Skullcandy is ready to chase your gaming ears – again

Skullcandy returns to the gaming world with three new headsets: the SLYR, SLYR Pro, and PLYR headset; all of which are aimed at different levels of players.

It’s been about 10 years since Skullcandy launched their last gaming headset, the PLYR 2 (opens in a new tab), a device that the company no longer officially sells. Since then, gaming headsets have come a long way, which means Skullcandy has its work cut out for it. The solution, at least according to the ad (opens in a new tab)is to offer headsets with a wide range of features for multiple platforms at a decent price.

Each pair of headphones is currently available for purchase at Skullcandy’s online store (opens in a new tab) and are compatible with PCs, mobile devices and game consoles.

Features and Specifications

First you have the SLYR ($59.99) (opens in a new tab)helmet. Compared to the other two, this device is the more barebones model. This is a basic set of entry-level headphones; great for people who just want to plug in and listen. It houses two 50mm drivers which, according to Skullcandy, deliver a wide “frequency range and rich, detailed sound”. There’s also an extendable microphone as well as mute and volume controls on the cups. So, a fairly basic headset with no bells or whistles.

The SLYR Pro ($99.99) (opens in a new tab), as the name suggests, adds a whole lot more. It comes with a Clear Voice Smart Mic that filters out rear noise to maintain clear sound using AI. Gamers can calibrate their audio through a combination of Skullcandy’s Enhanced Sound Perception hearing test and the new Skull-HQ app. In the application, you will also be able to adjust the mix between the game and the voice chat in order to have one louder than the other and manage the audio equalization. For its battery, the SLYR Pro will last you, according to Skullcandy. 24 hours. It also has a fasted charge.

For the PLYER ($129.99) (opens in a new tab) headset, it’s hard to see what justifies that extra $30 price tag. If you take it at face value, the PLYR headphones have two unique features: Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a built-in Tile feature, which is a type of tracking technology. Using the Tile app, you can “ring” the PLYR headset so you can locate it if it gets lost. However, going through the specs of each headset, all have Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. In addition, the SLYR Pro incorporates the same tile tracking function.

We reached out to Skullcandy to clarify what makes the PLYR sit above the SLYR Pro. Additionally, we asked how people can download the Skull-HQ app to control audio. It’s not publicly on any online app store, as far as we know.

Decent headphones

All things considered, Skullcandy’s new headsets look potentially solid, even if two of them look a little too similar for our liking. But the question remains: will that be enough for Skullcandy to go head-to-head (or ear-to-ear) with the titans of the gaming headset industry? Probably not, but again, these headsets are more entry-level and aimed at gamers who don’t want to fuss too much with settings. On that front, they look pretty good.

But if you’re looking for something beefier, be sure to check it out. TechRadar’s Best Gaming Headsets. We really like the Steelseries Arctic Nova Pro. They come with low latency and built-in spatial sound. Just be prepared to pay a pretty penny.

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