Siberia v3 Gaming Headset Review: Multi-Platform Perfection
Recently SteelSeries released the long-awaited update to their popular Siberia series, introducing four new models under the Siberia family. The new models include the updated v-series which I tested this week, along with a new Siberia v3 Prism model, and the new Siberia Elite Prism and Siberia RAW Prism options.
While finding a headset that works for a PC or a Mac is effortless, finding a great option that works with all of your platforms can be a laborious chore. Headsets can be expensive, and come in a vast variety of options, and if you finally settle on a pair that you enjoy, then you will most likely want that pair to work with all of your devices. The v3 works with both PC and Mac, the PS4 and the Xbox One, as well as mobile devices. Although I personally think multi-platform support should be a necessity when a company designs their headsets, not all high-end headsets work so effortlessly across the board.
With a new internal-design to enhance your system’s audio and brand-new SteelSeries speaker drivers, the V3 is the end-result of ten years of design and field-testing from the company, starting with the v1. I found that the v3 is easily the most-comfortable headset that SteelSeries has ever created, though it does share some important components that I loved with previous installments to the Siberia line. The ear cups on the Siberia v3 feature a noise-reducing memory foam (a step-up from the standard foam padding) and it’s soft and lightweight. In just a few minutes of playing Borderlands TPS, I forgot I was even wearing a headset.
More importantly the v3 offers the SteelSeries suspension design borrowed from the previous Siberia collection. Out of all the headset designs and models that I have tested over the years, I don’t think any other manufacturer has bested the suspension design; in performance or in comfort. If you haven’t tried a pair you really should, the self-adjusting band ensures a perfect fit, and stops the weight of the headsets from centering on the top of your head or at the ear-cups. The v3 are also one of the lightest options that you can find, perfect if you play for long hours.
The standard v3 version lacks the upgrades of its more-expensive brothers, the v3 Prism and the Siberia RAW Prism, but offers the same terrific sound and compatibility at a lower price-point. One downfall of the v3 standard edition is that you can’t configure them through the SteelSeries Engine. This isn’t a design flaw, it’s a design choice. The headset was made to be as compatible as possible, and since only PCs and Macs offer the SteelSeries software, it wasn’t included. First of all, the headset was designed to be optimized out of the box so you don’t exactly need to fiddle with any custom controls. Secondly, any of a PC’s, console’s, or mobile devices’ EQs settings can take the place of the SteelSeries engine, so you can still tweak your platforms settings to get the exact sound that you enjoy. Alienware users or other premium PC brand customers tend to enjoy using the custom audio software included in their models (like Alienware Audio, or Razer’s Comm Service) and if you do then these are the perfect choice to effortless blend into your custom setup.
At $99 they are also on the low-end of the price-scale for premium headsets. Some people might want to upgrade to the v3 Prism or the RAW prism for the included extras, but I think the v3s are a perfect installment to any gaming setup. I’ve recommended SteelSeries to everyone that has come to me for peripheral advice in the past for their customer service, their quality and their pricing, and I think the v3s are the perfect example of SteelSeries commitment to those three points.