This is very interesting. Analyzing the budget of the mouse, keyboard, headphone and monitor that you exemplified, it is concluded that, despite having many very expensive options, they don’t matter that much?
I made the statement that gear in general doesn’t matter much. Does it make a difference? Maybe, but skill is around two orders of magnitude more important. If you are top 50% and you get better gear the gear itself won’t even put you in top 49%.
I further claim that audio gear in specific doesn’t deviate from the general rule. That claim isn’t exemplified by the general rule, but is true in and of itself. Please go and get the cheapest somewhat competent 5$ IEM (like a kz ate) and listen to this and then tell me that cheap headphones aren’t good enough for locating enemies (Virtual Barber Shop (Audio...use headphones, close ur eyes) - YouTube).
I’m just gonna say you don’t realize how big of an advantage you can get out of audio tuned directly for fps games […] You’d shit bricks if you heard a proper fps centered headphone setup and you are just plain wrong saying headphones in general are all good enough. It comes down to the simple fact that you don’t know what you’re missing out on […]
I did play fps games with audio equipment costing well above 1k$ (HD800 and Xonar Essence ST) and I’m just gonna say, that the advantage you speak of does not exist.
[…] or you’ll never hear the difference anyways because not everyone can.
Lol. If you can’t hear the difference, why get the equipment in the first place Do you know the story " The Emperor’s New Clothes"… this is “it is so much better and if you disagree with me, it is because your ears suck”
The reason you placed that well was your game sense and reliable teammates
What do you know about my teammates? If I play competitive, I usually play solo/with matchmade teammates, so there is no reliability when it comes to mates. What you say about game sense is correct and is the key here!
Let me make this clear: When playing FPS games it is extremely important to be able to locate your enemies! I am always baffled when I play something like Valorant about how often in spectator mode I can clearly see that my teammates arent able to tell where the enemies are. This ability to locate an enemy is one crucial input for your game sense. And that is where it’s relevancy stops. Good ability to locate an enemy is crucial, but that alone puts you maybe from top 50% to top 45-40%. But any headphone does this!
Note that I am talking about competitive advantage! If you want a nicer headphone, a more comfortable headphone, a more convenient headphone, a more pleasant headphone for music listening, etc. I am all for it. If you want a wider soundstage or better imaging, if you want a more immersive sound I will be the least person to stop you. Just don’t think you will get a competitive advantage.