HyperX has debuted a slight improve to its wi-fi Cloud Flight gaming headset at CES 2020. It’s known as the Cloud Flight S, and its large new function is Qi wi-fi charging functionality. Instead of plugging it in to recharge, you’ll have the ability to merely relaxation its left ear cup on a wi-fi charger (that you just’ll have to supply, sadly) to fill it again up.
The Cloud Flight S isn’t essentially the primary headset to permit wi-fi charging, but it surely’s one of many few choices focused towards players to undertake the Qi customary in lieu of a proprietary wi-fi charger. That it prices $159 (the identical worth as final yr’s mannequin) makes this an interesting choice for individuals who desire a Qi-ready gaming headset. But should you had been hoping for greater modifications to the Cloud Flight, like vastly expanded wi-fi compatibility with platforms past PS4 and PC, or the bounce from Micro USB to USB-C, you could be disillusioned.
Like the 2018 Cloud Flight, which my colleague Nick Statt enjoyed throughout his time with it, the Cloud Flight S claims to have 30 hours of battery life, and contains a detachable, bendable increase microphone. The headset connects to its included USB receiver wirelessly through the two.4GHz frequency, and it really works as supposed with PS4, PS4 Pro, and PC, as they provide native help for third-party wi-fi headphones.
However, the identical can’t be mentioned for Xbox One. That console doesn’t work with wi-fi headsets that don’t use Microsoft’s direct connection tech. In the case of the Nintendo Switch, many headphones utilizing receivers (corresponding to this one) can work whereas plugged into the Switch’s dock, although we haven’t had an opportunity to check this one out to see if it really works that method.
To remedy this, the Cloud Flight S features a 3.5mm cable, which you should use to plug into most Xbox One controllers, in addition to the Switch console once you’re on the go. SteelSeries’ $100 Arctis 1 Wireless headset solves that wi-fi drawback in a method I want HyperX would have.
That mannequin features a USB-C 2.4GHz wi-fi adapter, which permits for lag-free wi-fi audio on the Switch and telephones that use the port (in addition to all different consoles with a USB-C to A adapter). The Cloud Flight S might need the sting with its new Qi charging function, but it surely’s disappointing that it prices a premium with out seeming to leap forward in different methods.