Skullcandy is returning to the gaming world with three new headphones: the SLYR, SLYR Pro and the PLYR headphones; all of which are aimed at various levels of players.
It’s been about 10 years since Skullcandy released its last gaming headset, the PLYR 2 (opens in new tab), a device the company no longer officially sells. Since then, gaming headsets have evolved dramatically, which means Skullcandy has its work cut out for this. The solution, at least according to the ad (opens in new tab)is to offer headphones that have a wide range of cross-platform functionality at a decent price.
Each pair of headphones is currently available for purchase at Skullcandy online store (opens in new tab) and are compatible with PC, mobile devices and game consoles.
Features and specifications
First you have the SLYR ($59.99) (opens in new tab)Earphone. Compared to the other two, this device is the most basic model. It’s a basic set of basic headphones; great for people who just want to plug in and listen. It houses two 50mm drivers that Skullcandy claims provide a wide “frequency range and rich, detailed sound”. There’s also an extendable microphone, plus mute and volume controls on the cups. So a pretty basic headset with no bells and whistles.
O SLYR Pro ($99.99) (opens in new tab), as the name implies, adds substantially more. It comes with a Clear Voice Smart Mic that filters out inverse noise to keep the audio clear with the help of AI. Players can calibrate their audio through a combination of Skullcandy’s Enhanced Sound Perception listening test and the new Skull-HQ app. In the app, you will also be able to adjust the mix between game and voice chat to have one louder than the other and manage audio equalization. For your battery, the SLYR Pro will last, according to Skullcandy. 24 hours. It also has fast charging.
For the PLYR ($129.99) (opens in new tab) headset, it’s hard to see what that extra $30 price tag warrants. If you take things at face value, the PLYR headset has two unique features: Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a built-in Tile feature, which is one of a kind. of tracking technology. Using the Tile app, you can make the PLYR headset “ring” to locate it if it is lost. However, looking at the specs of each headset, they all have Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. Also, SLYR Pro has the same built-in block tracking feature.
We reached out to Skullcandy to clarify what makes PLYR stand above SLYR Pro. Also, we asked how people can download the Skull-HQ app to control the audio. It’s not publicly on any online app stores, as far as we know.
Looking at everything, Skullcandy’s new headphones look potentially solid, even if two of them are a little too similar for our liking. But the question remains: will this be enough for Skullcandy to come face to face (or ear to ear) with the titans of the gaming headset industry? Probably not, but then again, these headphones are more basic and for gamers who don’t want to fiddle around with settings too much. On that front, they look good enough.
But if you’re in the market for something more robust, be sure to check it out. ‘s Best Gaming Headphones. We really like Steelseries’ Arctic Nova Pro. They come with low latency and built-in spatial audio. Just be prepared to pay a pretty penny.