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How Bass Affects Game Play

Audio is crucial to the gaming experience, but for those of us without a deep understanding of the technical details it can be tough to know which aspects really matter. When it comes to bass, it's easy to think that the bigger number must mean that it's better, but that's definitely not always the case. The level of bass on your gaming headset is extremely important and can make the difference between a good and bad purchase, or even life and death in multiplayer titles.

First off, you'll definitely want to be able to adjust the bass on your headset so that it suits the game that you're playing. That's where a top of the line headset like the HyperX Cloud Alpha S with built-in bass adjusters can come in handy. Below, we'll take you through how bass affects your gameplay and why the Alpha S is a great headset that can enhance your gaming experience.

How Bass Levels Affect Your Gameplay

There's no denying that big booming bass can be an enjoyable listening experience. And if you're diving into the single-player campaign for Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor or another shooter, knock yourself out! Pushing the bass to the max will really make you feel it when a tank fires off a round nearby, or add extra impact when you hop onto a meaty mounted weapon. If you're looking to get immersed in an action-heavy blockbuster, heavy bass is the way to go.

However, as soon as you look to take those shooter skills online, that thumping bass you've been enjoying is only going to drown out the important audio cues. In multiplayer FPS, awareness is the key to your success, which means you need to be able to pick out sounds that live in the higher frequency range. Things like footsteps, reloads, and other enemy actions could easily get muffled if you're kicking the bass up to max. No one likes to get caught off guard in a game of PUBG, Fortnite, or Apex Legends, so make sure you've taken that bass down a notch to pick out those quieter sounds and get the drop on your enemies.

Are RPGs more your style? Gaming headsets are often designed with only high bass in mind, but to enjoy the sweeping scores and orchestral pieces of most western or JRPGs, you'll need balanced audio. Push the bass too high and you'll lose the intended effect and may even struggle to hear important dialogue during pivotal moments of the melodramatic story.

However, swapping between bass profiles every time you change game is a painstaking task that few will bother with, and task can be even more difficult if you jump into multiplayer in the same game. Thankfully, with the HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset you can switch bass profiles on the fly using the adjustable sliders on the headset cups.

Not only do the custom-designed 50mm Dual Chamber Drivers produce clear, undistorted bass, with three available slider positions (Closed, Half Open, Fully Open) so you can find the bass level that suits you and your current situation. Want to beef up some explosions in singleplayer? Crank that bass up. Looking to appreciate the lighter elements? Drop the bass and keep those ears alert. There's no need to mess with decibel settings and equalizers while you're switching between games. Even an audio newbie can make the most of the Alpha S gaming headset.

While gaming is certainly our favorite hobby, we know that it's not the only way to enjoy a good headset. With bass adjustment sliders, togglable 7.1 surround sound, and long-lasting comfort, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the perfect headset for enjoying movies and music too. Like to chat with your mates? The Cloud Alpha S comes with a game and chat mixer that lets you adjust the balance so that you can always hear what you need to. Whatever your choice of game or level of audio expertise, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset will let you get the bass you need for the audio entertainment you choose.