HyperX has introduced a slight upgrade of its wireless Cloud Flight gaming headset at CES 2020. It is called the Cloud Flight S, and its major new feature is Qi wireless charging. Instead of plugging it in for charging, you can simply rest its left earcup on a wireless charger (which you unfortunately have to provide) to refill it.
The Cloud Flight S is not necessarily the first headset to enable wireless charging, but it is one of the few options aimed at gamers to use the Qi standard instead of their own wireless charger. That it costs $ 159 (the same price as last year’s model) makes this an attractive option for those who want a Qi-ready gaming headset. But if you were hoping for greater changes to the Cloud Flight, such as vastly expanded wireless compatibility with platforms beyond PS4 and PC, or the leap from Micro USB to USB-C, you might be disappointed.
Just like the 2018 Cloud Flight, which my colleague Nick Statt enjoyed during his time, the Cloud Flight S claims to have a battery life of 30 hours, and has a removable, bendable microphone. The headset connects wirelessly to the supplied USB receiver via the 2.4 GHz frequency and works as intended with PS4, PS4 Pro and PC, as these offer native support for third-party wireless headphones.
However, the same cannot be said for Xbox One. That console does not work with wireless headsets that do not use Microsoft direct connection technology. In the case of the Nintendo Switch, many headphones that use receivers (such as these) can work while they are connected to the Switch’s dock, although we have not been able to test them to see if it works that way.
To solve this, the Cloud Flight S includes a 3.5 mm cable that you can use to connect to most Xbox One controllers and the Switch console when you are on the move. The $ 100 Arctis 1 wireless headset from SteelSeries solves that wireless problem as I would like HyperX to have.
That model includes a USB-C 2.4 GHz wireless adapter, which provides lag-free wireless audio on the switch and telephones that use the port (as well as all other consoles with a USB-C to A adapter). The Cloud Flight S may have a head start with its new Qi charge function, but it is disappointing that it costs a premium without seeming to jump ahead in other ways.