Review 2Two of the key features in the TFRP are differential braking and the S.M.A.R.T. slide rails. Based on real-life aircrafts, differential braking allows for each pedal to have its own individual brakes, allowing for tighter turns in the air. At the same time, the S.M.A.R.T. slide rails self-center the rudder’s axis, giving the feeling of resistance. The TFRP is well calibrated. The problem is trying to manipulate the slide rails, the brakes and the flight stick simultaneously makes things a lot more difficult for newcomers. I would continuously press on a pedal and or accidentally adjust the slide rail and ended up spinning out and crashing my plane within minutes, if not seconds. It makes it tougher for casual players to want to get into flight simulators. It’s only really worth it for those who are willing to put the time into practicing it.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals (Hardware) Review 3The Thrustmaster T-Flight Rudder Pedals are great additions for flight sim fans looking for the most realistic flight experience there is, aside from actually flying a plane. Its solid design and lower price point make this a good entry point for those willing to enhance their flight sim experience, but I still would only mainly recommend it to hardcore fans, as the steep learning curve make it hard for any casual or inexperienced player to fully enjoy.

Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 Powered DOOM Edition (Headset) Review

Thrustmaster Y-350X 7.1 Powered DOOM Edition (Headset) Review

I have no experience buying gaming headsets. I’m not usually a PC gamer, so I’ve never felt the need to purchase one; I’m usually content with the small headset pre-packaged with my Xbox One. After spending some time with the Thrustmaster Y-350X DOOM Edition headset, however, I realized how much I’ve been missing out.

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The Thrustmaster Y-350X Doom Edition headset features 7.1 virtual surround sound on 60mm drivers. The acoustic quality is absolutely top notch, and the surround sound gave me a greater sense of spatial awareness than I’d ever experienced in a videogame before. Playing the DOOM demo with the headset on was an assault on the senses in the absolute best way possible. Hearing demons screaming in every direction with the game’s bass-heavy soundtrack blaring, I felt like I was actually taking part in these firefights. The only way I could have been more immersed is if I were actually in the game. In fact, playing the demo with the headset on actively sold me on buying DOOM far more than my original headphone-free playthrough did. This increased level of immersion is not simply limited to DOOM, either.  Playing multiplayer shooters like Overwatch while wearing the headset made me feel like I was in the middle of the most heated battle of my life, with shootouts and explosions occurring all around me.

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Design-wise, these are some of the most comfortable headphones I’ve used in a while, thanks to the memory foam cushions. As it is the DOOM Edition, the Thrustmaster Y-350x features a cool design style inspired by the sort of equipment you might find in-game, with UAC logos inside each cushion.

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The main highlights of the Y-350x come courtesy of the Sound Commander and the Y-Power Pack. The Sound Commander plugs in at the bottom of the controller (similar to the Chatpad) and with it, you can adjust everything from the bass level, feedback, and volume balance between the game and chat, as well as setting separate volume levels for the microphone and the game itself. The commander is very responsive and simple to use. Every option comes with its own individual volume bar, so you can adjust everything to your liking. While the headset can still be plugged into the microphone jack on its own, a lot of the features are lost without the sound commander, so I would advise against it. The Y-Power Pack is also a much-needed bonus, allowing the Y-350x to basically use its own power source without draining the Xbox One controller’s battery. There’s even a light on the Power Pack that displays how much power it has before it needs to be recharged, which is easily done via USB.

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It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however; I experienced  a few problems during my time with the Thrustmaster Y-350x. When I originally used the headset, there were l occasions where party chat failed to pick up the removable microphone. Furthermore, at times incredibly loud static would blare from the headphones, despite everything being plugged in properly. While these moments were few and far between, they were still significant enough to give me pause, especially since, retailing for over $170 , the Y-350x is far from the most affordable headset on the market.

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Overall, I would recommend the Thrustmaster Y-350X DOOM Edition headset to any Xbox One player looking to get a quality headset. Despite the few connection/mic issues and fairly high price point, the headphones are comfortable, the sound commander and Y-Power Pack are fantastic features, and the 7.1 bass-boosted surround sound delivers amazing game immersion.