If you were a PC user, it would be easy getting a DAC, amp, or sound card to satisfy your audio needs. But why isn't it the same for console users? With 30 years of legacy and technical expertise in PC audio, we are venturing beyond the PC and into gaming consoles, and the Sound Blaster G3 is our answer. Designed to be a fuss-free, driverless audio upgrade for your gaming consoles, the G3 is meant to provide users with premium gaming features without having to break the bank.
Making our first foray into gaming audio on consoles, we debut our latest GameVoice Mix for game and voice chat balance capability, a customizable EQ preset with custom-tuned Footsteps Enhancer, and on-the-fly audio adjustments without having to exit your game's screen.
If all you have ever known is the default audio on your consoles, try the G3. We'll let its performance speak for itself.
Powered by USB-C. Perfect for PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac.
An instant audio upgrade, the G3 is powered entirely via USB-C. This one dongle works directly across the different platforms that you own—PS4, PS5, Switch, PC, or even Mac. The best part? The setup doesn't get more straightforward than how we've designed the G3 to be—no special software, and no drivers needed. And to enjoy USB audio, simply plug in the G3 to your devices, and it will work straight out of the box.
For devices with the older USB-A port, we've provided a USB-C to USB-A converter. All that's required is for you to plug the converter onto the G3, and plug it into the USB Type-A port to hear improved audio quality.
Game Better. Chat Better. Win Battle.
You have that pair of headphones. It's your absolute favorite, but why do you need to fork out so much more in order to get access to that ONE feature you covet?
The G3 debuts our latest GameVoice Mix*, a gaming feature often found only in products that are priced at a premium. The G3's GameVoice Mix gives you game audio / chat balance capabilities—all without having to let go of your existing headphones or hurting your wallet.
Chatting with your team while gaming on PS4? Balance your game's audio and teammates' chat volume as you wish. Without leaving your game screen, our GameVoice Mix volume dial allows you to easily increase your voice chat volume during a raid to hear your team better, or decrease the chatter and amp up your gaming audio during a particularly climatic scene on your game—simply plug in the G3 via the USB-C and Optical / Line-in port to better your gameplay.
*This feature is available for PS4, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, and PS5 via optical connection only.HOW TO SETUP GAMEVOICE MIX
Setting up GameVoice Mix on different platforms
The volume control scroll wheel on G3 allows you to balance the volume levels between your gaming audio and teammate's voice chat dialogues. Flip the switch on the right side of the G3 to ‘MIXING', and while connected via USB and Optical-in, simply set the end points and sources as below:
PS4 / PS5 SETUP
To set up the GameVoice Mix feature on your PS5 or PS4, please refer to our dedicated support page for Sound Blaster G3.
Windows PC Setup
After plugging in the G3 to your PC, follow the steps:
After plugging in the G3 to your Mac, follow the steps:
One Hand. All Controls.
Built with form and functionality in mind, the G3 provides direct access to the independent mic and volume controls on each side of the device. While you're busy maneuvering in-game with one hand on the controller, you can make mic and volume adjustments instinctively on the other with just a single hand grip!
Microphone Volume Dial
Increase or decrease your mic volume
Microphone Mute Switch
Toggle between the mute and unmute switch for microphone
Toggle between Default mode and Footsteps Enhancer mode
LED Light Indicators
Off: Default Mode
White: Footsteps Enhancer Mode
Connect with your microphone
Optical / Line-in Port
Connect the G3 to your PS4 / Nintendo Switch / PC or Mac via the Optical Cable (provided) or a Line-in Cable (not provided) for GameVoice Mix
GameVoice Mix / Volume Dial
GameVoice Mix: Control the volume mix between your gaming audio and teammate's voice chat to you
Volume: Increase or decrease the volume level of your audio
GameVoice Mix's LED Light Indicators
Orange: Gaming Audio > Voice Chat
Green: GameVoice Mix On
Blue: Voice Chat > Gaming Audio
GameVoice Mix / Volume Switch
Toggle between the GameVoice Mix feature or volume level of your audio
Headphones / Headset Port
Connect with your headphones or headset
At the core of G3 lies a sound chip that supports high-definition audio performance, with the capabilities to drive studio-grade headphones of up to 300Ω. Combined with a super compact and lightweight form factor, this is the audio upgrade that's been missing from your console's setup.
The simple way to talk and listen, Creative Chat is a stereo headset that works on all operating systems and platforms via the standard 3.5 mm analog jack connection.
Compatible with most of the popular conference apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, the headset features a retractable noise-cancelling boom mic with a direct microphone mute switch, perfect for productive work calls.
When you're done with work, the Creative Chat is also tuned to deliver full and rich stereo audio for any media enjoyment—movies, music, and games alike.
3.5 MM ANALOG CONNECTIVITY
EASY INLINE CONTROL
40 MM NEODYMIUM
Plug in and that's it. The Creative Chat is a simple and straightforward 3.5 mm stereo headset that just works. It's compatible with most of the popular conference call apps too, you name it—Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Cisco WebEx, Facebook Messenger, and Google Meet—fuss-free, and worry-free.
Connect to the 4-pole 3.5 mm analog jack on your PC, Mac, or even mobile devices, and be ready for your online calls in seconds.
Be heard without disruptions, from wherever you are. Creative Chat solves the issue of disruptive work calls in noisy environments, whether you're at home or in the office. With a passive noise-cancelling condenser microphone, your voice gets picked up over the surrounding noises and heard clearly by the callers on the other end. This keeps their focus on what you have to say and presents you as an effective communicator.
The built-in boom microphone is also retractable, so you can choose to lift it upwards to get it out of your way when you're not in a call, and back down for a video conference.
Quickly toggle the microphone switch to unmute yourself when it's your turn to speak. The convenient inline remote lets you mute and unmute yourself easily with just a slide of the switch, as well as instant volume adjustments on the volume control dial.
No more scrambling for that unmute button that's buried deep inside the conference app amongst the many tabs and screens anymore.
At around £55/$60, the Sound Blaster G3 is a significant investment. However, it is something that you can use with a wide range of consoles and computers, or even Android phones, and you'll get some benefit out of it even for listening to music or playing non-competitive games. For that reason, if you want to take your audio quality seriously and you're using wired headphones, the G3 is a sensible acquisition.
Sound Blaster G3 + Creative Chat Bundle
For $60, this is an excellent addition to your gaming experience, especially if you have cheaper headphones, or, if you are like me, you play your games through a monitor with terrible speakers. If you are a fan of gaming audio but don't have the best setup right now, it's worth your time to pick one of these up today.
Sound Blaster G3 + Creative Chat Bundle
If you’ve got great headphones that cost a small fortune, they’ll ensure you’re able to get the most out of them. I’ll admit, not everyone needs a good amp, some just don’t care. However, if you want to spark life into your movies, music and games, this is a pretty affordable way to do it!
Sound Blaster G3 + Creative Chat Bundle
The G3 plugs direct into my laptop's USB-C port and immediately improved the audio capabilities of my work station. 1. Headphones and speakers sounded better with purer silence - no electronic hiss! 2. Zoom and Google Meet conferences are clearer for my audience with the G3's mic-in. 3. Enjoy clean, high resolution recordings for media productions. The unit is even capable of recording live system sound as an input! Overall the G3 punches hard well above its weight! and I am not even using it for gaming yet.
Great companion to my SHP9500.