After installing the headset on our test system and modifying the initial settings a bit in order to fit our preferences, we have tested it while playing Doom Eternal, Gears 5 but also Dark Pictures: Man of Medan. The SXFI headphone holography really adds quite a bit of atmosphere to the games, the “Battle Mode” enhancing the way you figure out how the enemies are positioned around you. The 50mm drivers are capable of delivering quite a bit of bass, while the voices are also clearly heard while using the standard SXFI or regular non-surround modes.
We are seeing improvements versus the previous models regarding the microphone as well, the new one having a better fidelity even versus the one found on the SXFI Theater; we would have preferred though to have an option to turn off the activity LED while the microphone is operating, since the continuously-lit red LED can be e bit distracting.
In terms of the material chosen for the earcups, the leatherette and foam material combination does provide quite a bit of comfort, but we would have preferred to have a plush variant as well, which is more durable in the long run.
The overall setup procedure was pretty straight forward without any issues; it is a must to have a profile defined for us by using the mobile application, in order to ensure that the SXFI algorithm will function properly and will be specifically tuned for you.
Creative is using the future-proof USB Type-C interface for this headset, but has also made available connectivity with older analog, stereo devices via the included 3.5mm cable. The USB cable is reinforced with Kevlar but also with braiding and can be also used for performing firmware updates. Versus a wireless headset, the cable clearly gets a bit in the way, making us wish the SXFI Gamer has had a wireless variant available as well.
The SXFI Gamer headset could be found online for about 122 Euros at the time of the review.
Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset is Recommended for:
We would like to thank again to Creative for making this review possible!