A good gaming headset is arguably just as important as the game you’re playing, or the console or PC on which you’re playing it.
Hearing the game’s immersive audio all around you as you creep through darkened streets, search for enemies in a multi-layered map, or watch a story unfold before your eyes is an incredibly important part of the experience.
There are, of course, no end of great gaming headsets out there to pick up, and Nacon is throwing its own hat into the ring with the new RIG 600 Pro, which has two models: the HS and the HX.
As you might imagine, the HX is intended for Xbox consoles, while the HS is aimed at PlayStation gamers. We’ll be taking a look at the HS today – its release date, how much it’ll cost, and what you’ll get if you buy it. Let’s get started!
Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS release date – when did it come out?
The Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS is out right now!
The headset launched back in September (according to Nacon’s website), so you can grab it right now directly from Nacon itself.
Both the PlayStation and Xbox models are available, too, so you won’t have to wait for your preferred model to launch.
Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS price – how much will it cost?
Nacon is positioning the RIG 600 Pro HS as a mid-range headset, so it’s not going to come super-cheap.
At time of writing, the headset will set you back around 100 euros, which works out at about £86. That’s if you buy the 600 Pro directly from Nacon’s website.
The headset didn’t seem to be readily available from any other retailers when we checked, so you might have to get this one straight from Nacon.
Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS features – what can this headset do?
The feature set for the RIG 600 Pro is pretty impressive on paper. Here are some of the things the RIG 600 Pro can do for your gaming setup.
- Dual-mode connectivity. You can connect to two devices with the RIG 600 Pro thanks to both 2.4GHz and Bluetooth technology, so you can quickly swap between a PC and a mobile device, for instance. This means if you get an important call while you’re gaming, for instance, you can quickly take it without having to disconnect and reconnect your headset.
- 40mm speakers with “powerful bass”. Nacon is very much emphasising the RIG 600 Pro’s bass capabilities in its rundown; the headset features heavy bass, but it does also promise “balanced audio rendering”, so you won’t lose any of the highs or mids into the mix either.
- Lightweight construction. This isn’t going to be a heavy headset, so you should be able to wear it for long periods of time without your head getting heavy or tired. Nacon estimates that the headset weighs around 240 grams.
- Long battery life. You should get around 24 hours of battery life out of the RIG 600 Pro if you connect it with Bluetooth, and if you use the USB-C adapter, then that number drops to around 18 hours, which is still pretty good.
- Omni-directional mic with noise cancelling. According to Nacon, the microphone on the RIG 600 Pro HS features a microphone that should be able to pick up audio from all sorts of directions, and it cancels outside noise as well, so your voice should come through loud and clear when you’re talking to friends on voice chat. Not only that, but if you fold the microphone into the headset, it’ll automatically mute itself.
- Companion app. If you need to tweak any of the settings on the RIG 600 Pro any further, there’s a companion app available that will allow you to do just that. The 600 Pro Navigator app features the ability to tweak the headset’s EQ, change your microphone’s level, and more.
- Widespread compatibility. Despite being created for the PlayStation 5, the RIG 600 Pro HS’ compatibility doesn’t stop there. You can use this headset with the PS4 too if you wish, and it’s also compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.
Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS reviews – what are the critics saying?
Since the RIG 600 Pro has been out there in the wild for a minute now, critics’ opinions are starting to pour in, and they’re broadly very positive indeed.
Writing for CNET, Lori Grunin praised the headset’s solid sound quality, lightweight build, and dual-mode connectivity, but she criticised the “just okay” microphone and lack of 3.5mm connection for direct wired input if necessary.
She concludes her review by saying that the headset is “not best in class”, but that given the price tag, you get “a lot for the money” if you buy it.
TechRadar’s review of the headset is perhaps decidedly more positive, awarding it four out of five stars and praising its “fantastic” audio quality and “detailed and chunky” bass. Drawbacks include what reviewer Rhys Wood considers to be a “cumbersome” connection process.
In a review for GodisaGeek.com, reviewer Lyle Carr says you’re “not going to find a lot better” for this price when it comes to audio quality, calling it “the best headset [he’s] ever used”. That’s high praise indeed!
A slightly more critical review comes from TweakTown, where reviewer Kosta Andreadis praises the headset’s Dolby Atmos integration and dual-connection capabilities, but criticises its out-of-the-box sound and range of “all bad” equaliser presets.
In short, it seems like the Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS is a very solid choice indeed if you’re looking for a new gaming headset as your daily PS5 driver.
Since it’s also compatible with a range of other devices, you can also use this as a Switch or PC headset, and you’ll get the same great sound quality from it, if what reviewers say about the audio quality is to be believed, of course.
Xbox gamers should rest assured that the HX version of the headset is likely to sport all of the same advantages as its PlayStation cousin, too!